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Ice buildup at the bottom of freezer, how can I fix this?

Ice buildup bottom of freezer

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Hello;

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

Although, I am retired I do work on the side with a small customer base.

Last week I made a service call with the same problem, which is common.

You have a frozen freezer drain. Every 8-10 hours your freezer will shut down except for the light. You defrost heater will turn on for 20-30 minutes. Then your unit will turn back on.

If you have a frozen drain the condensate (Water) during the defrost mode has no where to go except to the bottom of your freezer.

I have found pieces of food product such as corn, berries plugging up the drain along with ice.

A service technician would pull the back wall off the freezer to access the freezer drain. Clear the drain with hot water and put in a heat sink, a 12 to 14 gauge bare wire connected to the defrost heater into the drain.

Ok, you do not want to spend $180.00 + for a service technician.
Then,
1.) Unplug your unit.
2.) Remove the front bottom toe plate.
3.) Raise the jacking bolts by turning them counter clock wise.
4.) Pull the unit out so you can get behind the unit.
5.) Remove the lower bottom cover.
6.) Remove the drain tube.
7.) With a turkey baster and old towels under the drain shoot hot water into the drain connection.
8.) With a coat hanger try to clear the drain.
9.) Keep shooting hot water up into the drain and inside drain pan.
10.) Take your time. Spend at last an hour doing this process.
11.) If the bottom of your freezer is full of water, then you did a good job and cleared your drain.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

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Depending on the age of the fridge, it could be equipped with a defrost timer that cycles the defroster element on and off at preset intervals to melt the condensation away inside the cabinet. This timer may be located under the box and most times in the back or side near the compressor. Another possibility would be a broken defrost element, in which case entails disassembly of the inner panels of the box and extracting the element for replacement. This element can be purchased at an appliance parts supply and is most times not very costly.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

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Freezer has a drain in the back under the cooling coil. Melt Ice from drain area with a hair dryer, check drain and clear, under bottom in back behind a removable panel you will find the drain exit from the freezer going into the drain pan. This drain line has a loop for air seal, make sure it is cleared.

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try checking the tube that water drains out , it could be plugged with crumbs or old partials of food and causing the problem, This has happened with my fridge at one time , affecting the defrost cycle of the freezer and dripping water out of the door, The tube was located under the crisper in the back of the inside of my fridge, Hope this solves your problem

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The defrost drain line in the freezer has frozen closed. Turn off the fridge. Remove the freezer bins. Use a hair dryer to thaw the drain hole on the bottom rear shelf of the freezer.

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