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Defrost drain pan overflows--is defrost heater running too often?

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Check to see that the condensor fan is working properly. You should have a proper amount of air flow above the water to evaporate it before the next defrost cycle. Hope this helps, Rich

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SOURCE: Whirlpool side by side defrost drain pan overflowing

Maybe your machine has a leaky door, letting moist air inside. Make sure your compressor area is lint free. The heat from the compressor is supposed to evaporate that water. Make sure the pan is exactly in the right place, level, not cracked.

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GE Side-by-side refrigerator defrost drain trough keeps freezing up. Drain tube is clear and never gets frozen but ice builds ups and overflows into the bottom of the freezer. What is causing this?


Sounds as if the defrosting timer or the heating element has gone out. Since the fridge works without problem off and on I would lean toward the heating element.

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Drain Pan overflowing and water is leaking in refrigerator I can see drip pan overflowing but I do not know how to get to it


remove the back panel inside the freezer,then defrost the pan,then take a length of stiff wire and clear out the drain line from there down to the pan in the lower area near the compressor,as theres probably lime,mold growth build up in the drain line plugging the hose restricting draining of defrost water

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When automatic defrost operates, the water created collects inside the bottom of the refrigerator rather than draining into the exterior pan. Two different service men cleaned the exterior drain and coils.


Inside the freezer where the drain hole is is getting blocked with ice. If you have had it cleared twice already and the problem persist. The make something called a drain heater. This piece of metal wraps around the defrost heater and the sets down in the drain line heating everytime the heater does and causing any water that make have collected there to thaw and run out instead of freezing up and overflowing into your freezer.

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The freezer side of my built-in side by side Jenn-Air refrigerator (JS48FSFXDA) is having the following problem: during the defrost cycle, water is dripping from the ceiling of the freezer onto door...


the defrost thermistor is your problem: it is going low (turning off) the defrost circuit far too quickly; it is a solid state version of a gas filled cold control sensor.
It "tells" the adaptive defrost controller circuit board the condition: (frost level) of the evaporator and, intitiates the defrost mullion heater timer. if it turns off to soon defrost
mullion heaters turn off and, icing occurs. I do not know; right off hand: which boards you are alluding to; however I believe you are referring to the power supply board for the

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On an intermittent basis I will come home to find a puddle under the refrigerator


Your 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 lower back of the freezer.
Take a bare copper wire and wrap it around a fin near the heater and put the other end a few inches down the drain. The heat convection may prevent it from freezing.

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Whirlpool side by side defrost drain pan overflowing


Maybe your machine has a leaky door, letting moist air inside. Make sure your compressor area is lint free. The heat from the compressor is supposed to evaporate that water. Make sure the pan is exactly in the right place, level, not cracked.

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check the defrost heater bet it is bad part number for replacement heater is wr51x10053
if the heater is bad defrost coil with a hair dryer till no ice is on the coil
be sure to lay a towel under the coil to catch the water if you dont the drain pan will overflow

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Water overflowing of defrost water pan


sounds like you have a clogged defrost drain tube. removing back panel of freezer will give you acess to drain trough, melt away the ice with a hair dryer, youll find a drain hole under there somwhere,pouring boiling water down the drain will clear it pretty quickly( i use a steam machine purchased from the infomercials works awesome, after you clear it and all water drain down tube wrap a piece of solid copper wirearound the heater( black calrod heater right above the drain trough) and stick it in the whole maybe an inch or so. now everythime the heater comes on to defrost it will prevent the hole from freezing over

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Check and make sure you defrost drain in the freezer isn't frozen. The water may be coming from the bottom of the freezer inside. When the heater comes on to defrost the evaporator, the water drips in to a small hole in the back bottom of the freezer inside. If the drain freezes, the water runs out into the freezer on the bottom and eventually onto the floor in front of the freezer door. It will eventually create a gap and let moisture into the freezer and may show up in the refrigerator section as condensation. Remove the ice build up including the alluminum drain pan area where the drain is located. Pour hot water into the drain to defrost it. You may have to remove the back of the freezer wall on the bottom to get better access. If the water goes down the drain, its clear. If you need a part for your refrigerator, please email me on ebay under user name themackshack. Good luck! , Mack

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Drain Pan overflowing


Refrigerators use different methods to eliminate the water, but they all use evaporation of some sort.This works,as most of the water in the drain pan comes from melted ice on the evaporator coil during the defrost cycle, and this is not very much. It sounds like you have excessive water in the pan. You stated the freezer/fredge is working properly. The condenser fan is running, I assume. Cleaning the dust off the coil will help the air flow. Most residential units do not have heating element in the drain pan. Your problem sounds like you are getting too much water in the pan. Have you noticed excessive ice in the freezer? Are the door gaskets in good shape. Does the unit have water and ice in the door? If so, where does the drain to, and has there been high usage of this?

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