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Ice in bottom of upright freezer -- problem with tube position?

Ice is forming in the drain on my upright auto-defrost freezer so the water is not draining and is backing up forming ice on the bottom. I can see water sitting in the tube that runs down into the drain pan. The tube comes out the back of the freezer, rests on top of a black metal sphere (motor housing?) and then goes up a little and finally down into the drain pan. The tube is dingy and brown where it sits on the black housing (which is warm). I'm guessing the water is never fully draining from the tube and is backing up into the freezer causing the top of the tube to freeze. Is there something wrong with the tubing running down to the drain pan? I would think it should run straight down, and not sit on the warm black metal sphere and go up and then down again. It's held into position on the back of the freezer with screws. Seems like a design flaw..should I try to redirect the tube so it goes straight down? Also, I wrapped a copper wire around the metal housing of the heating element and put the other end down into the drain hole to try to prevent the top from freezing. Does that seem like a good idea? Thanks!

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  • pm2conley Nov 19, 2009

    Does it have to be electrical wire? I wrapped copper wire (not sure of the guage -- I borrowed it from a neighbor but it's substantial) around the heating element. It's not directly touching the glass covering the coil, but it's wrapped around the metal housing that contains the heating element. Does that seem sufficient, or should I change out the copper wire for electrical wire and hang it directly on the glass? I didn't hang it on there initially b/c I was afraid it would be knocked off. Thanks!

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Hello, get a short piece of electrical wire and strip the insulation off. put a bend in one end and then hang it over the heater directly above the drain making sure the wire runs into the drain about an inch. the heat from the heater will make sure the drain stays clear. Hope this helps. Mike

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    Mike Price Nov 19, 2009

    Nope any piece of copper wire will do. Mike

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