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Kenmore 52552100 Side by Side ice in bottom of freezer

I have a Kenmore 52552100 Side by Side fridge / freezer and there is ice forming in the bottom of the freezer. Eventually water leaks out onto the floor I think maybe when it defrosts. If you remove the ice from the freezer it comes back in a few days.

Anyone have any advice?

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I had the same problem. And after some research I went at it yesterday. I unplugged the refrigerator and removed the bottom two racks in the freezer. The tray at the bottom of the defrost assembly was caked with ice. I didn't know where the drain plug was. I started melting the ice using a hair dryer. I also carefully broke up the ice using a knife. After the ice was removed I could locate the drain hole. I used a copper wire shaped like an "L" and tried chipping away at it with no luck. I then poured a 1/3 of a cup of very hot water in the tray and let it sit. After a few minutes I used the hair drier again and soaked up the water with a paper towel. I added another 1/3 cup of hot water. I noticed the ice in the drain hole was beginning to melt and used the wire again. Finally, I got my compressed air gun and blew out the hole. I wanted to just blow the water out of there but it must have shot the ice out into the evaporator tray. I poured more hot water in the tray and it disappeared immediately into the evaporator tray (checked the tray and could see water). I then blew out the hole with compressed air and dried the area with the hair drier. Plugged in the refrigerator, replaced the baskets and was done. Whole thing took 30-45 minutes. No idea why it clogged up in the first place but if it happens again I should be able to cut 10 minutes off the time.

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