Ice build up on floor of freezer drawer starting under ice maker
I have noticed a build up of ice on the floor of the freezer drawer in our 4-year old LG French door refrigerator, starting under the ice maker. Any idea what might be causing this or how to fix it? I suspect the ice maker may be leaking water periodically, but it appears to be working normally.
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Here's a link to a great website that will help you understand what might be causing your freezer to have that ice build up. I could explain it here, but if you look at this link, they've already done a wonderful job.
Water on the freezer floor has only two sources, 1) ice maker overflow/leak, or 2) defrost drain plugged. For the first you can turn off the ice maker and shut off the supply water for a few days to see if the problem recurs. If this is the problem determine if the water fill valve leaks or the ice maker is the problem and replace the offender. For the second, thaw out and clear all the ice, paying special attention to the drain located under the freezer (cooling) coil. Then clear the blockage from the drain tube. BE CAREFUL AND DO NOT USE WIRE OR SHARP ITEMS as this can pierce a hole in the drain requiring replacement, not something you want to do or pay for. A turkey baster and hot water are useful tools to flush out the blockage allowing water to drain freely into the defrost drain pan under the refrigerator.
The defrost cycle is melting ice that will not go down the drain tube in the rear of the freezer. This can be a clogged tube due to debris, organic growths or ice blocking flow. What doesn't end up dripping into the fridge ends up freezing in the freezer compartment. Make sure the fridge is level or tilted back slightly.
Unplug the fridge from power. Remove the contents of the freezer and remove the ice maker, back wall plate and floor plate in the freezer section. Remove ice build up on the floor and tray in the freezer by thawing and soaking up water. Flush hot water (use a turkey baster to get at it) at the opening of the drain hose that is connected to the tray to thaw any ice.. once flowing to the evapraor tray under the fridge, mix up 1/2 oz of bleach and 4 oz of water and pour down the tube to kill any bacteria.
Reassemble and restock the freezer. Monitor the temperature of the fresh food (34 deg) and freezer (0 deg) compartments. If you notice the temperatures start to climb, there may be a problem with the defrost timer, terminator, etc. and may require a pro's help.
Close, it is in the freezer. It is your defrost drain. that ice was actually ice originally, just from your evaporator. the defrost heater comes on when the evap. gets frosty white, it melts, and then is supposed to go down your drain. if it is clogged, it will build up, and just freeze because it is around zero in there. my advice, take off the back wall of the freezer, look for the drain under the aluminum coils that is toward the back wall. get your moms hair dryer and go at it
yep, it looks like a frozen drain pipe.
to solve it , defrost your frig for 24 hours.
if that doesn't help, see the following page for details how to fix it.
drain is blocked. remove back panel inside freezer and melt the ice off at the bottom with a hairdryer then follow up with hot water till drain flows freely. if fault reoccurs, then you may have a fault with the defrost system