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An intermittent stream of water from the back top center shroud in the lower freezer section of our Gladiator Ref/Freezer is causing a lot of ice in the freezer. What's wrong?

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This is caused by a design flaw in Gladiator Freezerators. The problem is caused whenever the auto-defrost cycle is active. This causes the frost on the coils to melt and flow to the drain tube. If the tube is blocked by ice having formed inside, the water has nowhere to go except down into the freezer compartment where it aagain freezes and forms an iceberg. The solution is to defrost the drain tube but this is only a tempo fix, because eventually it will freeze again. A more permanent solution is to remove the rear cover in the top compartment and expose the cooling coil and the defrost heater. Carefully wrap a 2-3 ft. long piece of bare copper wire, about 14-12 ga. several turns around the defrost heater and extend it down the drain tube located at the bottom right hand side of the drain tray. The little bit of heat transmitted down this wire is enough to keep the tube from refreezing. This fix is now available as a kit that Sears uses to take care of this problem but their kit does not work as well as the above. Good Luck!

Posted on Feb 12, 2011

  • akatz3 Jun 19, 2011

    Hope this works I've been dealing with with issue for over 6 years pretty much since we got it. They repair guys always say its clog tube and they've cleaned it an so have I many times and I'm tiered of constantly thawing out my frost free Freezerators. I took this one step further to ensure I don't have to pull this apart again, I took 2 pieces of 14ga and twisted them together as its easier to bend than 12 ga, then wrapped the to end separately in a T pattern to put more heat down there. I hope with works thanks for the info Andy:)
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