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My fridge that should defrost itself freezes up by the drain hole why is this

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Cos its nearly blocked.....use clorine bleach to wash it through.(clorine is a gas and the smell will go in seconds.....)

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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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Water Pooling & Freezing


Assuming your fridge has a defrost cycle ( I.e. is a frost free model), you are probably suffering a blocked drain hole or pipe, leading to the top of the condenser or a tray nearby, where the frost water can evaporate.
The pipe can block with food or a mould plug, leading to water retention that freezes and further blocks the drain. the water is produced when a heater switches on in defrost mode and thaws the internal or external ice build up and, with nowhere for it to go it will pool on the bottom and may, when in defrost mode, run out onto the floor.
With frost free fridges/freezers, there is a drain outlet, usually hidden behind a removable panel inside the fridge/freezer compartment or, a drain hole near the bottom. If there is a drain pipe as well, access is usually from the rear base of the machine. The pipe is usually removable and can be cleaned out but prepare for some water to escape. An ice block in the drainage hole can be thawed using a hair dryer BUT GENTLY, so as not to warp the plastic inners of the fridge.

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Frigidaire Fridge Freezer forms huge iceblock inside fridge back wall. It freezes up whatever is stored in fridge i.e. vegtables, cheese. Water leaks onto the floor from under the vegetable containers. ...


the defrost drain pan is plugged up,you need to defrost it and run a wire down the drain tray hole so it can drain to the bottom as it defrosts otherwise it defrosts and runs everywhere else and re freezes

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Refrigerator ge profile model TFH27PR water leaking onto floor


Hi this problem could arise due to various reasons so lets find out what could it be the cause.

1)In the back of your freezer compartment is the drain hole. It's very common in GE for the drain to freeze up. With the drain hole plugged up, your freezer will continue to defrost the evaporator, but not the water in the drain hole. So the water builds and freezes, builds and freezes until it eventually overflows into the air diffuser for the fridge causing the leaky fridge problem."Heat Probe" that can be installed.This will prevent water from freezing up in the drain hole allowing it to drain as designed

2)Inspect the door seals and the sides of the refrigerator around the doors. If you see any beads of water or moisture, then the door seals may be failing to create an air tight seal which causes the cold air from the refrigerator to escape and form condensation around the doors. Sometimes you can solve this problem by applying a light film of gasket lubricant to the existing seals or just cleaning them of any debris with a warm soapy rag. If they still don't seal well after you apply lubricant, or clean them, you may need to replace the entire seal assembly.

3) If the water is coming from the freezer but you think that the defrost drain pipe is clear, then it may be coming from the ice maker. Check the ice maker for cracks in the unit's body or a misalignment of the water supply line. Make sure that the water supply spout in the freezer lines up with the ice maker's water supply cup.

4)Check the ice maker copper water supply line, your ice maker water filter, and the plastic ice maker water supply tube for any cracks, splits or connection leaks. If you find any leaks, remove the leaking part and obtain a replacement at the hardware store.

5)Your leaking refrigerator may just have a cracked or damaged drain pan. Your fridge regularly drains water into this pan to prevent water pooling in the fridge itself. Evaporation takes care of the rest. Look underneath your fridge where the drain pan sits and pull it out for inspection. If it has a crack or is otherwise damaged, contact the appropriate retailer about getting a replacement as soon as possible.

6)If your leaking refrigerator is draining inside as opposed to onto your floor, you're probably dealing with a clogged defrost drain. Your fridge is constantly producing condensation inside the freezer, and that condensation drips down the defrost drain into a drain pan underneath the unit. This defrost drain can become clogged with debris or, more often, it freezes shut. Look in your refrigerator manual to locate your defrost drain, and take the appropriate steps to unclog it (inundating your drain with warm water will often do the trick).

Note:Switch you Refrigerators for more than 8 hours and let the frost melt fully use hair dryer and now switch on and check you are getting leak.

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assuming fan now working. clean out vents/ drain holes (make sure no ice in bottom of freezer or in fridge unit)i.e. a total defrost.then check door seals all okay(no air leaks) if unit was trying to defrost itself and you reset to colder it will need to reset itself.....

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Model GR2SHK/GRASHM - Fridge has water condensation on top of back wall. It is pooling on shelves and freezing. The fridge and freezer are set at the recommended settings. Thank you for your help.


You will need to remove all food and the ice maker ( if equipped ) . Slide out the freezer bottom , and remove the 2 ( or 3 ) screws holding the back freezer panel on , and remove the panel . Using a hair dryer , start in the middle , under the coils , and defrost until you see a hole ( defrost drain hole ) . Using hot water to help , defrost this hole until water starts to flow out . Get a short piece of hose , insert one end into the hole , and blow thru it , to blow out any unseen debris in the drain line . Then , get a piece of solid ( preferably aluminum , but copper will work ) wire , such as a large diameter ground wire , and insert one end as far as it will go , without any resistance , into the hole , and then wrap about 2 turns , around the black rod ( defrost heater ) just above the hole , When the refrig goes into defrost , the heat will transfer to the wire , keeping the drain hole from freezing up again .

Oct 30, 2009 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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Water freezing in the bottom of freezer and leaking out on the floor from underneath


Defrost drain hole plugged - probably with ice. Defrost fridge, verify that you don't have something like a green bean stuck in the drain line. A piece of uninsulated solid copper wire wrapped around the defrost heater and run down that hole about 1/2" past the opening - MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T TOUCH THE TUBING OR CABINET LINER will prevent future freeze-ups.

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Condensation drain hose freezes - water drains into frig.


The problem is probably the drain itself. It is probably partially clogged. Another thing could be ice build up. I will usually get a peice of metal coat hanger a few inches long and I will hook it over the defrost heater and let in hang into the hole about an inch or so. That way when the unit defrosts that hanger will heat up and keep it from freezing.

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Model #MSB2154GRW water leaking from out of the front of the unit apparently when defrost cycle runs. Suspect blocked or defective evaporator unit. How do I access this to examine the problem?


there is a condensate pan underneath the fridge to catch coil defrost runoff and condensation. it usually gets evaporated from the heat of the high-pressure line off of the compressor. the pan might be full or the tube came out of the pan.

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Bosch fridge leaking water


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Now I think I have other things wrong with mine,after leakage problem the refrigeration compartment wont cool anymore but the freezer part remains working as usual.Ive nailed this down to one of the following not working... Thermostat / timer / defrost heater.So one or more of these needs replacing.Im just trying to look for a manual which shows the nuts and bolts or the refrigerator (not the "How to use" type manual which I have).

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