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Water from defrosting unit in freezer is draining inside the bottom of the refrigerator ,not in the water pan under the unit

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  • billarnold82 Apr 26, 2009

    I've had this problem for a couple of years. The drain pan under the freezer backs up with ice not allowing defrosted water to drain into the drain chute and down to the tray under the refrigerator. I've defrosted the entire box several times which melts the ice and allows it to function properly for a week or two before the ice builds up and clogs the drain again. I don't know what is causing this or how to repair it permanently. Any help would be appreciated.

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That means the drain hole is clogh in the bottom back inside the refrigerator.Put hot water in until it goes through, the best way to clear it is blowing presurise air through it but i8f you don't have acompresor you can do it very careful sticking a wire until it goes through to the drain pan and once in a while put bleach through the hole to keep it clean(every 3 or 4months).

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