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Hotpoint FFS70S fridge drain pipe blocks with FROST in a few days after clearing. I suspect that the drian pipe is too close to the freezer compartment. Is this a common problem. More to the point, is there a solution. Unit is between 5 and 6 years old.

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  • gcm4 May 25, 2009

    Thanks for your suggestion. Unfortunately the drain line has been unblocked several times but in a few days water trickling down freezes up again. It is definitely frost and not dirt that causes blockage. We can observe a thin cylinder of ice in the back tray soon after we manage to unblock drain line. We called a local engineer and he came with the standard curtain rod 'solution' but had to admit that he had never seen this problem before. He could not offer any solution. I am going to try pushing a close fitting plastic tube down drain in the hope that it will be a better insulation.

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I have the same problem. Engineer said most likely problem with insulation and since pipe is moulded onto the back, it cannot be fixed easily. Defrosting is a temporary solution only. Luckily I kept extended warranty going, they are going to replace it with a new one.

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That can also happens because dirt blockage causes drain water resting into drain pipe, and freezing.


Defrost the unit completely to get rid of ice building inside drain lines.

Then the drain line must be unlocked using a thin flexible shaft.

Posted on May 21, 2009

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