As the defrost happens, rather than draining elsewhere, the water pools in the bottom of the freezer and freezes. After 15 days, there is a sheet of ice big enough to prevent the freezer door from sliding all the way shut.
The real problem is that the drain which carries the defrost water away from the coils (and down to the external pan underneath where it should evaporate) has become plugged with ice (from having left the door open thereby icing up the coils and the drain). The problem you have now is that the normal defrost cycle was not designed to melt the ice plug that is blocking the drain.
Solution: You have to either (1) if you're handy, you can remove the plastic panel over the coils in the back of the freezer and melt it out with a hair dryer or hot water -- or (2) unplug the unit, leave the doors open and let it melt out by itself. I don't know how long you'd have to wait for (2) to completely melt the ice plug -- I'm guessing at least 24-36 hours to be sure.
I did (1) and it took me about 2 hours to remove the freezer bin and door, remove the main drawer slides, remove the internal drawers and their slides, remove the back inside panel, find the ice plug (lower left side of the drip tray under the evap coils), melt it out with hot water from a baster, verify that the drain was clear, reassemble in reverse order. But it worked. Problem completely solved -- no water since. By the way the drip tray was completely full of ice - right after a defrost cycle had completed -- so this problem will never resolve itself without intervention.
Bear in mind, the whole cycle COULD happen again if the drawer is left open again and the excess ice builds up on the coils again. This is a design flaw in the unit itself. However, I read about a clever solution to prevent a new ice plug forming as a result of the open door. Just loop a length of 10-12 gauge bare copper wire around the defrost heater element and insert the other end of the wire in the drain hole. Heat conducted through the wire during defrost will clear any ice plug that may form.
Beat the botto of your freazzer gently with a hammer and scoot it out under the drawer. Then clean it up off the floor with a broom/dustpan and then towels.That is what I do. Works like a charm... until it collects again. it is a quick solution and gets the job done. I hate this fridge...
Repairman that just left my home removed a rubber cap that newer refrigerators have on the drain line. Supposedly there to keep air from entering through the drain line. Problem is, they very easily get clogged and don't let the water out which produces the glacier in the bottom of the freezer! Took him all of 3 minutes to pull the frige out, remove the small panel on the back at the bottom of the fridge, remove the cap and put the panel back on. Away he went with a nice service call fee! After you remove the cap, you will have to unplug the fridge and thaw the glacier and mop up the mess to clear the ice in the drain line. Good luck!!
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Re: Water/ice pools in bottom of freezer
There is a leak around your doors letting in warm air. Check the rubber around your doors to see if it is cracked somewhere. If so replace the seal around your door. If that isn't it check your temperture settings maybe they are to high. Or maybe your refrigerator isn't staying on and kicking off at the right intervals.
This has been happening to me on and off. I was told by phone rep. to slowly pour very warm water into the drain hole inside the freezer. You have to do it 5 or 6 times but it does clear the freeze.
My only problem is, is that it keeps freezing up a few weeks later. I lowered my setting a whole degree but that didn't make a difference. I now check my freezer bottom daily so I can get to it before it gets too bad.
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Not sure what model you have or the age, but it could be the door gasket. It could also be the door closure at the bottom of the hinge side being worn down and not closing the door all the way. These normally last about 15 years.
this sounds like your freezer is operating properly, except that the drainage of the water when going through the defrosting mode is not draining properly, pooling on the bottom of the freezer and then freezing. Check the drainage hose for the defrost in the lower pan. I would remove everything, place in ice chest, let the unit completely thaw out and then inspect. I hope this is beneficial.
Remove the bottom plastic liner on the freezer and look midways ont the backside for the hole where the drain is. If it has a slabe of ice over it unplug the freezer and let it thaw out. This will take a day or 2 to fix so have the food transfered elsewhere. After thaw out clear the drain. Remove the rear panel and check the fan operation. At that point if the fan is operating you can put the panels back on and wsee if clearing the drain is the problem. If it happens again in a few weeks then either the heater is bad or the defrost thermostat is bad. When either one of these go out the timer still goes into defrost but the heat does not. So what water dribbles down in them 21 minutes tends to pool up and freeze over. The evaporator gets clogged . The refrigerator has a blizzard up in the freezer and nothing happening below even though the fan is blowing full blast shaboom!
You have a plugged up defrost drain. There should be a drain hole way in back of the freezer, at the bottom. (it should be behind the panel at the back of the freezer compartment) Use a turkey baster with warm water to flush it out until water runs out the hole into the defrost drain pan under the refrigerator.
drain hose is plugged... the freezer it need to drain water when if goes into defrost .the drain from the bottom freezer down to the bottom of the fridge... there is a pan under the fridge that holds the water until it evaporates
If it defrost normally it will defrost about every 10 hours. If this is happening many time a day the control board is the reason for the problem. Now if it is defrosting and the water is coming from the rear of the freezer the defrost drain is blocked. the part number for the mother control board is WR55X10942 Your defrost thermostat may also be stuck and causing the temperatures to increase drastically. I would like to follow up with you on this problem if you don't mind
sounds like you have a clogged defrost drain tube. removing back panel of freezer will give you acess to drain trough, melt away the ice with a hair dryer, youll find a drain hole under there somwhere,pouring boiling water down the drain will clear it pretty quickly( i use a steam machine purchased from the infomercials works awesome, after you clear it and all water drain down tube wrap a piece of solid copper wirearound the heater( black calrod heater right above the drain trough) and stick it in the whole maybe an inch or so. now everythime the heater comes on to defrost it will prevent the hole from freezing over
most likely you have a frozen drain in the freezer section so that whne your refrig defrosts the water runs out into the freezer compartment instead of the drain pan underneath. the fix is to flush the drain with warm water to clear the obstruction. the drain can be reached either by removing the cover in the freezer area or by back flushing the line from beneath the refrig.
Check under the base, the tube must be clear to the water tray, often there is a rubber flow restrictor, this either perishes or blockes, either way remove it, defrost over night and then turn back on, should then work ok within 24hrs.
I had the same problem with my LRFC25750 and have finally figured out what's happening! The water that is pooling and freezing on the bottom of the freezer is definitely coming from the defrost cycle. It is pooling inside the freezer compartment because the drain inside the back of the freezer intended to carry the defrost water down to the external evaporator tray underneath is blocked with ice. As a result, the defrost water from the coils overflows the collector under the coils and runs down the inside back of the freezer, pools on the bottom, and re-freezes when the cycle is over. this continues until there's so much ice on the bottom that the water from next defrost cycle runs out on the floor.
The "easy" solution is to unplug the unit and let it completely melt out (this could take 24-36 hours). I couldn't wait, so I removed the freezer drawers and their tracks and pulled out the back panel inside the freezer -- saw the ice in the collector and blocking the drain and I melted it away with hot water and verified that water could now flow down to the external evaporator tray. Unless you want to do this, I'd say give it a good 24-36 hours for all the ice to melt away.
I think it all started when we left the freezer door ajar for a whole day and probably had a lot of frost build-up on the coils. The next defrost cycle was not enough to clear all the frost and things began to build up from there. Once the drain is frozen, though, you're finished -- the defrost heater doesn;t reach down that far and you have to melt it down completely or it will continue to leak forever.
I've heard that you can get a drain heater to ensure that the drain never freezes over or at least so that it is sure to clear with each defrost cycle. I'll post an update if I locate one.