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I have side by side frigidaire gallary that leaks on the freezer side cleaned out freezer and found that the drain hole is froozen ,thawed it but keeps happening

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Hello,To correct the problem, you must locate the drain and inspect it for blockage. Often, you'll find it frozen, but it's usually always solid debris blocking the flow of the water that's CAUSING it to freeze: and that must be removed from the drain or it WILL happen again.

Where is the Drain?
After unplugging the fridge from the AC power, go ahead and pull the unit out where you can access the back. This is also a GREAT opportunity to clean dust off of the condenser coils and compressor, which will GREATLY lower your energy costs! (Use a Vacuum with brush attachment)
Depending on the model of refrigerator in question, the drain port can be located in several places. The most likely location is just under the freezer, which is actually the top of the fresh food compartment: The tube usually comes out there, and down the outside of the refrigerator; (On Back) However, it can also be under the coils behind the false back and/or side walls. At any rate, when looking for it, keep in mind that its' sole function is to drain water away from the evaporator coils when the unit is defrosting itself; Therefore, it's almost ALWAYS just under the freezer at the end of a "channel" that directs all of the water into it
Cleaning the Drain... Depends on what's causing the clog.
If it's iced up, the quickest way to thaw it is with a hairdryer. It takes just a minute with the hairdryer set on max.
Before you get happy and close everything up though, ALWAYS check the tube for debris.
About 95% of the time, I've found something in a frozen drain line. Remember: It wouldn't have been frozen in the first place if the water had been able to drain off!
After checking the pan under the freezer for debris in the pan and exit hole, you'll need to check the tube itself. The best test is just to blow through it like you would a straw. If it's clogged, you'll feel some resistance.
wish you good luck,

take care.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010

  • alrodriguez1 Jul 18, 2010

    hi, I did defrost the drain by putting table salt on the drain and that worked but one week later it happened again , pleez help

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