My Maytage side by side has water dripping down in the freezer and it builts up with ice on the bottom. I took off the back panel inside the freezer and the drip pan under the coils was full of ice. I thawed it out but 4 days later water was coming out of it and forming ice on the bottom of the freezer again??
Ours too. Same deal. About every second day water coming puddling out of your freezer (wide-by-side model).
This fridge has been crap since we purchased it and this is just a new problem in a series of previous ones.
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Re: Bottom of freezer has water dripping into it
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
Perfect aborcass! One suggestion for idiots like me: one removes the "back" panel of the freezer from the front! :o) Also, braided #12 wire is more flexible and easier to wrap around the heating element. Aborcass needs to go work for Maqytag and tell them how to engineer their products!
I have the same problem. After openeing the back panel from inside, I noticed a big ice in the drain. I removed it but pouring hot water spills the water out of the freezer and on the floor. Should I continue doing this until the drain opens up? If so, where does the water deposits? Is there a bowl or something that I need to empty out? Here is the picture of inside the back panel:
We had the same problem. I melted the ice with a hair dryer, poured boiling water in drain and used a pipe cleaner to snake the drain. It was still clogged. I ended up putting baking powder in the drain and pouring vinegar on the powder. This cleared the drain.
Thank you aborcass... I just priced a new frig at $1500 and came home to check to see if I could fix the leaking water from my Maytag... thanks to you, I saved $1500 with 15 mins of work and renewed my "household hero" status with my wife and kids
and thanks pequot, I would have been going to the back first if not for your post
One note for others... after I cleared the ice, used hot water, and used a small screwdriver to clear even down into the drain hole - mine was still clogged...
I then poured a little Drano into the hole... then a little more up and down with the small screwdriver and voila! the drain hole cleared up and problem solved
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if you can find the a hole the opening is size of a hose, that is where that water should go, see if there is any small object blocking the way out or the hose maybe clogged, just clean it with hot water, turn it off first
I had the same problem with my refrigerator/ bottom freezer. It is a Kenmore and would build up ice in the bottom and would eventually drip water on the floor in front of the bottom drawer. I solved the problem by doing a few different things. First I took off the back cover to see where the drip pan was located. Look for the drain tube that goes into the drip pan and in my case cut two plastic ties to gain a better angle for my next steps. I took a turkey baster and a cup of hot water and shot it in the drain tube several different times. Then I took a string trimmer line (pretty thick) and pushed that into the drain tube as far as I could get it and worked it back and forth. My final step was to blow air into the drain tube in towards the freezer at which point I could hear the ice in the icemaker blowing around. The following day the water was draining into the drip pan and not into the bottom of my freezer :>)
I have the same problem. Just talked to a friend that's a great appliance repairman. he said I have to remove the panel in the back inside of freezer and there is a drain that gets clogged up, a little hole or tube.
clean that and should work fine and stop leaking. I haven't had time yet, but this weekend I'll do the deed. Hopes this helps ya!
I also have the same problem with my ET1CHMXKQ03. Short of some serious fix, we simply found where it was leaking at the top middle and placed a dish on the top rack to collect the water. Then we emply this dish periodically. In searching the web for a permanent fix, I found the 4 articles.
In the center of the top of the fresh food section there is a drain cup that just plugs into the drain line at the back. Just pull it straight out and rinse it out and put it back. Option 2: Most times this is a plugged defrost drain system. The defrost heater in the freezer section melts the frost and changes it to water, this water is suppose to flow down a drain system. If this drain system is restricted or plugged the water will leak inside the refrigerator. The drain system starts in the freezer section with a tray built under the evaporator coil. The water is funneled through a small hose into a cup in the top middle of the fresh food section, from there, the water is directed out the back wall to a drain hose that runs down the back of the refrigerator into a condensing tray. The heat created under the fridge makes the water evaporate and disappear. Some of the cups ( in the top back of the fresh food section ) can be removed for cleaning. A turkey baster can be used to help clean out the drain system. Fill the baster with hot water and "blast" it into the drain hose to help flush it out. A piece of wire or pipe cleaner can also be pushed into the drain hoses to help clean then out.
Option 3: I had the same problem with a whirlpool refrigerator with freezer on top. TURN OFF & UN-PLUG IT. To access the freezer drain you must pull the refrig out from the wall and take off the bottom-back panel, it uses some (7) small nut headed screws. The drain is the white tube on the left going into the drain pan. You can push a long wire or plastic hose up the tube, however that will probably only hit something solid (ice) and blowing air may not clear it, until you let the freezer completely thaw out, which may take several days. I took out all the freezer items and placed them in coolers to keep them frozen. Then removed the back panel in the freezer, two nut headed screws at the top center. The bottom of this panel was frozen to the bottom of the freezer compartment, so I used a hair-dryer to thaw it enough to loosen it. (Be careful: water and electricity do not mix well!) The left side of this panel has some electrical control wires attached, so the left side will not come out, just rotate the panel and lean it against the left side of the compartment. Now use the hair dryer (or pour hot water on it) to melt the ice along the bottom back of the compartment under the freezer coils. BE CAREFUL: The fins are sharp and will cut! Do not bend them. If they are all frozen up your heating element-defroster may be out. If there is only ice along the bottom, the hair-dryer or hot-water will help melt it to the point it can be removed. If the drain hole at the back-bottom-center-right is plugged with ice, poor hot water on it to speed up its melting. The hair drier will not do this very fast and you cannot chip it out without damaging the plug hole. Mine was solid ice about 2 inches into the tube and hot water finally thawed it. Then pour water through the hole to flush it out. Clean the bottom drain pan & re-assemble. Good luck. Option 4: You have to turn fridge off for 24 hrs . Because the drain hose goes down to the drain pan , it goes between the walls. So you cant access it to clean it out Get a small hose and push It up the drain tube from the bottom ,and blow Up the hose to clear the debris Things you'll need 30 minutes Small socket for cardboard panel on lower back and panel inside freezer Bicycle Pump 4 Towels Hair Dryer
1. Take everything out of freezer 2. Turn dials off in fridge for both compartments 3. Pull fridge out so you can get behind it and unplug it 4. Be vigilant of ice maker line if installed 5. Pull cardboard panel off on back On the left side you should see the back of the skinny drip pan and a small line. That line goes from the freezer and is most likely clogged. 6. Blow dry the back of the freezer enough so the ice is thawed at the bottom of the back panel. 7. Remove the two screws on the back panel. You may just be able to pull it toward you enough to get behind it. You'll see the coils and fan, and underneath these you may see some ice sheets and there should be a hole. That is the drain line that is clogged. I heated up some water and poured it over the drain to thaw the line. You may want to remove the crisper drawers and put some towels down there to catch the overflow. Once the ice is thawed enough at the drain. Go to the back of the fridge and place the end of the bicycle pump at the bottom of the drain hose. Apply pressure to get a good seal but keep pumping. You may have to go back and forth between pumping and thawing, but you'll know it is clear when you hear air going into the freezer and then the wonderful moment when water drips into the drip pan as advertised!
It is acutually a collector pan for the drain hose. When the refrigerator runs a defrost cycle (about every couple days), that pan collects the water from the ice that is melted and drains it through a hose inside the unit, to a pan under the unit. You will have to pull the back panel off the back of the freezer and melt it with either hot water or a hot blowdryer. Do it until you see the water draining freely into the bottom pan.
A bad freezer door seal causes condensation that freezes at the bottom of the unit. I realize you said the drip pan was full of ice, but if the drain is clogged, that will happen. If that unit has the pan at the very bottom, condensation can also contribute to this.
Angels, sounds like your defrost drain is frozen over. When the refrigerator is going into defrost it's draining through the front instead of the drain pan. You can remove the shelves and peel off the back cover and clear the drain by pouring hot water on the frozen drain hole. If you have a baster of some sort you could try to squirt the hot water through the venting on the bottom of the panel. Another way to to point a hair dryer on the drain hole. The best method is to remove the shelves and panel and make sure the drain is clear. Catriver..post back.