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Blocked fridge drain

The drain is blocked at the bottom of the fridge but i dont know where the drain pan is located in the fridge freezer. (Hotpoint rfa70) I cannot find the manual as it is around 4 years old. i'm sure the pan is just full. i am in the process of defrosting the freezer so this is the perfect time to sort it out. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  • ktlh Oct 05, 2007

    thanks a million.
    put a little bleach down and it seems to be clear.
    didnt know the water would evaporate. :-)

  • donnabedford Jan 23, 2009

    keeps blocking up

  • rmr79 Apr 14, 2009

    I had exactly the same problem, which i have now subsequently fixed by attaching a small bottle cleaner to a wire coat hanger and putting that down the drain hole to clean it out however i am wondering if there is some way of removing the water pan as i dont have a manual for the fridge, and it is pretty disguisting and i would like to clean it out



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The pan being full doesnt affect the drain being blocked the pans not full anyway its constantly evaporationg it. I use a little air pressure to clear drain lines, than pur a diluted solution of water and a little bleach down the hole water should drain fast and not pool.

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