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Fridge defrosting to often resulting in water build up in back of fridge

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Hello;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

Units are designed to go into a defrost mode every 8-10 hours, where everything will shut down with the exception of your lights. Your defrost heater will turn for 20-30 minutes, and then your unit turns back on.

Normally, water build up is due to a frozen condensate drain, where the drain is frozen and the condensate (Water) has no where to go except for the bottom of your freezer.

If your drain is clear, then you have a major problem, Unplug your unit. Remove the back cover of your freezer. In the upper right hand corner of your freezer coil, you probably have a block of ice. This means that you have a seal system restriction. The is a small tube about 1/16" in diameter with a small needle size hole through it. Here is where restrictions generally occur.
A repair of this nature is about $450.00 or more.

Sorry for the bad news.

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I do not believe defrost cycle is too frequent if anything not frequent enough after all you are trying to eliminate the frost , which can build at a given rate depending on a variety of things ie humidity sad so on. well when you defrost it produces water which is taken care of by evaporation sometimes the evaporator is a pan placed under the refrigerator if the pan is removed the water ends up on the floor, anyway I would check out the evaporation system.

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the tray at the bottom which collects defrost water usually has its own heater or a section of the main heater runs close to it. check this part of the heater has continuity. an old trick as well which sometimes works is to wrap some copper wire round the heater and lead this to the drain hole. conductiuon of heat thro the copper helps keep the drain clear. this is a common problem across all makes

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It is supposed to drain to a plastic tray under the fridge. There is usually not a lot of water that drips down there... and the water usually will evaporate before overflowing.
If the water is draining on the inside of the fridge, then the drain tube on the rear of the fridge might be clogged. You should be able to remove the tube fairly easily, and then see if you can blow air into it to see if its clogged. Sometimes it just gets clogged with dirt and dust. If the tube is clogged, and you cannot blow air through it, then see if you can get a small somewhat flexible wire and push it through the tube.
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the drain tube is clogged or maybe frozen, remove the restriction and you will have no more problem

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Yes, you are correct, that is a drain. Use a turkey baster with hot (not boiling) water to flush out the drain tube until water will flow out into the drain pan under the refrig. (where the air blown over it will cause it to evaporate)

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