Question about LG LRFD25850 French Door Refrigerator
As the defrost happens, rather than draining elsewhere, the water pools in the bottom of the freezer and freezes. After 15 days, there is a sheet of ice big enough to prevent the freezer door from sliding all the way shut.
The real problem is that the drain which carries the defrost water away from the coils (and down to the external pan underneath where it should evaporate) has become plugged with ice (from having left the door open thereby icing up the coils and the drain). The problem you have now is that the normal defrost cycle was not designed to melt the ice plug that is blocking the drain. Solution: You have to either (1) if you're handy, you can remove the plastic panel over the coils in the back of the freezer and melt it out with a hair dryer or hot water -- or (2) unplug the unit, leave the doors open and let it melt out by itself. I don't know how long you'd have to wait for (2) to completely melt the ice plug -- I'm guessing at least 24-36 hours to be sure. I did (1) and it took me about 2 hours to remove the freezer bin and door, remove the main drawer slides, remove the internal drawers and their slides, remove the back inside panel, find the ice plug (lower left side of the drip tray under the evap coils), melt it out with hot water from a baster, verify that the drain was clear, reassemble in reverse order. But it worked. Problem completely solved -- no water since. By the way the drip tray was completely full of ice - right after a defrost cycle had completed -- so this problem will never resolve itself without intervention. Bear in mind, the whole cycle COULD happen again if the drawer is left open again and the excess ice builds up on the coils again. This is a design flaw in the unit itself. However, I read about a clever solution to prevent a new ice plug forming as a result of the open door. Just loop a length of 10-12 gauge bare copper wire around the defrost heater element and insert the other end of the wire in the drain hole. Heat conducted through the wire during defrost will clear any ice plug that may form.
Posted on Sep 09, 2007
Beat the botto of your freazzer gently with a hammer and scoot it out under the drawer. Then clean it up off the floor with a broom/dustpan and then towels.That is what I do. Works like a charm... until it collects again. it is a quick solution and gets the job done.
I hate this fridge...
Posted on Jul 23, 2012
Repairman that just left my home removed a rubber cap that newer refrigerators have on the drain line. Supposedly there to keep air from entering through the drain line. Problem is, they very easily get clogged and don't let the water out which produces the glacier in the bottom of the freezer! Took him all of 3 minutes to pull the frige out, remove the small panel on the back at the bottom of the fridge, remove the cap and put the panel back on. Away he went with a nice service call fee! After you remove the cap, you will have to unplug the fridge and thaw the glacier and mop up the mess to clear the ice in the drain line. Good luck!!
Posted on Aug 17, 2012
There is a leak around your doors letting in warm air. Check the rubber around your doors to see if it is cracked somewhere. If so replace the seal around your door. If that isn't it check your temperture settings maybe they are to high. Or maybe your refrigerator isn't staying on and kicking off at the right intervals.
Posted on Aug 07, 2007
This has been happening to me on and off. I was told by phone rep. to slowly pour very warm water into the drain hole inside the freezer. You have to do it 5 or 6 times but it does clear the freeze.
My only problem is, is that it keeps freezing up a few weeks later. I lowered my setting a whole degree but that didn't make a difference. I now check my freezer bottom daily so I can get to it before it gets too bad.
Posted on Sep 15, 2008
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