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Freezer compartment leaking water and icing up inside

My Admiral Side By Side Freezer is leaking water onto the floor in front of the freezer and is icing up inside so that food is stuck together and we have huge blocks of ice at the bottom of teh frezer compartment

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  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2007

    we have the same do we blow the line out with a hose what is it?

    we have cleared the ice away ,what next?

  • ironlady Dec 21, 2007

    We have exactly the same problem from inside the freezer bottom shelf leaking water outside and freezing the lower basket to bottom of freezer

  • sissypoo Feb 06, 2008

    Our fridge has water leaking on the floor in front. Then ice forms freezing the basket to the bottom.

  • Jenna Roberts Mar 29, 2008

    huge block of ice in bottom freezer compartment of side-by-side. HOW do I access the drain to do all this? I took the rear panel off inside the freezer, but can't get to the drain

  • tammyjam Apr 09, 2008

    We have the same thing going on. It has caused our laminate flooring to pop! What a mess. Going to try the listed solution. Has that worked for others?

  • babubanu1 Jun 10, 2008

    I also have the same problem.

  • dannyricha Jul 23, 2008

    Ice maker forms an icicle into the dispencer. I have made sure the refrigerator is level. when the ice maker is turned off with the lever, the icicle stops forming. The ice maker makes ice jst fine, but with the extra ice forming around the auger in the dispenser, you can't get it out. DR

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    Hello, I have GE. top freezer and have the same problem. The it leaks water and the freezer freezes to the point where the refrigerator cant get the cold air and becomes hot. Also when I have to defrost manually, the drain hole is always frozen also . Thanks

  • Anonymous Jul 26, 2008

    i have an admiral side by side as well, leaking water in front of the freezer compartment, and accumulates ice on the bottom of the freezer compartment.

  • citybusdrive Aug 04, 2008

    took the back off the freezer, vaccuumed away all the built up dust. took the drain off out, cleaned with bleach, removed a clog in it, figured all this would take care of it.

  • Anonymous Aug 20, 2008

    freezer is leaking water and ice forming inside bottom of freezer

  • simonbunker1 Aug 21, 2008

    i have an admiral side by side as well, leaking water in front of the freezer compartment, I took the back off the freezer, vaccuumed away all the built up dust. took the drain off out, cleaned with bleach, removed a clog in it, figured all this would take care of it.

    I then called admiral and they want $260 to clear the drip tray

    does anyone know how to get to the drip tray

  • pal4mike Oct 15, 2008

    water on floor from freezer compartmenrt

  • cdxxy Oct 25, 2008

    Yes, I have the exact same problem, but my model is Magic Shef CSB2323ARW, 1999, 22.5 cu ft, side by side

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    I have the same problem with my Admiral Designer Series; fix it by defrosting it and clearing the drain with hot water, however this is a recurring problem for me. Started about 1 year after purchasing the fridge and has escalated. For the past year I've been going through this process every 4 weeks. Just did it 2 weeks ago and it's plugged again and leaking on the floor already. Won't ever buy this brand again.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    not hooked up to water line..leaking



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Solution #3 fixed it.

Pulled everything out of the freezer, found where the drain was, it was blocked with ice, hot water and then a flexible straw, the kind that comes from an ammusment park kids container, shoved it down the opening after the hot water and it cleared whatever was blocking the drain.

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I just fixed this problem with my Admiral. I noticed the problem when I found ice in the bottom of the freezer and water leaking out onto the floor. Here is what I did: remove all of the food from the freezer into large coolers. Pull-out the shelves, the icemaker bin, and thaw the basket with a hairdryer until you can pull it out. There are about 12 phillips head screws that hold a plastic baffle covering the freezer coils. Remove all of the screws and loosen but do not remove the icedispenser motor and freezer light (you can pry it up to get to the top screw of the baffle). Pull the top part of the baffle away from the back of the freezer and then slide the baffle up to reveal the defrost drip tray and drain. Use a hair dryer and screw driver to remove the iceblock from the drip try and to thaw any other ice in the bottom of the freezer. Also thaw the top of the drain. Now pull the freezer out from the wall and under the drain area in the back you will find the drain tube attached with a "Oh-Jesus" clamp - at least that is what we call them here in Indiana. Pinch the clamp with pliers and pull the drain tube down. Use a stretched out wire hanger to snake out the tube (I had lots of calcium deposit and a dust ball clogging the tube) and then replace. Test the system with a cup of water to make sure the drain works (should see water end up in the pan under the right front bottom drip tray). Replace baffle, icemaker motor/light, bin, shelves, food, done.

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    Teresa Dunavant Mar 31, 2014

    thank you so much, I'm a female and did this myself per your instruction. Worked like a charm.




The problem is the defrost drain line. It is clogged and every time the unit goes into the automatic defrost drain mode, water backs up, freezes and is subsequently carried forward towards the door and out onto the floor. Clear the ice and blow the line out with a hose and then flush with very hot water. Repeat this process two to three times and you should be back to normal.

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Where is the drain line and what do you mean "blow it out with a hose"?

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Does anyone know someone who can fix this in the newcastle on tyne area

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