Question about Hotpoint HSS25IFMCC / HSS25IFMWW Side by Side Refrigerator
My 11 year old Kenmore refrigerator has been leaking water from the freezer due to drain plug freezing. I found the solution on this site some time ago (thank heaven!!) and have done the turkey baster thing at least 8 times. And now it seems that it is happening monthly. What causes it to freeze? Is it fixable? Is it worth fixing an 11yo refrigerator? I really love everything else about this refrig. Thanks so much for your help
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
After facing the same issue (defrosting, cleaning the drain,
drain gets blocked again...start again: defrost, etc..) I decided to try to
give it one last go:
2. Clean & rinse the drain (ensure is fully clean and I can pass liquid through the drain).
3. Get a ~30 cm pure copper wire
In my case I took a 3amp power cable, and took the copper wire from one of the cables.
4. Wrap one end of the copper wire around the copper coil at the back of the fridge (where the coil is warmest)
5. Insert the other end of the copper wire in the drain (just above the drip tray). I inserted ~15cm of wire into the drain.
The purpose of these last steps was to ensure there was no "freezing" happening on the drain. The copper effectively will keep the temperature inside the drain above freezing.
Not sure how permanent this might be.. so far at least I'm getting more months than with the previous symptoms treatments ;)
Best of luck!
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.
Posted on Mar 11, 2010
Testimonial: "Thanks, I have checked that, but the vent at the bottom of the fridge section is a rigid plastic grill, which doesn't, nor looks like it should move. "
Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.
The drain sometimes all on its own will freeze. Who knows why. The best was to ensure the drain is clear is to manually defrost the refrigerator. You do this by first unplugging the unit. Then empty the contents of the freezer. Use a fan and place it blowing into the freezer for a little over 2 hours. This will make a water mess so have the rags and mop ready.
After the 2 hour manual defrosting session take a toothpick and make sure the drain is clear. Use your baster and hot water to check it for sure. If it is still clogged remove the back panel of the refrigerator and check the end of the drain for debris. Often what happens is there is some unpleasant goo that builds up on the very end of the drain tube and then it dries n place once the catch basin is dry.
Other times the drain freezing over is a sign of an automatic defrosting problem. When it does not defrost the ice builds up on the evaporator coils and eventually it freezes over the drain. Usually when there is and automatic defrost problem the fresh food section warms up, the ice maker stops making ice and things like ice cream get soft.
Give the manual defrost and drain check a try first. If there really is an automatic defrosting problem in 3 to 4 days the symptoms will repeat.
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Posted on May 27, 2010
The evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.
Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the back of the freezer.
Posted on Jul 12, 2010
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