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My Kenmore Refrigerator, model 106-78202891, has been dripping water inside. When I remove the freezer compartment floor, there is a thick slab of ice underneath. There also is ice blocking the drain tube. I clean out the ice and unplug the drain tube, but the problem returns in a short time. What is causing this problem? Is it a heater component that I can replace? I've seen quick fixes, such as wrapping a wire around the heater element and then sticking it down the drain tube. Does this work? Will it not melt the tube? But even if it works, this is only a mask-over fix. What is the root of the problem? And what is the most appropriate solution?

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Angels, sounds like your defrost drain is frozen over. When the refrigerator is going into defrost it's draining through the front instead of the drain pan. You can remove the shelves and peel off the back cover and clear the drain by pouring hot water on the frozen drain hole. If you have a baster of some sort you could try to squirt the hot water through the venting on the bottom of the panel. Another way to to point a hair dryer on the drain hole. The best method is to remove the shelves and panel and make sure the drain is clear. Catriver..post back.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006

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Yes you are right there is a drain tube in the middle of the coils. You need to remove the back panel and you will see the coils of the evaporator (freezer) and right underneath you will see drain tube. Now more then likely it is plugged with ice so take some regular table salt and two or three teaspoons on the top of the tube opening will break it loose and start draining. Take some regular tap water and pour down just to flush the tube and inspect the bottom collection pan under the fridge and see how much water is coming out. Be sure to have unit turned off when you do this cause the fan will run inside the freezer compartment other wise. Hope this helps you. ken

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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The problem is caused by the condensation drain line adjacent to and partially going through the coldest part of the freezer.It can - and does - tend to ice up once a year or so.So the if the drain line freezes, the water, instead of draining out is blocked.The water backs up and enters the bottom of the freezer box and as it builds up inside the bottom compartment, you will find ice on the bottom of the compartment that eventually leaks out and you get a nice puddle on the floor.Unplug the frig and pull it out from the wall.Open the bottom freezer door and remove the bottom basket but leave the door open.On the back of the frig at the bottom is a cover plate and by removing the screws it will easily lift off.You'll now see a plastic housing with the drain line attached that is also screwed on the back, so remove the 2 or 3 screws attaching it and pull the housing out gently but firmly .There may be a metal/aluminum tube which goes into the frig so pull it all the way out.This will now let some warm air into the interior that will melt the lower part of the internal line in only a few minutes.With the drain line separated from the housing and the aluminum tube, blow through it to make sure it's clear.This has probably only taken you about 15 to 20 minutes but it will now be OK to put everything back together as this is all that needs to be done.It also doesn't hurt to vacuum the the frig coils with a service tool to improve coolant movement.You can also use hair dryer to melt the over freezed line and this will help.-------- you can also try manual defrost reset procedure.The procedure is as follows:---First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle.This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011

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not much can be done about compressore noise, short of replacing it. but your drain issue is easily fixed, with that whirlpool heat strap you mentioned.it actually wraps around the heater in frezer section and the idea is that when the unit goes into a defrost cycle(3 or 4 times a day) the heater heats the strap(which runs into drain tube) up as well, preventing tube from freeezing up and eventually backing up into your freezer floor

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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Not an original solution - but a good one. Remove panels at the back of the freezer compartment to expose the heater unit or heater wire that defrosts the freezer coils and wrap a solid copper wire gently around the heater/ heater wire and place the loose end in the drain. This will conduct heat to the freezer drain and help keep it open. I did see a manufactured part in one of the appliance parts websites but it did not match my unit.

Posted on Jun 09, 2009

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You are correct. the defrost drain is most likely plugged up causing the water to drip into the refrigerator through the air returns in the ceiling of the fridge.
To access the defrost drain hole in your model you will have to remove the back wall from the freezer compartment and possibly the floor of the freezer as well if it has the floor air flow tray.
The repair is quite simple- remove as much of the ice as possible (i use a putty knife to pull it up in as large chunks as possible and then use a moistened dish towel to pick up the smaller pieces.
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