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19 cubic foot admiral fridge .PROBLEM .Fridge leaks water from freezer.This is what I did : defrost fridge remove evaporator cover ,drain hole and channel was found to be clogged with ice,clean drain hole and pour water water down to make sure passage way is clear ,Fridge worked well for one month then leaking reappeared .Reexamine drain hole and drain channel both area was found to be iced up clean area from ice replace thermal defrost disk and defrost timer .Fridge worked well for month then water leaking problem reappeared .Observation fridge goes into defrost some how the water freezes in the drain channel area causing the defrost water to leak down .how can I solve this problem? Thank you

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  • NEVILLE SINGH May 20, 2011

    The information is very limited and did not pin point an answer to the problem. Thak you

  • NEVILLE SINGH May 23, 2011

    Thank you for your reply The 9 or12 guage wire that you mention how is it installed on the heating element? is it wrapped around the element then led down the drain hole. ,if so how many wraps around the element ? Thank you.

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The issue is there is nothing to defrost the drain hole they do make a small piece of metal that wraps around the defrost heater and then points down the hole which causes the hole to defrost when ever the heater kicks on you can also construct something out of a small piece of metal I preferably use a small piece of metal usually around the size of a 10-12 guage piece of wire which also alleviates this issue if you have any further questions message me back and please remember to rank how this opinion has helped it allows me to help others in similar situations and if you are looking to buy that small metal piece contact this company and they should be able to help you further http://www.allbrandonline.com/ i on the other hand dont see the point of paying 5-9 bucks for a small piece of metal Thanks Rick

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    you can wrap it about 2-3 times that should be sufficient your just trying to make the wire conduct the heat and make sure you strip off the caseing and then aim the wire down the hole this is a kind of hack way with a wire but it does work preferably i use a piece of metal like silver solder that i use to fix compressors because it easily wraps around the element and it doesnt melt from the heater tempretures if you have any questions message silver solder melts the easy at 711 degrees medium at 747 degrees and the hard would be to much of a pain to bend and the element never comes even remotely close to this tempreture please also remember when our chat has fully concluded to rank how this opinion has helped it allows me to continue helping others in similar situations Thanks Rick

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Sound like a problem with the drain hole in the drain pan under your evaporator coil is clogged up with gunk. You simply need to unclog that drain hole so that the melt water from the defrost cycle drains into that tray underneath the refrigerator which the melt water is supposed to drain into. The one you say is devoid of water.

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