Question about Refrigerators
My SZ 550 (fridge over freezer) dripped constantly. Turned out to be a frozen drain tube, located 6 inches above the refigerator floor, centered on the back wall (cold side of refrigerator). Remove both trays and the lower glass shelf to see it. This tube runs down, behind the freezer, dumping refrigerator condensate in the pan below the freezer. If it's frozen the condensate leaks out the front of the fridge, down and onto the floor.
The fix, suggested elsewhere (not my idea) is quite simple and elegant. Thaw the tube (this will take an incredibly long time.) Fish a string (I used a piece of yarn) from the refrigerator (cold) side of the tube, down and out the other end, under the freezer. I was able to use a vacuum to suck the yarn through. Be creative. Once the fish line is in, tie a piece of nylon fishing line to the yarn and pull it through the tube. You have replaced the yarn with a stronger fishing line, which you can use to pull a piece of copper wire (I used common 14 gage romex, stripped of insulation through the drain tube. Leave the copper wire in the tube. If you wind the bottom end of the copper wire around some of the warm evaporator coils under the freezer the heat will be sufficient to keep the tube from freezing. I did this about a year ago and have had no problems since. Good luck.
Posted on Mar 08, 2008
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