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I have water accumulating at the bottom of refridgerator and i think my drain hole is clogged but i can't locate it. Can you help?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly
If the drain is clogged you must do a manual defrost by unplugging the unit, removing the freezer contents and directing an external fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. (It will make a water mess so be ready to tend to that mess!) The reason you have to do this is that there is ice in the drain and the only way to defrost the ice is to warm things up until the ice melts. The water that eventually accumulates where the ice in the drain funnel has formed does a good job of insulating the remaining ice in the funnel so it takes about 2 hours for everything to melt.

Once the ice has melted:
- Remove the rear fiberboard cover in the compressor area and locate the end of the drain tube for the compartment drain. Make sure the end of the drain is clear and that the the plastic drain pan is clean. (This can be quite unpleasant!) Clean it as necessary and make sure to remove all the muck from the drain pan / basin.
- Next us a vacuum on PRESSURE / Exhaust and direct air into the end of the drain tube. Have a 2nd person listen for air-flow in the freezer compartment passing through the drain tube to make sure it is clear. The pressure will float any debris UP out of the drain funnel and clear the drain in most cases so you do not have to take things apart to clear the drain.
- Once your sure the drain is clear re-load the freezer contents and return the unit to normal service. Just make sure to re-install the rear cover AFTER cleaning the condensoer coils and condenser fan area. (DO NOT use anything sharp on the condenser coils! You can puncture the coils and cause a coolant leak!)

This should stop your water leaking at the bottom of your refrigerator.

Should you not be able to clear the drain.... using the method above; I need the make and model number of your refrigerator so I can use parts diagrams to show you what to remove to gain access to the drain and clear the obstruction.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

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