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Water from core is getting into my freezer

I have a Amana bottom freezer ARB220ZCW and I'm getting what I believe is condensation running into my freezer. I can see the trail of ice coming from the core/radiator at the back of the freezer. A frozen puddle forms at the bottom and then it makes it's way out the door and on to my floor. I need to get this fixed soon. Does anyone know what could be the cause of this? I see some talk of clogged hoses/drains so I'm going to look for that. I'm guessing it isn't that though.....


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  • aichare Jun 19, 2008

    Thanks PaulMo but as I thought it was not the drain tube. I was back there a while ago and cleaned things up. It wasn't bad then and still looks good. It is dry back there though and that is what I need to work on.

    I'm going to go in from the inside of the freezer next. That is where I see ice sometimes form on the coil. I think I'll have more luck there.


  • aichare Jun 19, 2008

    I'll post my findings after I go back in.

  • aichare Jun 30, 2008

    Okay, Here's where I'm at: I found an ice dam at the point where the condensation makes it's way to that tube that is accessable behind the back black panal. I cleared it and thought I had ended my troubles but now the upper fridge isn't getting cold. What happened? The freezer is cold. I just had a thought that maybe a wire got in the way of the fan I saw in there. I will check that out and get back.....

  • aichare Jun 30, 2008


    I forgot to plug the 6 prong plug harness back to the mating plug at the top. I pulled it in an attempt to gain slack when I couldn't work around the cover which was giving me trouble working around not knowing (then) how to disconnect the ice maker plug from the cover. I believe that this plug harness goes to the defrost timer switch. Located above the light fixture in the upper refridgerator.

    Anyways the cold air is now moving and all looks good.

    All in all a good solution back when would have been to move the food you have to save to a cooler or another fridge then unplug the problem fridge wait about an hour with doors open then run some warm water at the base of the rear cover and see if the drain tray in the back is recieving the water through the tube. Don't start up fridge till that try is emptied though. too much to evaporate. use a sponge. easy job. also a good idea to clean the coil under the fridge while you're fridge is down. that can be done with vacuum or a dryer brush. nylon bristle. That's about it.

    Good luck!


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Right, the drip tray on the upper coil section has a blockage (possibly mold) that prevents the defrost condensate from reaching the evaporator pan that should be at the bottom of the fridge. Those lines are usually accessed from the back of the fridge.

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