Question about Refrigerators
Our 6 year old Kenmore Top Mount Refrigerator is leaking water from the Cold Control Defrost Timer/Automatic Defrost Control Housing. I have had repairmen out twice before on this issue. Both times there was a solid layer of ice in the defrost drain pan. Both times they poured hot water down the drain line (?) to clear it out - apparently something had gotten in and clogged it?? The last repairman left a piece of aluminum wire in the drain hole - to prevent future clogs. This time around I shut the refrigerator off and defrosted it. I poured water down the drain line and it seems to be clear now. Anyway, why does the drain hole keep freezing up?? The last occurence was just about a year ago.
It freezes up for a few reasons. First the water is not running down fast enough. That is why the wire was added to add heat from the heater to the drain hole. The metal pan under the evaporator coil may not be lined up with the drain hole well enough and holding water there. If that looks ok the drain tube that runs down the inside back of the unit might be slightly restricted. Not much you can do about that. I would make sure that the aluminum wire goes in the hole about 2 inches and that the unit is tilted slightly back to help water flow.
Posted on Apr 18, 2008
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