Sub-Zero 550 water dripping on right side of freezer forming ice on draw
I have a Sub-Zero 550 and water is dripping onto the freezer draw and freezing making it hard to open the freezer. It seems like water is leaking out of the tray. How do I fix? How do I get to the tray and drain line to see if it is plugged up?
I have the same problem. Technician investigated today and after defrosting the ice build up, figured out that the condensation drain itself was broken. He had never seen this before; the Sub Zero people said there is no fix as the drain is encased in the foam insulation. As the unit is 15+ years old, Sub Zero said we were on our own.
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Re: Sub-Zero 550 water dripping on right side of freezer...
The drain line has been clogged. There is actually a defrost heater kit for that problem if you can get the obstruction out. Did you call factory at 800-222-7820 or a local factory authorized servicer? The drain is accessed by removing the fan shroud and evaporator cover. There are a number of of phillips head screws that hold this in place. Once you have removed the two cover you will see the drain tube on the left side of the unit. I use a hair dryer to start defrosting the tube. If you have another freezer in the house it is easier just to turn the freeezer section off for a day or so. I use nitrogen to blow the line out from the bottom once everything has defrosted. Test for water flow, then put unit back together. Call the factory at the number above for the heater kit part number and they will also give you the local authorized parts supplier. The locator web address is http://subzero.com/locator/locator.aspx?type=0&zip=Zip%20Code
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Right hand side wall in the freezer - take a look- any frozen water or moisture? Need check a drain line, usually defrost heater inside the freezer wall getting bad and draining water just freezing inside of it.
Personally it does not bother me that much on mine. But since you asked, there is drain line that runs into the drip tray underneath. The line should not have any bends in it to form a P-trap which will hold enough water in to form a seal, so when the door closes and the pressures equal you have a gurgling sound. If it really bothers youtry these steps, remove the kick plate by removing the two phillips head screws on either side. The drip pan is suspended in the middle of the support and will probably have water in the drip pan so put a towel down before you start. Once off shine a light to see if the tube has a bend in it. Depending on when it was made there may be a clamp that hold the drain tube in place. Carefully pull the hose past that clamp to remove sag and eliminate the bend which forms the P-trap. You have to be careful as the hose maybe brittle and come apart. So if you pull to hard you may wind up replacing that line which requires pulling the unit at considerable cost. There is a check valve that can be ordered but was only used for a short time. The inline check valve was a part number 4202130. If it bothers you too much and don't want to try the fix here is the Sub Zero locator page for parts and service. http://www.subzero.com/locator/locator.aspx?type=0&zip=02030
your drain is clogged or frozen over,the drain is most all the time in the middle back bottom of freezer,you might have to remove the freezer back wall to get at the drain,use a hair dryer to melt the ice and a metal hanger to clear the drain,let me know how you make out-mike
The right side of the freezer has a drain that is plugged with ice. When the freezer defrosts the water runs down the inside of the box and onto the drawer rails, where it then freezes. The drain tube is normally kept ice free by an aluminum strap wrapped around the copper defrost tube in the freezer heat exchanger, which runs down into the drain tube. Over time the copper defrost tube gets some surface corrosion and the aluminum strap doesn't get warm enough during the defrost cycle to melt ice in the tube. If you can get it apart, you can clean up the tub surface with steel wool, or buy the electric defroster for the drain tube to replace the aluminum strap.
Clarkk I have seen this many times. Your drain is clogged. If you pull the drawers out and pull the top cover you will see the evap. On the cover you will find a nozzle that goes to the drain. Use some compressed air and blow out the drain. In some cases there will be some silicone that will need replaced. You can get a food grade silcone sealant at a hardware store. Hope this helps.
Ice maker was intermittent at best - ice was often just a shell. After
two failures to correct we had the ice maker (a Whirlpool - on a Sub
Zero - Go figure) replaced. Then the paddle that detects the ice level
broke. Next step a new GE.
I had a similar issue that started about a year ago with my Sub-Zero 550. My freezer gasket actually tore after several times of freezing closed. I thought that a new gasket would solve it, but a second but related problem developed where I was getting alot of condensation under the left side of the unit, with the water dripping onto the floor...eventually staining the hardwood floor in front of the unit.
I traced the problem to a clogged condensation drain pipe in the refrigerator. It is a corrugated pipe that drains a trough behind the crisper drawers. My pipe was clogged with black sludge and frozen down below. The condensation in the fridge would overflow out of the trough and leak below the crisper drawers, down out through the gasket.
To resolve, I used a piece of solid thin wire folded in half and twisted with a small loop at the end to fish out as much sludge as I could. Then squirted hot water into the pipe until it totally unclogged. I believe this will solve the problem without any need for a heater underneath the unit. The 550 worked fine for 4-5 years before this happened.
there are 2 possibilities. first the drain is blocked causing water to overflow from the defrost water gulley at the bottom rear of the inside of the fridge. this can form ice as it is close to the division between fridge and freezer. second, the .fault of ice growth can be caused by breakdown of the cabinet insulation. of the two, the first is the moree likely. to test drain is cloear, pour a little water down the drain. if it does'nt flow freely, push something flexible down the drain hole till blockage is clear