Excessive water in frig. Have defrosted and used compressed air to blow the drain tube out 3 times...problem continues to return after a short time.
Also recently noticed the walls around the freezer where the door gasket seals are always warm. Defrost issue?
Not sure if these are two symptoms of the same problem or two unrelated problems. Thanks!
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Re: Two Problems: Excessive water in frig. Have
Most likely separate issues. First the drain after cleaning it out use a turkey baster and squirt in a mix of 50-50 baking soda /water solution., this should prevent any mold growth that may be clogging it. The warmth around the seal is either the condenser is dirty or the condenser fan is not working. If the fan is not working this would cause excessive water also. Here is a link that should help http://appliancehelponline.com/refercondenserfan.html
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The drain is plugged. My preferred method to clear it would be to use compressed air. Even the type of canned air you'd blow off your computer keyboard with might work (just tape around the nozzle until it fits tight to the drain under the crisper bins). If you don't have that, try fishing a wire from the top, but be careful not to cut open the drain hose.
Without disassembly the most straightforward thing to do is unload the Ref/Freezer ( a couple of large coolers should hold most of the contents) and fully defrost it. Wipe up any water with towels.
whe its fully defrosted, then try and push/blow air through the drain tube to clear any remaining blockage, a can of 'compressed air' may do the trick if the line is not fully blocked.
sounds like you have a clogged defrost drain. when the unit self defrosts, the meltwater from the evaporator is supposed to go down a drain under evaporator, to a condensate pan underneath. when this drain gets clogged at any point, the water then drips into the freezer floor, freezes, eventually over fills the floor, and leaks onto kitchen floor. Do not try to snake out the drain, as it is plastic and usually not permanently attached, snaking can damage or dislodge the tubing, making problems worse. If you have a compressor, you can direct some compressed air into the drain to clear out any obstructions. Again, use caution against too much pressure, to avoid dislodging tube. Any reliable refrigerator repair service shouldnt charge much more than $100 to resolve this issue.
Remove the food from the freezer , then remove the icemaker , if it has one ( 2 screws ) . Remove the rear freezer panel . Useing a hair dryer , start in the middle of the drain trough , and defrost until you see the drain hole . Keep defrosting the hole ( hot water helps ) until water will go thru . Use a piece of tubing inserted into the hole , and blow thru , to remove any debris accumulated in drain line .Remove any excess ice from trough . Reassemble freezer .
drain is cloged. at some point the ref section was set too cold. the defrost water from freezer drains through the ref back wall. becaust it was set too cold the drain froze. two ways to fix .... empty unit and unplug for 24 hrs. OR remove back panel, defrost drainrail, remove bottom panel ,remove ice, insert 1/4 inch tube down drain, and squirt very hot water down drain till it is clear of ice..... when defrosted set ref on "3"
The drip pan is located under the front of the frig. FIX open both doors, remove the panel that is across the bottom of the fridge( there are release tabs over the left and right front corner areas close to the hing sides
after removing the panel you should see a tray that slides on rails under the fridge
remove the panel and inspect to see (use a flash light)if you can see the drain tube
I believe your drain tube is freezing up somewhere inside the frig
If you can determine where this drain tube fishes up through the back inside wall of the frig
remove all of the trays and observe the back panels there should be some type of collector tray
near the frig light Some models have a hot bulb to do the defrost
I suggest that you tun frig off with both doors open take a hair dryer and blow hot air where you think the drain is located to melt any ice and look down in the drain pan to see if it starts draining
Hope this helps
Good luck ( ps cal ge customer service and give model number I bet they have a design poblem
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
drain line is clogged. when the frig defrosts the water drains through a tube down to the bottom of the frig near the compressor where it evaporates away. look on the back of the unit to see if the tube runs down the back. follow it to the end. you need to blow backwards through that tube. let me know if this helps.
give the unit a full defrost then unblock the drain hole. it sounds like the tiny defrost heater element may not be working and is therefore causing excess frost to build up on the freezer evaporator.
also check door seals are not holled anywhere.