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HOW to get to top of drain tube of Whirlpool gladiator GAFZ21XXMK00

Drain tube of freezer is plugged with ice causing ice buildup in freezer.

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Firstly it's probably blocked by a piece of corn or a pea or something similar, you have to totally defrost the unit by unplugging it, removing all the frozen food, then remove shelves, leave the freezer door open & leave overnight to dry out. Now tilt the unit back & wedge something under the front to hold it there, slowly poor very hot water towards the rear of the freezer compartment in the centre, it should not take long to clear the drain hole, you should be able to see it now, if you have any thin curtain wire or something similar, then gently poke it down the drain hole till cleared continue to use hot water till flowing, careful there will be a fair bit of water coming out the back, keep a few old towels handy, Good Luck.

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SOURCE: ice buildup in the freezer. dripping from above refrigerator area

I have had water/ice down the back of a Gladiator as well. I just emptied it, disassembled the back wall of the upper portion of the unit. Just a few screws, and one has to disconnect a wire harness, and then after removing styrofoam and yet another panel, I was able to locate the drain hole. It was frozen solid. As I have hot water in the garage, I sprayed some in the drain hole area and then in the lower portion to get rid of some of the ice. After alternating several times (and removing the lower panel on the back of the unit), I was able to see a free flow of hot water from the drain tube at the lower back of the fridge. I have towel dried everything and have a fan on it now so that it is very dry before starting back up. I am guessing that the drain tube starts to freeze in the winter months (I am in Wisconsin), and then just has no way to thaw as it is sandwiched in the back wall of the unit. This winter I may try some extra insulation. Good Luck!

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SOURCE: ice buildup in freezerator freezer section

If it is not a frost less freezer you'll have to remove perishables to another fridge/freezer; unplug and de-thaw the unit.

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SOURCE: the bottom freezer portion of my gladiator freezerator forms ice

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The drain for the water to get away when defrosting is frozen shut...
Checkout this tip to help you..

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