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My drain tube keeps freezing every few weeks. I pour hot water to clear it out and I get it draining for a while, but it freezes up again and water collects in freezer.

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Install a drain tube heater. Instructions are included with the heater kit.

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After facing the same issue (defrosting, cleaning the drain, drain gets blocked again...start again: defrost, etc..) I decided to try to give it one last go:
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2. Clean & rinse the drain (ensure is fully clean and I can pass liquid through the drain).

3. Get a ~30 cm pure copper wire
In my case I took a 3amp power cable, and took the copper wire from one of the cables.

4. Wrap one end of the copper wire around the copper coil at the back of the fridge (where the coil is warmest)

5. Insert the other end of the copper wire in the drain (just above the drip tray). I inserted ~15cm of wire into the drain.

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Not sure how permanent this might be.. so far at least I'm getting more months than with the previous symptoms treatments ;)

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