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Hotpoint side-by-side freezer drain freezes

The freezer's freeze hole freezes causing water to run out the front - we have defrosted several times but it always refreezes

There also does not seem to be any drain pan at the bottom

ANy ideas as to what is causing the freeze ups?

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Yes totally defrost unit and verify drain is not plugged, make sure drain is trapped. it may drain into a pan on top of compressor, where heat dissipated by compressor evaporates condensate. certain crosly model freezers made by w.c. wood co. have a problem with that.

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