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My Amana Top Freezer keeps leaking condensate water into the refrigerator section. The drain, which is located in the right rear of the refrig. section is not blocked. It keeps freezing at this point, causing it not to drain. What could be the problem. The Ref. is 19n years old, but still peroforms very well. The just started. Please do not tell me that there is something blocking the hole, like dirt or insulation, etc. I cleaned everything out and even poured a quart of water several times and it drained perfectly. But after 2 weeks, it freezes over and blocks up again. If I put a hair dryer on the fitting, it melts the water and it drains again. Why is this freezing all the time?

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  • dj90736 Aug 22, 2010

    The orafice is not blocked up due to dirt or scum.. If you read my description throughly, I clearly states that the drain is not blobked from dirt. It blocks because it freezes over. Please read my description over again. There must be another problem causing this to freeze the drain.



    Dan

  • dj90736 Aug 22, 2010

    My Amana Top Freezer keeps leaking condensate water into the refrigerator section. The drain, which is located in the right rear of the refrig. section is not blocked. It keeps freezing at this point, causing it not to drain. What could be the problem. The Ref. is 19n years old, but still peroforms very well. The just started. Please do not tell me that there is something blocking the hole, like dirt or insulation, etc. I cleaned everything out and even poured a quart of water several times and it drained perfectly. But after 2 weeks, it freezes over and blocks up again. If I put a hair dryer on the fitting, it melts the water and it drains again. Why is this freezing all the time? The blocked drain is caused by the water freezing in the drain hole. There is not dirt or scum in the drain.

    Please Help

    Dan

  • dj90736 Aug 22, 2010

    Hello;
    Where should I put the vasaline? It freezes right where it drops into the large tube that passes through the refrigerator section. There is a large white tube that the drain drips into. That large white tube carries the water to the back of the unit into an aluminum tube, which in turn goes down the back of the refrig., makes a 90 degree bend and empties into a plastic pan. Where do you want the peice of rubber? I installed a piece of foam rubber into the end of the tubing at the drip pan. I thought this would prevent air from being sucked up the tube. But that did not work either. Please help.

    Thanks

    Dan

  • dj90736 Aug 22, 2010

    My Amana Top Freezer keeps leaking condensate water into the refrigerator section. The drain, which is located in the right rear of the refrig. section is not blocked. It keeps freezing at this point, causing it not to drain. What could be the problem. The Ref. is 19n years old, but still peroforms very well. The just started. Please do not tell me that there is something blocking the hole, like dirt or insulation, etc. I cleaned everything out and even poured a quart of water several times and it drained perfectly. But after 2 weeks, it freezes over and blocks up again. If I put a hair dryer on the fitting, it melts the water and it drains again. Why is this freezing all the time?

  • dj90736 Aug 22, 2010

    I have do all of your suggestions. Please note that the water is freezing. If I put a hair dryer on the drain where is passes through the refrig. section, the water drains, but blocks up 1 week later. I cleaned out the drain, I poured about 1 gallon of hot water through, and the drain is working. If you read my original complaint, I address all of your suggestions. Now What. No one seems to have the answer. I even called Amana, they did not even know what to do.

  • dj90736 Aug 23, 2010

    My Amana Top Freezer keeps leaking condensate water into the refrigerator section. The drain, which is located in the right rear of the refrig. section is not blocked. It keeps freezing at this point, causing it not to drain. What could be the problem. The Refrigerator is 19 years old, but still performs very well. This just started. Please do not tell me that there is something blocking the hole, like dirt or insulation, etc. I cleaned everything out and even poured a quart of water several times and it drained perfectly. But after 2 weeks, it freezes over and blocks up again. If I put a hair dryer on the fitting, it melts the water and it drains again. Why is this freezing all the time? It is not dirt of scum in the drain hole. I even blew the drain out with compressed air, poured hot water through, even a quart a bleach. All the liquids flowed through quickly. But after 2 weeks, the drain hole freezed over. If I remove the inside fitting from the refrigerator, and stick a small screwdriver in the drain, you can hear ice. I am stumped

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The water may appear to drain properly but if the water moves so slowly it can freezes there is so type of blockage it seems. i've had a few fridges act in a similiar fashion. if you have a shop vacuum use it on the one end of the hose using your hand to create a covering so it can only **** thru the tube. do NOT use a regular vacuum as they are not made to be used in a water environment.

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You are absolutely right.This problem is caused by two reasons. 1) Either the drain line is blocked or '2) The problem with the defrost system. Both are possible. Bust as per you you have cleared that drain line is not clogged its clean and clear,and the problem is that it freezes up and then gets clogs. This is the clear indication of faulty defrost system.The defrost system is getting ice collected slowly slowly after few days and then this ice gets collected in the drain line and this makes it clogged.The defrost heater,the defrost timer and defrost thermostat needs to be checked and replaced.This parts have gone weak and this is causing the problem.In newer units there is defrost board instead of defrost timer.Burt as you mentioned that unit is 19 years old so its having defrost timer. Get the defrost assembly parts replaced.And this will not let the drain line to get freeze and block the drain hole.The drain line is at present getting freezed after few weeks because the ice is not getting defrosted,its getting collected on the evaporator coils and then getting in to the drain line.As per the procedure the water should be passed for drain line and in your case the ice is getting through the drain line and this freezes the drain hole and make it block. You can get required parts from www.repairclinic.com
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There is crumbs and debris that cause the water to back up enough freeze,so be sure to defrost the drain,and push air pressure threw the drain if possible,and use hot water to pour threw the drain,then the problem will be fixed,it is not no big thing just trash ,and it will do fine once the drain is completely clear.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Aug 22, 2010

    The reason for the freezing drain is that the debris that is down in the drain(where you can not see)is slowing the water down to a crawl ,and allowing the water in the drain to freeze,I know this cause I have done a many of them,I you wish ,not to believe me this is your choice,sorry,You need another tech.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Aug 22, 2010

    The drain is not draining well all the time,make sure the tubing is not crimped or straight down flush against the drain pan,there is a reason,for the drain not allowing the water to flow,to keep it from freezing up.Use air pressure and hot water to clear the drain,not just pouring water,it can be mold building up,use a little bleach in the solution you pour threw the drain,if the drain pours fully,then it will not give the water a chance to freeze up.

  • dj90736 Aug 23, 2010

    I have tried all of your remedies, Bleack, compressed air, hot water, etc. The water flows freely. There are no restrictions, but yet it still freezes up.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Aug 24, 2010

    I have seen this happen before and it not be the drain problem,the freezer setting is on the coldest setting,and it needs to be lower toward the warmer setting,and the thermostat in the fridge compartment needs to be set at a colder temp.The setting in the freezer actually deflects the cold air to the fridge compartment,and if the setting is on coldest setting,the cold air will stay in the freezer compartment and cause the problem you are having,setting it at a warmer setting will not effect the freezing of the compartment,but will push the colder air to the fridge instead of it staying in the freezer and freezing up the drain.

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Try wrapping some more insulation around it ,and rubbing the inside of the pipe with some vasaline ,then if its horizontal put a piece of rubber over the end to keep the air out ,i think that as its 19 yrs old the end may have dropped off and the air is getting in causing it to freeze up

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The orfice is plugged up

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    the orfice sprays thr freon inside the cooling lines to a vapor

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