Continual water over-flow from condensation pan on INSIDE of freezer
I have an ice collection problem in the bottom compartment of my freezer side. It appears that the water pan one shelf above is over-flowing constantly. How is the water supposed to drain out of this pan ?? My model number, I believe, is JRSD2490T.
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Hi David In the freezer compartment - under the panel where the water / ice is collecting - towards the back - is a small pan. The pan collects the water when the defroster cycles on to melt ice & frost that collects on the cold coil behind the back wall panel. The pan has an opening with a small tube connected that allows the water to drain out to the larger pan on the floor under the fridge. If the tube is clogged, the water will not drain and will eventually freeze. Every time the defrost comes on, some of this water will collect under the panel and drip into the fridge compartment if the drain remains frozen. You will need to clear any obstruction in the drain tube with a short, flexible snake. Access it from the freezer compartment. Remove any built up ice
and make sure the pan has not been bent or damaged in such a way that it
will no longer allow the water to get to the drain tube. If the tube is clogged due to ice, you will have to thaw it out first. Squirt hot water down the
tube to do this quickly - I used a turkey baster and towels in the freezer with excellent results. After the
ice has been cleared - use the snake to make sure the tube is open. Replace /
repair parts as needed. After clearing, pour some water down the tube to check for flow. If flowing, empty the drain pan on the floor under the fridge. Next, mix up about 6 to 8 ounces of a 10% bleach + 90% water solution to pour into the drain you cleared. This will kill any biological (mold, etc.) blockage in the tube. Empty the drain pan on the floor under the fridge again - but be extra careful as it has bleach in it. My fridge did this to me several times before I figured out that ice was blocking my drain. I got a piece of #10 copper wire - long enough to hang from something above (coil, heater, etc.) in the coil compartment down about 4 - 6 inches into the drain tube. Doing this allows the warm air from the heated space during defrost cycles to be conducted down the copper wire into the drain tube - making it it impossible to freeze up. It works perfectly! I recommend a #12 or 10 copper wire, but aluminum works well too. I'd stay away from steel or anything that can corrode - because it will. Good luck!
You have a common problem of a clogged drain, in the back bottom of the freezer, behind the shelf and drawers, you will find a drain pan that has frozen completely over with a ice sheet. This has caused defrost water to run forward and collect under your racks in the freezer. I would advice you to turn off unit, and remove all the ice collected in the freezer, clear the pan with warm water, then restart your unit back up.
Once the pan and drain tube is clear, your unit should be fine.
I hope this helps
Most times when that happens it is because the condensate drain is blocked from draining into a pan below the refrigerator where warm air blows across the water and the water is returned to air inside your home. The things need to do is unplug the refrigerator and remove contents of the freezer and then the back panel inside freezer. At the very bottom of the evaporator is a pan that collects the condensate during defrost. It has a drain hole in center. Sometimes the refrigerator is leaning a little and after defrost the ice remains on one side of pan and slowly creeps up to cover the hole completely, while other times the drain line slowly gets gunk build up in it causing water to freeze because of the blockage. I will return with a link to Sea Breeze Tips page where there is a collection of other peoples views to approach this. Sea Breeze
The condensate drain has a blockage further down and possibly in one of the turns as it leads down to the pan below your refrigerator. Most times the blockage begins slowly until the opening of the drain hole under the evaporator freezes itself shut. Below is a link to some solutions I have collected over a period of time. Also has a short movie that makes the repair look simpler. There are many reasons for this happening for example water leaking from a water supply line for the dispenser or ice maker, a crack in the defrost pan, water leaking inside and draining through the refrigerator cabinet, but most are caused by a defrost drain line blockage. Below is a link that may be helpful so try to take it all in and use the parts that most refer to your specific problem, Thanks Sea Breeze click on link below
Your leaking problem gives two possibilities. The water control valve for the ice maker side is defective and while shut off the water will continue to slowly flow and leak into the freezer compartment. The other possibility id the condensate defrost drain is blocked and frozen over behind the rear panel of the freezer and at the bottom of th coils. I believe your defrost condensate drain has a blockage of ice and will need to be defrosted and clean the condensate line from the freezer to the condensate collection plate below your refrigerator. Most times the blockage begins slowly until the opening of the drain hole under the evaporator freezes itself shut. Below is a link to some solutions I have collected over a period of time. Also has a short movie that makes the repair look simpler. There are many reasons for this happening for example water leaking from a water supply line for the dispenser or ice maker, a crack in the defrost pan, water leaking inside and draining through the refrigerator cabinet, but most are caused by a defrost drain line blockage. Below is a link that may be helpful so try to take it all in and use the parts that most refer to your specific problem, Thanks Sea Breeze click on link below
Sounds like the defrost condensate drain behind the rear panel inside the freezer is frozen over. You will need to unplug the refrigerator and remove the panel. Defrost with a hair dryer and pour warm water into the tray that collects the defrost condensate and takes it down to a pan below your refrigerator to be heated and put back into the air inside your home. If for some reason it is not ice blocking the opening you will need to use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner to try to dislodge whatever is blocking the flow. Let me know what you find, Thanks, Sea Breeze
Self-defrosting refrigerators dispose of the water generated during the defrost cycle, usually 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.
The condensate drain begins inside the freezer compartment behind the back panel and at the bottom of the evaporator coils. Every time the refrigerator defrost (about 3 times a day) the water needs to flow out the bottom of that pan in the freezer and into a plastic drain pipe to the bottom of the refrigerator into a pan on top of the compressor or side of compressor. Sometimes the drain is blocked inside freezer and there is a buildup of ice. But sometimes it is blocked near the opening that leads out of the fresh food compartment and then down to compressor tray/pan. If the blockage is near that exit then you will see a trail of water running down the back of the fresh food compartment and settle in bottom. The only solution is to slowly and carefully remove the drain pipe from the back and inside of refrigerator and clean it out. Let me know how you are doing on this and I will be here to help,Thanks Sea Breeze
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.
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.
taken from: http://www.repairclinic.com/0088_4_1.asp#Level2_6
It is acutually a collector pan for the drain hose. When the refrigerator runs a defrost cycle (about every couple days), that pan collects the water from the ice that is melted and drains it through a hose inside the unit, to a pan under the unit. You will have to pull the back panel off the back of the freezer and melt it with either hot water or a hot blowdryer. Do it until you see the water draining freely into the bottom pan.