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Drain plugged in freezer

Thank you for your help.
I think I have 2 distinct problems.
In the freezer compartment of my side by side, there is a drain below the coils. This drain seems to be plugged causing water to run into the compartment and ice to build up on the bottom.
I'm guessing this leads to the tray on the bottom and is supposed to evaporate.
Is there a way to "unplug" this drain?

The second problem is also in the freezer compartment.
Chunks of ice build up in the coils. This reduces the performance.
What we have done is take a hair dryer and melt the ice.
But how do we stop the ice build up in the first place?

Thanks, again.
Larry Foster

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Re: Drain plugged in freezer

First of all, is it ice or frost? If it is ice, I would say you have a leaky water valve to icemaker, running down evap. coils. Replace water valve. If you have frost-find out why it is not defrosting(defrost heater, defrost thermostat, or defrost timer.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.
The compartment drain is most likely clogged somewhere other than the funnel in the freezer compartment. Often what happens is the very end of the drain tube in the very bottom of the unit at the drip pan gets coated with lint and gunk. It then dries off and makes the perfect PLUG. Here is what I recommend you do:

1. Unplug the unit and do a manual defrost by directing an external fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours with the contents removed. It takes this long because the water in the drain funnel acts as an ice insulator and you have to get it above 33F.
2. While the manual defrost is in progress remove the fiberboard rear panel and access the drip pan. Make sure the very end of the compartment drain is cleaned off. Clean out the drip pan also. These can get very nasty.
3. At the end of the 2 hour manual defrosting period... use a vacuum on exhaust and direct air into the RND of the compartment drain tube. Your trying to float out and debris from the drain funnel in the freezer compartment. Have someone listen for air-flow in the freezer from the ddrain funnel if possible.
4. Reinstall the rear cover and return the unit to normal service.

This works most of the time. However if there is a pinch or a kink in the compartment drain tube somewhere the problem can easily repeat.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly
Without a model number this will be a very generic response. Most likely your evaporator drain is clogged with ice. You must do a manual defrost by unplugging the unit and doing a manual defrost with a fan directed into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours (Water mess so be prepaired) The reason you do it for 2 hours is so that the ice in the drain funnel will melt. After the 2 hour period and tending to the water mess.... open the back of the unit by removing the fiber-board cover. Find the end of the compartment drain tube and make sure it is NOT blocked. Take a vaccum and direct pressurized air up through the drain tube to float out or clear any debris in the drain funnel. Have a 2nd person listen for air flow up through the freezer compartment drain. Once you are sure the drain is clear.... clean out the condenser coils while you have the back open and then reinstall the fiberboard cover. Just make sure the drain tube END is in the drip pan before closing the rear panel.

If you do NOT ever hear air flow up through the freezer compartment drain... you will have to remove the evaporator cover and dig out the debris.
Plug the unit back in and return it to service. If you have a repeat of the dripping water... respond with your model number and I can tell you what you need to check.

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Hello there
You said you' ve defrosted it for 24 hours, that is good and it is the first step, Now clean out the drain system on the freezer side. The ice melts and become water it should drain out onto the drain pan underneath . But because the drain is plugged and the water can't running down the drain so it running out the drip pan onto the bottom of your freezer compartment. You may need to take out the back pannel on the freezer side to get to the drip pan below the freezing coil.

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