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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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  • LarryFoster Jan 17, 2008


    This is a Maytag PSD2450GR side by side.


  • LarryFoster Jan 17, 2008

    Thanks for getting back to me

    The build up in the coils is ice. But the coils are very frosted, too. Not sure if they should have frost or not.

    I think the problem with the ice build up on the bottom of the compartment have to do with the drain not working that is located directly under the coil.

  • LarryFoster Jan 17, 2008


    There are large chunks of ice forning in the coils.

    In addition to the large chunks of ice, the is frost on the coils.

  • donna1234 Feb 20, 2008

    have same problem with dacor, i think its a problem with the drain freezing up because of improper insulation on drain pipe or warm air intrusion from refridge side. how do you get to freezer coil compartment i want check pan

  • GEBO Apr 14, 2008


  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    suddenly started getting a large build up of ice crystals in freezer compartment. Defrosted with hair dryer but started to come back again.



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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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  • Douglas Woods Jan 17, 2008

    If its just frost on the coils then you have a defrost problem, but if you have ice with a little bit of frost on coils, most likely caused be leaky valve.

    Frozen drain just needs to be thawed out. Boiling hot water does the best.



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