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Model #MSB2154GRW water leaking from out of the front of the unit apparently when defrost cycle runs. Suspect blocked or defective evaporator unit. How do I access this to examine the problem?

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Remove the 2 screws holding the lower freezer panel , then remove the panel . Use a hair dryer to melt the ice from the drain and drain hole . Then , useing a small hose , blow into the drain hole to remove any obstruction (make sure all the ice in drain hole has melted) . Use an ALUMINUM wire (14-16 guage) and insert into the drain hole as far as possible with no pressure and wrap the top end about 1 turn around the calrod heater . When the heater comes on to defrost , heat will transfer thru the aluminum wire , to keep the drain from freezing up again .

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    I did this on a Samsung about 3 months ago - but I used a stripped copper wire. I haven't had a problem since.

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    Mike Smith Dec 03, 2012

    Copper will work , but a little more expensive than aluminun . Copper will retain the transfered heat longer than aluminum also .

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If the fridge is a cyclick defrost,Looking in the fridge area the evaporator is the part that freez,s & when it defrosts water will drip from it usually into a valley with a hole in it ,And if you giggle a cable tie in the hole it should clear the block & let the water run down to the boil away near the motor.Hope this helps Cheers.

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There is a condensate pan underneath the fridge to catch coil defrost runoff and condensation. it usually gets evaporated from the heat of the high-pressure line off of the compressor. the pan might be full or the tube came out of the pan.

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