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 Posted: Sun Feb 14th, 2010 01:30 am
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I performed some exploratory surgery on my fridge and found that the condensate pan and drain is completely filled with ice, as shown in the attached photo, and is leaking in to the refrigerator compartment.  I am at a loss as to what to do now.

I can wait for the ice to melt and then put everything back together and hope for the best, but it seems reasonable to expect that without clearing the clog, the drain will back up again.

What could have clogged the drain, and how do I clear it?

Thank in advance for your advice,
Aaron

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Try and run a bit of hot water through the drain and verify that it reaches the pan down below, sometimes stray food chunks (frozen peas,shrimp etc) find their way in there, you can also get a probe which attaches to the heater and extends a short distance into the drain to keep it clear



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If you don't wanna make a big mess use a hair dryer to melt all the ice away (and several towels for soaking up the water). Once you get to where you can see the drain hole get a glass of really hot water and pour a little on it...soak up the water....repeat....until thwe water will go down the drain freely.....next get a piece of #12 or 14 solid copper wire about 5 inches long and insert it into the drain hole all the way until you have just enough to loop tightly around the heater one good time...problem solved, reassemble.

The melting process can be done a lot quicker with a piece of rubber tubing using the suck and blow method...either way will get it done though.



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I'm not sure if I like the looks of that frost pattern ...

nothing on top and too "frosty" on the bottom (Door Gasket leak) ?

 

 

 



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Excellent advice for clearing the ice and confirming a clear path to the drain pan below.  I assume the drain pan is at the bottom of the fridge at the rear?  I will perform some more surgery to see what I can see.  If there is a pea in the pipe, how do I get it out?

Also excellent advice for keeping the drain clear of ice using a wire.  I think I understand what you are getting at.  The heat from the heater will be conducted by the wire into the drain hole to keep the hole clear of ice.

The frost pattern might look like that because ice had coated the holes connecting the freezer and fridge, and the adjuster controlling the amount of cold air passing through might not have seated well.  Maybe?

Thanks again!


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Your fridge should have a small cup under the drain in the r/c section that would catch such items - if you do find a pea, be sure to place it under your matress before you go to sleep



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But then my wife, being a princess, would never sleep comfortably.

It turns out that water drains freely down into the tray at the bottom of the fridge with the ice melted away, so no pees in the pipe.  I rigged up a wire tied around the heater element and run into the drain hole, so hopefully it won't freeze up again.

Thanks again for everybody's help!

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Giznawz wrote: I rigged up a wire tied around the heater element and run into the drain hole, so hopefully it won't freeze up again.

Thanks again for everybody's help!

If or when the wire heater works itself loose, here is a clamp on Heat_Probe designed to clamp around the heater and warm the drain during defrost. (BTW, through away the tube part of the kit, it was designed for earlier models)

Last edited on Sun Feb 14th, 2010 06:33 pm by Chat_in_RI



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