Question about Microwave Ovens
The 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 back of the freezer.
Posted on Aug 25, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
For Complete Defrosting
Turn the temperature control to the
OFF position and unplug the freezer.
Remove all food and place it in
corrugated boxes, insulated bags,
picnic coolers, etc. Use towels and
newspapers for insulation as needed.
With the door/lid open, use pans of
hot water to speed loosening of frost.
Remove large pieces before they melt.
Chest models have a defrost water drain
at the front.
NOTE: Water may drip from the back flange of
the lid cover during defrosting. This is normal.
Ice builds up in the lid insulation when the lid is
open for adding or removing food, and melts
during the defrosting operation.
Sponge excess water from the bottom
of the freezer as it collects to prevent
After defrosting, clean the inside of the
freezer (see Care and Cleaning).
Replace the drain plug inside the
cabinet and the cap on the defrost
drain. Fold over and dry the gasket
on the hinge side of the lid.
Plug in the freezer. Return the
temperature control to its previous
position and return food to the freezer.
Hopefully with this information you can find the drain. If not go to www.ge.com and click on service and support to download your manual. (Model number required)
or contact them here:
800 GE CARES
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