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The tube drain is always frozen causing the water created in the defrost cycle to pool in the bottom and eventually flow out onto the floor. How can the drain be cleared and where does the drain flow to?

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You must use hot water to thaw the drain and install a drain heater to prevent it from freezing again. Remove the rear cover from inside the freezer to access the drain hole. The heater comes with excellent instructions for installation. The heater is available from the link below.

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