Kenmore / GE side by side defrost drain keeps freezing up
The water captured in the defrost drain pan on my Kenmore / GE side by side freezer freezes up causing water to pool in the bottom of the freezer and then this water freezes too. What can cause the water in the defrost drain pan to freeze up? The drain is clear. Couls to long a heated defrost cycle cause this problem?
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Re: Kenmore / GE side by side defrost drain keeps...
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.
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Remove back of unit and check defrost heater has not become detached, otherwse the is only two possibilities, one a defrost fault and although you say the defrost tube is clear the only reason it does not flow is due to a restriction, what can happen is that the water backs up the drain pipe and then freezes before the water in the external tray can evaporate.
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The water is from the melted frost of the defrost cycle. The drain at the bottom of the back wall of the freezer is blocked so instead of the water draining into the pan where it will evaperate,it's pooling on the freezer floor and freezing, in many case when the floor indent is full the water will leak onto the floor.By pulling the refrigerator out from the wall,there will be a tube behind the service panel on the right side when looking at it from the rear,that tube can be removed and cleared,then clear the nozzle it connects to inside the freezer.
The problem is the water drain tube in the freezer is clogged.
As the evaperator goes into deicing mode the water from the evaperator
is not going down the drain tube. Instead it's over flowing those
two air ducts to the refridgerator and causing your water problem.
But it's not as simple as simply clearing the clogged drain tube.
You need to install a heating element inside the drain tube
to keep it from freezing during the deiceing process.
Self-defrosting refrigerators dispose of the water generated during the defrost cycle, usually via a tube or channel that directs the water to a pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. From the pan, the water normally evaporates. (See a more detailed explanation of this in the How Things Work section of our website).
If the tube or channel is clogged or obstructed, the water backs up and leaks into the inside of the refrigerator/freezer compartment. Then the water builds up at the bottom, inside of the refrigerator/freezer. When the water has built up for a time it may spill out of the front of the door opening. To fix this problem, clear the drain tube or channel and allow the defrost water to flow down to the drain pan.
Yes, you are correct, that is a drain. Use a turkey baster with hot (not boiling) water to flush out the drain tube until water will flow out into the drain pan under the refrig. (where the air blown over it will cause it to evaporate)
make sure you have cleared the drain all the way to the drip pan, and the fridge should be tilted slightly to the rear for good drainage........make sure there is a clear path for the water to make it to the drain hole
The freezer will defrost itself periodically depending on the run times of the compressor. This is determined by the defrost timer and will shut the unit off and turn on a heater to thaw the frost buildup. The resulting water is then channeled to the defrost pan which rests on top of the condensor coil under the freezer section or on top of the compressor, (depending on manufacturer design). The tubing to the defrost pan could be plugged or kinked off. You may also need a modification kit installed to keep the defrost drain trough from freezing over. I would suggest you consult a local technician for advice in this area. Also, make sure all doors are sealing properly as an air leak will cause excessive frost build up and will have a tendency to freeze before it can all drain out, then any successive defrost cycles will overflow the trough and run out the front.
yes totally defrost unit and verify drain is not plugged, make sure drain is trapped. it may drain into a pan on top of compressor, where heat dissipated by compressor evaporates condensate. certain crosly model freezers made by w.c. wood co. have a problem with that.
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.