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Master Geek


#270492 12-May-2020 11:29
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Attached is a photo of a small water leak at the bottom of the freezer causing ice build up - its a frost free freezer in its 10th year.  Can anyone advise if this is an easy fix, or what to look at.  Obviously due to age, not wanting to spend money on the service process.

 

 

 


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Uber Geek


  #2481833 12-May-2020 11:59
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Check that the condensate drain pipe is clear,  that water is possibly off the condenser coil leaking internally because it can't get out..




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Master Geek


  #2481888 12-May-2020 13:23
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wellygary:

 

Check that the condensate drain pipe is clear,  that water is possibly off the condenser coil leaking internally because it can't get out..

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your assistance.  These are directly under the evaporator or drip tray which the manual (F&P E240B) says they recommend not remove.  Done a bit of poke as best as possible and I do notice some water in the tray so this is likely the issue but full access to the drains is difficult.


 
 
 
 


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  #2481927 12-May-2020 14:17
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The most common cause of blockage is either scum growth or ice.

You could try accessing the back of the fridge and sliding something up the drain from the bottom. It might also be tricky to access though.

Alternately you could try washing it through with a squirt of warm water.




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Master Geek


  #2481931 12-May-2020 14:24
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Taking the tray out may disconnect it from the tube going down to the external evaporator tray. Then you'll need to pull the fridge out to reconnect it. When the puddling happened in my freezer I was able to poke a piece of flexible wire down the pipe and clear it.




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Master Geek


  #2483548 14-May-2020 10:45
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Thanks.  No real luck with inserting a wire from the back into the drains.  But I did see a screw at the bottom of the freezer which opens up, so did than and discovered the pic below.  A massive block of ice towards the back that is rising above and dribbling down onto the bottom of the freezer.  Really don't know about how gadgets work so thanks for your help. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2483562 14-May-2020 11:00
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It is hard to tell exactly what is happening in the pic.

But from what you've said, I'd say the ice is the issue, the drain is probably clear the drain might be blocked and causing the ice buildup.

The easiest/best solution is to turn it off and let it defrost. Obviously you're going to need a way of keeping food cold while it happens.

If you need it to happen fast, you could try melting the ice with hot tap water, but you need to be careful. If the water drains normally, it will quickly flood the drip tray and depending how things are designed you might end up with wet electrics.




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Master Geek


  #2483624 14-May-2020 11:48
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andrewNZ: It is hard to tell exactly what is happening in the pic.

But from what you've said, I'd say the ice is the issue, the drain is probably clear the drain might be blocked and causing the ice buildup.

The easiest/best solution is to turn it off and let it defrost. Obviously you're going to need a way of keeping food cold while it happens.

If you need it to happen fast, you could try melting the ice with hot tap water, but you need to be careful. If the water drains normally, it will quickly flood the drip tray and depending how things are designed you might end up with wet electrics.

 

 

 

This is probably a better pic where  you can see how the ice is puddling on the floor of the freezer. Happy to defrost somehow but don't want an issue with electrics.

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2483626 14-May-2020 11:52
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It can be as simple as crumbs from food blocking the drain and it freezes up around the blockage. Let it defrost completely, removing any bits of ice you can easily, and drying with a towel every so often.

 

EDIT: It will take hours, if not all day, so you need a plan to store the freezer contents when you do this.




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Master Geek


  #2483657 14-May-2020 12:26
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Ok, so I removed the ice, and I can see a small hole, but issue is I cannot feel or see anything blocking it.  When I try and poke a peice of flexible wire (used the stuff is used for weed eaters), it doesnt go anywhere.  It does normally have a cap which came off when I removed the ice.  Attached is an updated pic.

 

 

 




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Master Geek


  #2483668 14-May-2020 12:43
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A few minutes after my last post, i tried the wire from the back of the unit, and it went through and it came out the other end in the freezer.  Looks like a bit of hair.

 

If it interests anyone, to defrost quickly, I used a hair dryer and blew over the ice build up for a minute or two, then the ice block comes off with help from a butter knife..

 

Thanks to everyone here.


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