Refrigerator is 6 years old. Freezer coils recently started freezing up. Temperature in the refrigerator rises because cold air cannot circulate, due to freezing over. Water runs onto the top shelf of the refrigerator. I have to manually defrost the coils and the drain tube about once a month. Is there any solution? Is it the defrost system?
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If the bottom freezer section of the Gladiator Freezerator is thawing out the usual cause is from the coils in the back of the top refrigerator section being iced up. The ice blockage prevents the fan from circulating cold air into the bottom freezer section. These units have a design flaw due to the defrost drain freezing up preventing water from draining out from under the coil. The long-term solution is to remove the back wall of the refrigerator section to get to the coil, thoroughly defrost the coil making sure the drain tube is clear, then wrap a couple turns of #12 or #14 copper house wire around the bottom of the defrost heater element and run it a few inches into the drain tube. Advise unplugging the unit when you do this.
I've had this fix on my Gladiator for a couple years and it has been working perfectly ever since. The freezer stays a constant 0 degrees F and no more thawed out food.
Your drain is iced over. It is very common and I run into this quite a bit. You can turn the refrigerator off for 24 hours to defrost the drain. Or you can remove the back panel in the freezer were you will see a drain pan under the evaporator coil. Right in the center will be the drain hole. When I run into these units. I change the cold control or main thermostat control as well. What I was finding 4 plus years ago, was that I would clear the drain with warm water and a CO2 compressed air tank. Then half of the units would start leaking again. I figured out that the temperature control(cold control) was not controlling the temperature properly. It was allowing the temperature in the back part of the refrigerator to get below 32 degrees. this would freeze the drain tube as it runs threw the back walling of the refrig(fresh food) section. I wish I had a link to a post on this for you. If you have any other questions contact me HERE.
you need to remove the rear panel inside the freezer section,inside there will be the evaporator coil/core,below this is a drip pan/drain and they get frozen over,shut off the unit and put a bunch of towels there to catch water as it thaws,then use hot water to hasten thaw,then run a piece of wire down the drain hole,you will need to remove rear lower cover to see when wire comes out there,then after you get it starting to drain,clean out drain tube with hot water and vinegar
I have a Kenmore Coldspot Model #69207990 and have the same problem. Water from the freezer drains into the refridgerator onto the shelves and sheets of ice form. A repairman pointed out that the tube leading down from the freezer onto the drain pan was frozen. By pouring hot water down the tube, he reopened this drain line. Problem solved for six months and the drain line froze again. My question is how to stop this drain line from freezing up again.
Clean the drain pan and drain line in the back of the freezer section
underneath the evaporator coil. Make sure water drains when you
pour it in. If it doesn't - also clean drain tube on the back of the
unit behind the cover. When done - put the tube exactly where it was.
Good luck! :)
Hi. thanks for the question . The first thing i would do is clear the drain tube .that could be why the freezer ices up .too much moisture Clean the drain, And the coils at the back. thanks the appliance doc
Seems to be a common problem with these units. You can get a drain tube heater ( got mine from an online refrigerator parts distributor), though may not totally solve problem. Some suggest running a copper wire through tube - supposed to conduct just enough heat to keep tube from freezing.