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Re: poked hole in icebox
Your small refrigerator can be repaired but depends who you ask to repair it. Because the evaporator is very thin aluminum wall thickness the sharp objects are very easy to penetrate. Kim, I'm not sure if you want me to tell you the good news or the bad news.Ok, it can be fixed for about the same price as a new one depending on who repairs it. That person must know refrigeration well and patch the opening with a 12 hour epoxy, cut discharge line next to compressor and install a filter dryer then apply an absolute vacuum for a few hours. Then the amount of freon that would fill a Bic Lighter be put back inside the sealed lines. Hope this answers your question and you are not the first or last person that will do this, Thanks, Sea Breeze
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generally water leaks on top mount freezer types when the defrost tube is plugged. The automatic defrost system works to keep humidity from blocking air flow across the evaporator(behind the back freezer panel) If it can not drain you will see it as water dripping from the top of the fridge section and water under the crispers.......Clean the drain tube under the evaporator of ice(poke a hole in evaporator and you are buying a fridge)........hope this helps
You have a defrost problem if the ice is on the back lower wall of the freezer section.... This is where the evaporator is located just under a fan.(aluminum coils looks like a radiator) There are three parts to the automatic defrost system- the heating element(found at the bottom of the evaporator) a bi-metal thermostat(found at the top of the evaporator) and a defrost control board(usually in the top of the refrigerator section,but this varies)
If you take off the back freezer panel and melt the ice build- up with a hair dryer or letting it open overnight, without poking any holes in evaporator and losing freon(out a fridge) your fridge will run fine for about 3 weeks. This is humidity from air collecting, automatic defrost system usually works about every 8 hours when working normally. Your sealed system and compressor are fine, you have a defrost problem. Good luck.
To poshodian: There are a few more posts about this problem. Of course, in order to fix it, you have to remove the panel hiding the condenser coils behind the grill and showing the drain hole.
This is what I just posted on one of them:
I’ve had my Maytag 2454 fridge for 8 years. But only this week did the same problem show up as cathy824 and lew223. When I poked a drink stirrer into the top of the drain hole, it was hard as a rock. Not knowing why condensate from the coils was not draining into the hole and tubing that would empty the water into the pan evaporator on the bottom of the fridge, I took everything apart in the back and messed around with the black rubber elbow at the other end of the drain plug. I shouldn’t have bothered, because what I finally did was to pour boiling, boiling hot water over the drain hole to melt the ice and gunk that was frozen solid in the drain tubing. While I was doing that, I poked the stirrer into the hole, washing the gunk down the drain and into the very dry evaporator pan. Keep pouring hot water into the drain hole until you’re satisfied that water can flow freely into the pan.
That solved the problem of condensate water freezing on the bottom of the freezer and running onto the kitchen floor. Thanks to lew223 for the fix! The fridge should be good for another 8 years now.
YOU FIRST SOLUTION TO THE DRAIN HOLE FREEZING UP YOU NEED TO GET A TECHNICIAN TO HAVE A LOOK AND REPAIR IT,IT WILL BE BEST IF HE INSTALLS A PAD HEATER TO KEEP THE DRIP TRAY FROM ICING UP.YOUR SECOND PROBLEM YOU NEED TO SEE IF THE DRAIN HOLE IN THE FRIDGE SECTION IS NOT BLOCKED WITH ANYTHING IF SO HAVE IT CLEANED AND POUR SOME HOT WATER DOWN TO WASH OUT WAT IS IN THE DRAIN PIPE.GOOD LUCK.MOHAMED
2 places filter can be top left upper corner of fridge or behind the fridge with a little longer filter type
the smell could be the filter but i would pull all drawers and shelves and i would check for mold also the possibility of water leak behind panel of water spout that has molded over this smell you could never forget cause smells like old gym socks