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Getting at a clogged drain in evaporator compartment

Drain pan is clogged but unit is built in, how do u access the evaporator section

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There is a panel over the evap. in back of the freezer section. Remove it and you will see the drain at the bottom of the freezer below the evap.. You will see a little tray with a hole in the center of it. You will need to clean out this tray and run a wire down through it to clean out the tube that runs to your drain pan. Don't use a coat hanger or anything too stiff as it may puncture or pop the hose off. It has to be something flexible but strong. That should do it!

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The evaporator is in the freezer section. Find the fan, remove the panels panels around it. Good luck.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

This is caused by a clogged evaporator drain that is item 5 of this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=47966
It can be clogged either in the funnel area or at the end of the tube underneath the refrigerator.
Item 5 catches water from item 14 this link:
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=47966&diagram_id=28494316#d28494316


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  • Unplug the unit remove the freezer contents and do a manual defrost by directing an external fan at the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. (Makes a water mess so be prepaired) This is a must do!
  • Remove the rear fiber-board compressor and condensor coil cover and locate the compartment drain tube in the drip pan. Make sure the end of the tube is NOT blocked. Clean as necessary.
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  • Clean the condensor coils and fan while the unit is unplugged but do NOT use anything sharp.
If you can not get air-flow up through the compartment drain funnel underneath the evaporator coils you will have to remove the access panel and remove the debris from the drain funnel.

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One of 2 things have happened. Either the inlet water valve to the icemaker has failed as noted by ice blocks in the ice bin or

Your evaporator drain is clogged.

  • Unplug the unit remove the freezer contents and do a manual defrost by directing an external fan at the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. (Makes a water mess so be prepaired)
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