Top 11 Most Common Appliance Problems!
(Refrigerator) -Clogged Defrost Drain-
"Water is leaking into my refrigerator."
"The floor of my freezer is a sheet of ice."
"There's a bunch of water under my crisper bins."
A sheet of ice on the floor of the freezer is generally caused by a plugged up defrost drain. If you have a top freezer model you may even notice water dripping into the refrigerator compartment from time to time.
When the freezer performs a defrost cycle the melted water should be carried down to the drip pan under the refrigerator via the defrost drain. This drain can become clogged up with all kinds of stuff from food to plastic bags. In some cases the defrost heater is not close enough or hot enough to thaw the drain allowing water to pass through it. By removing the back panel of the freezer compartment you can examine and thaw the drain manually with some hot water a turkey baster and a whole lot of patients. (Unplug the refrigerator first! This will keep you from fighting additional cooling effects from the evaporator coil and protect you from an undesirable electrical jolt.) If the problem comes back and you don't find any obstruction try installing a drain heater.
This little piece of appliance trickery is not an official fix so try it at your own risk! Get a short strip of 12 gage copper wire and shape it like a candy cane, then loosely hang it on the heater. This will carry a little extra defrosting thermal love down to the drain and keep it nice and warm.
1. Don't crimp it around the heater or you may cause damage.
2. It should not extend more than an 1/8" into the drain or it may melt the plastic or rubber of the drain tube.
3. It needs to have a long enough hook that there is no danger of it slipping off the heater.
Appliance Fix: Unplug the refrigerator, open the doors and allow it to thaw out, remove obstruction, or add a drain heater.
Average Repair Labor: 125.00
Appliance Repair Time: 30-40 Minutes