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Re: Refrigerator drip pans too expensive are there...
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Caution with the type of plastic tray you use.
Theory is - yes you can do what you suggest - However - dependant on the location of the drip tray (above motor ! ! ! ) some plastics will 'perish' and become brittle / fibrous.
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In answer to your question, the drain pan is removable. This drain pan is available for purchase. The problem is both Samsung and LG are not service friendly. The drain pan is not secured with fasteners and just lifts up.
However, There is the interference from the seal system (refrigerant) tubing and compressor which prevents you from pulling the drain pan out.
On my service calls with drain pan leakage, I just repaired the drain pan with duct tape an silicone adhesive. Because I could not get the drain pan out with out moving the compressor.
Both, Samsung and LG are the worst service friendly and highest cost for repair.
the evaporation pan is under the refrigerator, over the top of the compressor unit. Sometimes fungi or algae can grow in there causing a mildew smell. If you can get access to it you can pour a mixture of baking soda and water into the inner part of the pan to destroy the plant matter and remove smells. About 1 tsp in 1/2 cup of water should do it.
Alternatives: 1/2 cup water with 50 ml white vinegar, or 20 mls bleach should do it. Be sparing with the water - it has nowhere to go but the floor after it overflows the evaporation tray.
The drip pan collects water when the freezer goes into a defrost cycle. Most times there is very little water and the water evaporates quickly. When there is a problem with the freezer or the water does not evaporate between defrost cycles, the drip pan fills with water. If the front bottom of your refrigerator has a grille, you access the drip pan from the front. If there is no grille, access the drip pan from the rear.
Instructions Rear Access
1 Unplug the refrigerator from the wall outlet. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall so that you can access the rear of the refrigerator.
2 Look under the refrigerator with a flashlight and locate the drip pan. Often when people install refrigerators they neglect to pull the packing from around the drip pan. The drip pan may have tape or styrofoam around it.
3 Remove any packing material away from the drip pan and pull the drip pan out from under the refrigerator.
4 Pull the grille at the bottom of the refrigerator below the refrigerator door with your fingers. The grille secures to the refrigerator with plastic clips.
5 Remove any debris from the access area and throw the debris in the trash. The coils and fan under the refrigerator attract dust and dirt. Clean out the area with a lint brush if you have one.
6 Pull the drip pan out from under the refrigerator.
It is the water that is emanating the odor. If you look at the back you will find a drain for this drip pan. If you cant find any then you may like to use a self made mop kind of a thing. A thin stick with some cloth tied to one end. Push it into the opening where you located to water from and dip it into the water and pull the stick and squeeze the water down. You will have to do it a number of times depending on the quantity of water in the pan. Then use a dry cloth the dry up the pan. This should remove the odor.
Alternatively you can use a long rubber hose to siphon out the water.
BUT, this is not a cure. To cure you may want to call a service personnel.
The accumulated ice you saw is of course the source of the water. The refrigerator will eventually rid itself of the excess ice and the problem will therefore disappear on it's own after a while. The drip pan is normally filled with only a small amount of water, and that is dried up by the condenser cooling fan under the fridge. The pan is removable from most units, but not without making a mess. I suppose you can make and clean up the mess one time and be done with it.
there is a drip pan located underneath you ref but most likely your prob is a plugged drain line coming from the freezer. when you ref goes into automatic def the water doesnt run out into the drip pan but instead onto your floor..
you can clean the drain line by removing the rear cover in the freezer compartment and using hot water to thaw the drain below the evap coil.