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Ice in the drain. Where does the drain pipe empty?

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Usually into a pan under the condenser coils on the bottom of the refrigerator. Sounds like the drain is pinched or obstructed, since it should drain without a problem. The water is evaporated from the pan by the heat from the condenser coil.

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  1. Check the lines to your dispenser
If the lines to your dispenser are broken or damaged you will need to replace them.
  1. Damaged drain pan
If your drain pan has holes or cracks it will also need to be replaced.
  1. Clogged drain
If you experience any clogged drains, they must also be unclogged or replace. If you experience this at the ceiling of your unit it can be attributed to a clog in the freezer section. Remove the divider and let the insulation thaw out and dry.

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There are two likely sources for water build up in refrigerators.
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  2. The ice maker or water dispenser have developed a leak.
Check the ice maker water dispenser first. Close off the water feed to the unit at the wall water hose connection. Protect the floor before rolling the machine out into the kitchen. A loaded refrigerator will score the kitchen from the weight of the wheels rolling across the flooring material.

Observe for a day or two if the water has stopped? If it has than repair of the ice maker or dispenser hose is required,

If not than more specific information model and make is required, The link shows how one individual has taken some initiative to analyze and correct this problem. If the defrost tube is blocked than disassemble to access the drain tube is required. Many of the designs have the drain tube internal not as the video shows an external tube. If it is "just frozen over" not plugged, than allowing the unit to defrost by emptying it out and with the doors open allow for the ice to melt. It will take some time for the tube to defrost. By pulling the front vent guard you can usually observe the tray where the drain empties into. If the tube has been frozen and opens the water should be seen dripping into the tray. I would try allowing for the unit to defrost the drain tube allowing for normal operation to return. If it happens again and again then adjustment to the drain tube or cleaning is required.

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I had this problem. The cause is water generated during defrost cycle that cannot drain into pan in back of fridge due to a plugged drain pipe. Ice builds up into a dam, and the water has no where to go except to bottom of freezer housing. Eventually this builds up with ice and runs out the bottom seal. Solution requires 2 things. First is empty fridge and freezer and disassemble freezer to expose frozen over evap coil. Melt this ice with hair dryer, lots of towels and patience. Then clean up drain pipe which is accessible from rear of unit after removing metal cover. The plastic pipe has a small black cap with a hole in it that is designed to let water flow out but keep spiders and such from getting in. On my unit this cap had sticky greasy deposits in it, was a bit stiff. I cleaned it thouroughly with mineral spirits, reinstalled and all is now a okay. Hope that helps.

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I have had the exact same issue and its not a samsung issue but any modern fridge with a defrost system in the freezer (fridge doesn't generally frost up as its not run at freezing temperatures.


You need to check a few things:
1. Clear the freezer draws out and clear any ice build up.
2. Be careful and unclip the first white plastic vent panel (hint: pull from the middle an inch or two then push the sides in so the tabs are pulled towards the middle and the panel pops out)
3. Unscrew and unclip the 2nd panel (holds the circulation fan) to view the freezer coils - you will need to unclip the power for the fan and the heating coil for the drip tray under the freezing coils.
4. This is where the issue usually is:

If the tray is full of ice then do the following. If not and you can poor water through the drain hole on the bottom, then the issue is a dead sensor or control board - seek professional advice or if your game, there are swap out kits you can buy.

So the drip tray is full of ice ? Unscrew the freezer coils from the back wall but DO NOT touch it any further in case you damage it. There should be some silver tape tape that holds the tray in place - remove it and then gently lift the coils up to allow the tray out. If its too full of ice, use a hair dryer or warm water to de-ice. Once the tray is out, defrost it completely and dry it - be careful not to damage the heating wires under the tray as this is used to deice it during a normal defrost cycle. Clear any remaining ice on the coils or along the back wall - Dry it well.

Usually the cause for the drip tray to freeze up is a blockage in the drain pipe that empties into the back of the fridge. Unscrew the back panel and you will see 2 soft plastic pipes drain water into a water tray. pull both off and clean/inspect. You will notice they pinch in the middle to stop air getting back in, but allows water to drip out. If they are blocked, they will back fill the internal drains and freeze, thus fooling the fridge into thinking it hasn't defrosted yet and not turning the compressor back on. (Since this ice is hidden at the back, it is the last to melt thus the freezer gets warmer waiting for the insulated ice near the drain to melt.

When I did my freezer, the water is dripping out slowly (it was cold) but once I removed the pipe, it emptied properly. inspection of the pipe showed dirt/insect blocking the pinched section of the pipe.

Reassemble the pieces in reverse order, ensuring the water was been dried with a cloth. My fridge/freezer hasn't skipped a beat since.

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I expect that when you check - the drain tube behind the inside back wall of the freezer compartment is clogged with debris and / or ice.

First, disconnect the the fridge from power at the plug.

Inspect the evaporator pan under the fridge. It is probably dry. If not, empty it and replace it.

Gather some towels & rags, a wet vac if you have one and a blow dryer to defrost and soak up / pick up melting ice. Also get a flexible piece of wire (coat hanger will do), turkey baster and a pail or container. A small amount of bleach will be needed, too.

You'll have to empty the freezer compartment of food and remove the back panel to gain access to the pan and drain. Some freezers have a plastic shelf pan that covers and is screwed to the freezer floor - if yours does, you should remove it, too. Keep clear of the coil, heater and controls that are protected by the panel. Plan on two - three hours to do the work, and an additional 2+ hours for the freezer to get cold again if all goes well. It will take much longer if you do not accelerate the defrost process (chipping, use of a blow dryer, etc.). If you can store food in a neighbor's freezer - that will be ideal.

Next, defrost the freezer. CAREFULLY chip away ice on the floor of the freezer. Do no chip in the area that was behind the back panel. Direct the hot air from the blow dryer at the ice in this area instead. Use towels and wet vac to pick up the water. Fill the container with hot water, and fill the turkey baster with the hot water and discharge the hot water at the ice / drain opening to speed the defrost process. Try to keep splashing to a minimum. Remove the blow dryer from this area when using hot water to melt the ice. Once the ice ice clear, check the evaporator pan again. Carefully remove it. If no water is present, the tube is still blocked. Replace the pan and continue to melt ice in the drain and check again. Repeat as needed. it is possible that a spider has taken up residence in the drain pipe - or there is some mold growing inside it. Use the coat hanger to gently "snake" down the tube to clear any obstruction. Once water begins appearing in the evaporator pan, empty it again and replace.

Mix up 4 ounces or so of water and 1 once of bleach and draw into the turkey baster. Place the opening as close to the drain opening as possible and gently squeeze the mixture into the drain. The mixture will kill any mold, spider, etc. that has been growing in the tube.

Almost done, CAREFULLY remove the evaporator pan again after allowing enough time for the tube to drain and empty in sink. This is a bleach mixture so be extra careful not to spill anywhere that bleach will cause damage.

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