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Water/ice in the bottom of freezer

We continue to find ice build up in the bottom of the freezer. What is wrong and where is the water coming from?

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Matt, you have a frozen condensate drain tube. Now, the easiest way to solve this is to thaw the drain line. Remove everything from the freezer, drawers too. Now you can either leave the unit unplugged over night or hurry up the drain thaw by using a hair dryer ( heat gun is too hot ) and aiming it at the center of the back panel in the freezer, center, bottom just at the bottom of the metal back panel. This is going to take some time, 2+ hours until it is totally thawed. To check, using a baster, squeeze some hot water into the drain trough under and behind the pack panel, it should drain out, if not, add more heat and time. Once this drain tube is completely thawed and flowing, order and install the following drain tube kit.
Drain Pipe W10619951
This will solve this common problem on Whirlpool/Maytag bottom freezer refrigerators.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014

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SOURCE: Bottom of freezer has water dripping into it

We had a similar problem. It ended up being a frozen pea that fell down into the defrost drain and was blocking the water from draining out each time the freezer defrosted.

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SOURCE: Ice build up on bottom of freezer

remove back panel inside freezer. you will see drain tray at bottom with a drain hole in the middle - this is blocked usually with ice. melt off with a hairdryer and follow up with hot water till water flows away freely

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remove back panel inside freezer and there is a tray at the bottom with a drain hole in the middle. this is blocked with ice. melt off with a hairdryer and follow up with hot water till it flows waay freely

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SOURCE: ICE BUILD UP ON THE BOTTOM OF MY FREEZER BELOW THE LAST TRAY

clear ice and with hot water pour into the drain hole till open and drains ,, take back panel of freezer out and wrap a piece of thick cooper wire around the heater and drop into the drain hold about 1in and it will keep drain open / thanks

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Water puddling in bottom of freezer which freezes

Tool needed: Screw drive with the insert tips can be used to remove screws use the end of the screw driver with out a philips bit or flat tip inserted. Remove frozen food to camping coolers igloo ice chests or coleman ice chests or a freezer in your home . Remove all racks and baskets to expose movable panels at the inside back of the freezer compartment.
Notice the 1/4" hex nuts remove the screws holding the panels at the back wall. Clear built up ice carefully. You now can take out the panels and expose the fan and cooling cool that creates the cold temperature on the freezer side.

Near the bottom is an aluminum U shaped pan with a shallow funnel indentation at the bottom. Clear ice from the funnel pan and inside bottom carefully. Sharp objects break ice nicely and can pierce the interior surfaces . Look under the cooling coil and at the back wall is a screw holding this soft metal catch pan in place. Remove the screw and carefully tip and slid out the catch pan tray. You now have access to the drain hole that is frozen closed or clogged. Place a large towel in the bottom of the freezer area to catch water. Pour hot tap water a half cup at a time into the drain area. Do not use boiling water the plastic inside a refrigerator or freezer can not tolerate high temperature. I have melted a freezer compartment in a GE with a hair dryer. Remove the water with a clean reag and add more warm or hot water repeat until the drain allows water to flow. stop adding water or the evaporation pan under the refrigerator will over flow.
Check the refrigerator about once a year for the freezeup problem or keep an eye on the bottom of the freezer looking for the build up of water frozen on the inside floor. The other solution get a new refrigerator.

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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