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Freezer insulation ice plug is re-forming 10cm down the drain pipe and up to the tray in freezer's back. A tech said that there is water, inside, down at the (injected) Polystyrene insulation, and that it is impossible to dry, and I would have to buy new Fridge !. I had to melt the ice every ~10 days since. Is there a way to remove & dry it = drill from back ( to where the drain pipe meets the freezer built-in pipe ) or from main (lower) compartment up ?

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Could you fit a trace heater inside the drain tube to keep the ice from forming? Or extend the dripdown time after defrost cycle so the water doesn't accumulate? If the tech thinks the insulation has blown, it may be time to bite the bullet and replace the fridge.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014

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    Ilan B Apr 30, 2014

    Thanks for the help.

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    Ilan B Apr 30, 2014

    The Tech insists its the wet insulation, that he verified the heater sys works. I did try a copper wire but its a glass tube heater and it didn't work. Seems once there's ice plug in the drain pipe there's no other solution but to build a heater. I am thinking on using a Fridge V to 12V Relay to activate a DIY heater with external power block and run the wires up the drain pipe. Though it needs to produce low heat I don't want the risk of influencing the fridge's power scheme. I got e-cig coil wire and var V adapter to find the sweet spot. but i never actualy made such... thx again

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This is a common fault in Hotpoint Fridge Freezers and can also happen if the door has been left open or has been a power cut.

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5. Use a hairdryer to slowly melt the ice. Melt it around areas where it appears to be hanging on, such as the corners of the cooling element or bolts, as well as any thin sections below the main block of ice around the cooling element, which will be supporting the main block. Use a plastic ice scraper to remove ice but not near pipes or sensor.
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This is a common fault in Hotpoint Fridge Freezers and can also happen if the door has been left open or has been a power cut.

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