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The freezer of my magic Chief Side by Side is draining the water from the frost free cycle into the bottom of the freezer. It is running out the door and also poooling in the bottom of the freezer and building up ice.

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There is a drain tube underneath the evaporator coils that has probably froze over. You'll probably have to take the evaporator cover off to access the drain area (the back wall of the inside of the freezer). You need to clear as much ice as possible from the area, then use hot water to melt the ice in the tube. There might also be a block in the tube (like a pea or corn) so you may still need to run something through the tube to clear that. Some things that might help prevent this in the future (other than not spilling a bag of frozen peas) would be to make sure the frige is level side to side and tipped back slightly, this will help the water run towards the drian. Tipping it back also helps the doors swing shut so you don't potentially leave a door. Also make sure the freezer is not too cold. Place a thermometer in the freezer and set the temp at between 5 and 10 deg above zero. Any colder will only freezer burn your food faster and cost you more electricity and put more wear and tear on the frige. You have to wait 24 hours between adjustments and check the temp after the doors have been shut for 6-8 hours (like first thing in the morning).

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Water leaks can come from may sources, this tip is designed to help with water that is from the freezer due to a defrost drain not working properly.

The Basics:

Frost free refrigerators have automatic defrost cycles. Without this automatic cycle the cooling coils would become covered in frost and the cold air could not circulate where needed. To rid the coils of frost every 8 to 10 hours a heater is activated for around 15 minutes, this is long enough to eliminate the frost but not long enough to warm the freezer temperature. During this defrost cycle the water that is created by the frost thawing is designed to flow down a drain into a pan under the refrigerator and evaporate from the heat produced by the compressor and condenser.

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The drain that the defrost water flows down can get restricted and plug up or drain so slow it freezes. Depending on the model of refrigerator it can be a very easy fix or a bit more complex.

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Once the panel is off you should see a tray, pan or trough that the water drips into off of the coils. In this pan will be a hole about the size of dime. This is the drain. If heavy ice is built up, you may not see it.

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