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Frig has ice build up inside, all over coils and where it drains from freezer-help!! I just defrosted it this morning. Could it be that drain is froze, if so what can I do. And what will happen if the ice stays built up on the coils and where it drains? How bad is all of this for my refrigerater? thank you

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  • amylynn0373 Jul 29, 2009

    thank you-there could be a problem with the drain part being clogged with ice, etc. what do you think?
    should i try to clean it out-i already used hair dryer to melt, it helped some. God Bless

  • amylynn0373 Jul 30, 2009

    Thank you again-I did use the hair dryer again inside of frig and freezer-it really seemed to help this time. So, for the time being everything seems pretty normal(very little frost on coils, which could be the humidity) with the frig. I even turned the temp control down and is back to same coldness as before. This is good, but I am still keeping an eye on things for changes, if so I'll let you know more detailed information(model number, etc.) Take care and God Bless.



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Most likely your defrost cycle is not working. That you've to check out the timer the defrost element and the defrost thermostat. Hope this'll help, have a nice day, God Bless

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  • Dickson LAU Jul 30, 2009

    Can you let me know the name and the model no. of your refrigerator, so we can talk a little bit more in detail. At this moment I can only given you a general idea . Yes as you say the drain may be frozen up and how do you defrost the frozen water in the freezer drain pan and the drain elbow .You have to be sure the drain is clear all the way to the bottom plastic tray. Last time I spend a little bit more time on defrost the frozen elbow by using hot water to melt the ice and using a wet and dry vaccumn to **** out the water , I repeat this until I can let the hot water runing down the drain tubing to the bottom drain pan.then I know I've clean out the whole drain system. I hope this can help . Have a nice day, and God Bless.



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