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You have an obstruction between the lower tray that collects and sends it down to the pan under the refrigerator where the condenser fan and heat from compressor is used to return the moisture back into the air. Sometimes Ice will block the drain or there may be a leak in the collection tray itself. I will send you more help guides if you like. But for the moment is it possible for you to unplug the refrigerator and remove the rear panel in back of freezer to examine just what you see. We may need to do something different depending on what you see. Thanks, Sea Breeze
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SOURCE: Kenmore / GE side by side defrost drain keeps freezing up

Remove back of unit and check defrost heater has not become detached, otherwse the is only two possibilities, one a defrost fault and although you say the defrost tube is clear the only reason it does not flow is due to a restriction, what can happen is that the water backs up the drain pipe and then freezes before the water in the external tray can evaporate. Regards Advisor

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SOURCE: GE TFX20JR side by side/water leaks out freezer during defrost

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)

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Whirlpool GD25DF auto defrost drain problem

There is a drain hole in the back of the freezer on the bottom. Get back there with some hot water. Most of the time it is just lime build up. Unless you know what feel back there. Another way is to move the freezer out and from the back side you can see the drain line. It just pulls right off

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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SOURCE: how do you unstop the drain line

Remove the freezer back wall and lower panel. Remove the visible ice. Use a hair dryer to defrost the drain hole in the rear trough.

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SOURCE: Water from automatic defrost leaks into refrigerator.

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Water is leaking into the fridge from the freezer.It is a top freezer with ice maker


It's likely due to a problem in the defrost drain or a leak in the ice maker. You may be able to solve such problems quite quickly, possibly in just a few steps. Have the owner's manual available to help you find

Some models have a selector switch to allow for a manual defrost cycle. If your freezer has this setting (check your owner's manual), ensure that the switch wasn't set to defrost accidentally. If the freezer was in a defrost cycle, check it in about an hour to ensure it is working.

When the defrost system kicks in, frost buildup on the evaporator coils melts and water is collected in a trough beneath it-more than usual. It is funneled through a defrost drain tube or channel down the back of your refrigerator and collected in a drain pan, where it is then left to evaporate.

Often, the defrost cycle turns off before the water can finish draining, and the refrigerator continues to cool. Ice buildup then forms along the system, and eventually water collects and puddles in the bottom of the refrigerator as melted ice continues to drip from the evaporator coils.

If there is ice buildup, allow the unit to thaw:
1. Remove food from the entire unit, storing it in coolers packed with ice, and remove the freezer shelves. Unplug the unit.
2. Using a screwdriver, remove the panel inside the freezer at the back to access the evaporator coils and trough.
3. Leave open the doors and allow the ice in the trough and along the defrost drain system to thaw by itself. This should take several hours. Note: Keep plenty of towels around and be prepared for the drain pan to fill quickly.
4. When thawing is complete, replace the panel and restore power to the unit. When it is cooling again, replace the food.
For more troubleshooting steps and simple solutions, read Freezer leaking water. I hope this helps!

Sep 28, 2012 | Westinghouse 5303281154 Fridgedaire/wci...

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JENN AIRE LEAKING WATER ON FLOOR. NOT SUPPLY LINE PROBLEM. HELP


Open freezer, remove lower crisper & look for solid ice on freezer floor & area at rear of freezer. If present, defrost drain is restricted. Depending on make & model remove ice, remove rear wall and clear defrost drain trough and drain path. Verify by removing kick panel, pour a cup of near boiling water through drain and watch as it drains into pan. Once clear, pour one ounce of bleach into drain tube. Also check as water is draining into pan that the pan is not leaking due to pan cracks. This solution is based on the fact that you are stating no hoses are bad.

Mar 27, 2012 | Freezers

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When the freezer defrosts,water drips into the refrigerator. I assume a tube is disconnected. How do I get to the area between the freezer section and refrigerator section to look at it.


sounds like the defrost drain line is blocked,what is the model number?is it a top mount freezer on top?if so remove the back inside wall of the freezer,unplug the fridge or if you have the tech sheet usually found on the bottom kick plate it will tell you how to put the machine into defrost,this will help melt out the ice,when you remove the back wall melt out the ice with a hair dryer,next you have to clean out whatever is blocked in the drain,below the evap coil you'll see a hole,that's the drain,i use a steamer to blow through the drain,this works the best,you can try a turkey baster or anything that will blow through the line,when you think the line is clear,pour hot water down the drain,if it drains through you're done,if not keep at it until water will drain through.

Mar 20, 2011 | GE Refrigerators

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My 20+ year old top freezer fridge sometimes leaks water from the freezer into the fridge through the air vents. Is this from the defrosting of the freezer and how do it get it to stop?


You will need to take the freezer compartment apart. Remove the ice build up. Clear the defrost drain located under the coils near the center of the drain pan. Usally some very hot water will work in clearing the drain. Once it is clear and the ice is all removed from the bottom of the freezer you will need to check and or replace the defrost bi-metal and the defrost timer. The bi-metal is located on the coils in the freezer. It looks like a little can with two wires going to it. The defrost timer depending on the brand can be located in the refrigerator near the controls,or under the refrigerator behind the kick plate. Or in the back of the refrigerator near the compressor

Oct 14, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Bottom of the freezer freezes but the rest of the freezer & fridge dont really get cold maybe a little colder than room temp


The drain hole located under the freezer coil is blocked, most probably with ice. Tip off, no water in tray under refrig which should be there every time defrost cycle kicks in. Often caused by defective defrost thermostat located clipped onto the cold coil, has only 2 wires. When cold it should be 0 ohms, when hot after defrosting (maybe you will need to use a hairdryer) it should read infinity ohms.

You MUST get all the ice out of the drain hole. Use a turkey baster and hot water to clear.

Can also be caused by a defective defrost timer.

Aug 24, 2009 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Ice buildup on floor of side by side freezer floor..


Inside the freezer in the lower part of the back wall there's a drain hole wich probably is clough and the water from defrost doesn't go through and freezes up .Put hot water to defrost it and keep pooring it until goes through.If is still clogh try with a wire but do it ery carefull to not put a hole in the drain plstic tube.

Apr 22, 2009 | Kenmore 50522 / 50524 Side by Side...

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Ice buildup on freezer floor.auto defrost puts water on floor


You have a clogged drain. If you have a top mounted freezer you might have the drain line on the outside of the fridge. Look for a tube that is thicker than the water intake line and goes from back of bottom of freezer down into the back of the unit to a drain pan. Remove that tube and take it outside and use your hose to shoot a stream of water to clean it out.
If you have a side by side fridge, your drain is still at the lowest point at the rear of your freezer. You may have to removed the rear wall of the freezer to get at it. Remove the back cover to get at the other end of the drain tube. It needs to be cleaned out also.

Apr 22, 2009 | Refrigerators

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We have a free standing bosch fridge/freezer, the freezer is at the bottom. Ice is forming in the bottom of the freezer, underneath the last drawer.


sounds like the drain hole in the back of the freezer has blocked and when the defrost kicks in the water is not running out of the drain hole but into the bottom of the freezer. best do a full defrost and if it occurs again the drain hole will need to be cleared out.

Mar 19, 2009 | Bosch Refrigerators

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Water dripping from freezer when defrost kicks on.


You probably have a plugged drain in the freezer compartment. Open that up and check it. Hope this helps!

Feb 16, 2009 | Kenmore 18.3 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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Sounds like a defrost problem or a plugged drain... to get it to work temporary defrost the freezer. Unplug the refrigerator, open the door and get a blow dryer and warm up the freezer. wait until the water stop dripping out or about 12 to 24 hours and then you can plug it back in . it will work for 2 to 3 weeks. To unplug the drain.defrost the freezer .remove the back cover. Use a pipe cleaner to clear the drain. pour a few cups of hot water down the drain. The defrost systems is:
HEATER-DEFROST
THERMOSTAT-DEFROST
TIMER-DEFROST
Start with the timer. It is just under the front kick plate. there is a knob you can turn it slowly.until it clicks off the compressor. then open the freezer and listen . You should hear the heater come on .. it will sizzle when it comes on ...
You will have to remove the back panel of the freezer to check the heater for and thermostat for continuity. Heater are the lease likely part to go bad... I always change thermostat and timers together.
let me know if this helps or we can chat if you need more help.

Aug 10, 2008 | Refrigerators

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