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About every 2 months the defrost drain gets plugged

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The refrigerator was new in 1999.
About every 2 months the defrost drain gets plugged with ice. The collector pan inside the freezer fills and freezes into a sheet of ice. Then the entire frig begins leaking water onto the floor.
Is there a way to keep this drain from freezing shut?
Is there some kind of defrost feature that is not working?


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Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.
Take a bare copper wire and wrap it around a fin near the heater and put the other end a few inches down the drain. The heat convection may prevent it from freezing.

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Freezer seems to work ok. The refrigerator gets warm and we loose all the food. Is this a thermostate issue?

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