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Defrost Drain clogged

Freezer defrost Drain tube appears to not drain, then freezes, leaking water into bottom of freezer, then runs out door on to floor.
What is best way to open drain tube?

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Where is the drain tube located?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Wher is the drain tube located?

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Take a spray bottle with VERY hot water and spray it down the drain line

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Why is water leaking out evey day???


Is the water leaking from the refrigerator compartment or the freezer compartment? Can we assume the "leaking" water is more than some accumulated humidity/moisture (check your door gaskets)? Have you checked all water lines/fittings for the water dispenser/ ice cube maker (if you have one)?

If it is is the freezer section, the problem may be a clogged drain line (is there ice blocking the trough drain hole?) at the bottom of the freezer (evaporator) coils? You may need to defrost the freezer, check for any faulty parts (e.g., defrost time/ADC, defrost thermo, defrost heater), and clean the drain trough/tube. See Refrigerator Defrost Parts for illustrations.

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Frigidaire FFHS2311LWD has water pooling up and freezing bottom drawer and lower vent. Drain tube doesn't seem to be clogged. Water leaks onto floor some days.


the drain tube is most likely clogged. if the lower vent is freezing up there is no way to confirm because it is covered with ice. the reason water leaks onto the floor is, the refrigerator goes into defrost, frost melts and runs down the ice to the door. use a hair dryer to remove all ice, then use hot water to check drain. drain tube may be up to a foot long and may have a trap. you may have to go in through the back to gain access to the drain

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MY FREEZE WILL NOT GET COLD OR FREEZE ANYTHING


Hello,
Check the temperature setting
Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the freezer or freezer
Check for air flow restrictions in vents
Test the temperature control
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Test the door switch
Test defrost heater
Test defrost timer
Test evaporator fan
Check for a clogged drain tube
Check for refrigerant leak
Freezer is too cold

Check the temperature setting
Test the temperature control
Freezer is noisy

Hissing and popping is normal, it is the defrost heater.
Check that the freezer is level
Check the drain pan
Check the condensor fan
Check the evaporator fan
Inspect the compressor mounts
Freezer runs continuously

Defrost the freezer
Clean the condensor coils
Check the door seals
Freezer starts and stops frequently

Clean the condensor coils
Check the outlet voltage
Test the condensor fan
Test the compressor relay
Test the overload protector
Test the compressor motor
Freezer does not defrost automatically

Test the defrost timer
Test the defrost heater
Test the defrost thermostat
Freezer has an unpleasant odor

Remove spoiled food
Clean freezer interior with a solution of h
Clean freezer interior with a solution of hot water and baking soda
Clean the door seals
Remove breaker strips and check for wet insulation
Water on floor outside of freezer

Check the drain pan
If you have an ice-maker, check the water supply hose going into and coming out of the water inlet valve
Water inside the freezer

Check for a clogged drain tube
If you have an ice-maker, check freezer and ice-maker for level.
With all this it helps to solve the problem....

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Water pools and freezes at bottom of the freezer. When tray is full water leaks out of freezer onto kitchen floor.


I am uncertain as to what you mean by "when tray is full"? However, you probably have a clogged drain in the freezer compartment. During the defrost cycle, which usually occurs every eight hours, defrost components (defrost thermostat & heater(s) ) melt the ice that has accumulated on the evaporator coil in the freezer compartment. The water from the melted ice drains through a hole in the freezer compartment (behind the freezer's rear panel) and accumulates in a drain pan below the refrigerator. This water should evaporate over time, whereby you should not have to regularly empty the drain pan. If the drain hole is clogged (usually from algae or other debris, etc.), the water finds another path to flow (which is inside the bottom of your freezer compartment). This water will usually freeze. Water will then flow toward the front of your freezer compartment and out of the door on to the floor when you open the door.

Contact an appliance service company to unclog your freezer drain. Also have them check your defrost components (thermostat & heater(s)).

Feb 15, 2010 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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Water setteling on bottom of freezer side and freezing also leaking. 2 fridges both doing the same thing . leaking on the inside and freezing and underneath water is leaking.


Clean out the defrost drain. There is a drain in the freezer that lets all the defrost water run under the fridge. If that gets clogged then all the water runs into the freezer and can even leak onto the floor

Sep 13, 2009 | Refrigerators

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I have a whirlpool refrigerator and it seem to be leaking from


The bottom front of the refrigerator or freezer door Self-defrosting refrigerators usually dispose of the water generated during the defrost cycle via a tube or channel that directs the water to a pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. From the pan, the water normally evaporates. (See a more detailed explanation of this in the How Things Work section of our website).

If the tube or channel is clogged or obstructed, the water backs up and leaks into the inside of the refrigerator compartment. Then the water builds up at the bottom, inside of the refrigerator. When the water has built up for a time it may spill out of the front of the door opening. To fix this problem, clear the drain tube or channel and allow the defrost water to flow down to the drain pan.

In some refrigerators, the defrost water is intentionally directed down the back wall of the refrigerator, where it then flows to the bottom of the refrigerator compartment and out to a small drain--usually located beneath one of the drawers at the bottom of the refrigerator. If the drain becomes clogged or blocked, the water may back up. To fix this problem, clear the obstruction.

Another cause may be the following. The refrigerator may have doorframe heaters to evaporate any condensation on the cabinet frame. If your refrigerator is equipped with a switch inside that says “energy saver” or something similar, while running in that mode the door heaters are disabled. Turn the switch to the opposite setting and wait 24 hours. If the condensation disappears the problem is solved.

The back of the refrigerator Water coming from the back of the refrigerator usually comes from either the ice maker water valve or line (if there is an ice maker), or from the defrost drain pan.

Here's what to do:

  • If the water is coming from the ice maker water valve, check to make sure the water tubes are attached properly and are fastened tightly.


  • If the water seems to be coming from any part of the valve itself, replace the valve.


  • If the water appears to be coming from the defrost drain pan, inspect for holes or cracks, and replace the pan if necessary.


The inside ceiling of the refrigerator Water accumulating on the ceiling of the refrigerator is usually caused by a clogged drain in the freezer section beneath the evaporator. The clogged drain will cause water from the self defrost cycle to leak into the divider between the freezer and refrigerator. This water may then freeze and cause condensation build-up on the refrigerator ceiling. The solution to this problem begins with unclogging the drain. It may also be necessary to remove the entire freezer/refrigerator divider to thoroughly dry the insulation in the divider. Occasionally the insulation needs to be replaced to prevent a recurrence of the problem. This can be a big job – you may want to hire a qualified appliance repair technician.

The inside back wall of the refrigerator In some refrigerators, the water from the defrost cycle is intentionally directed down the back wall of the refrigerator, where it then flows to the bottom of the refrigerator compartment and out to a small drain - usually located beneath one of the drawers at the bottom of the refrigerator. If the drain becomes clogged or blocked, the water may back up. To fix this problem, clear the obstruction.

Underneath the front of the refrigerator If the refrigerator is equipped with a water dispenser on the freezer door, check if the water line to the dispenser is leaking. Also, check the drip pan to be sure it isn’t out of place, broken or cracked.

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Viking freezer leaking


you have a clogged drain, it is either clogged with ice or some kind of debris, thaw the freezer out and push a length of weed trimmer line down the drain. The drain is accessible by removing the back wall of the inside of the freezer. If there is no clog then the drain may be freezing up, if that is the case, take a piece of 14 gauge romex wire and loop it several times around the heating element at the bottom of the evaporator and push a few inches of it into the drain, this will get hot and transfer heat when it goes into a defrost cycle which is where the water is coming from in the first place

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On TCD18PAD BWW refrig with freezer (drawer, not door) on bottom, water accummulates in bottom of freezer and freezes into ice which some how thaws with water flowing out bottom of drawer door onto kitchen...


You have a clogged defrost drain tube. On the back of the refrigerator in the center, about two feet above the floor, is a 7 inch by 7 inch square steel cover held on by four screws, one at each corner. The defrost drain tube emerges from the bottom of this cover and terminates loose in the drain pan below the refrigerator. Remove the cover. Underneath is the plastic defrost drain tube fixture, which is held by two screws. Remove the screws and take off the drain tube fixture. This fixtue is clogged. Run hot water and dish detergent through it and blow through it at the big end to remove the clog. Reassemble. That's it. You don't have to take the refrigerator apart. One caution. When the refrigerator has a clogged drain tube, the defrost water will back up and freeze around it. So you may need to empty your freezer and unplug the refrigerator for eight hours or so first before you perform this procedure to allow all the ice around the clogged drain fixture to melt.

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