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Freezer on bottom- floor filling with water & freezing/leaking out

Freezer on bottom- floor filling with water & freezing/leaking out freezer is on the bottom and the freezer floor fills with water and freezes. Occasionally it is leaking out ruining my cabinets on each side. The ice maker still makes ice and I don't see the tube leaking?

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mcgyver89 [Entry]

If the freezer leaks water inside it's possible that the defrost drain froze. If the defrost drain freezes the defrost water will overflow the drain and drip down to the bottom of the freezer.
mcgyver89 [Entry]

"Joe Fontana -

2 ways to clear frozen drain without removing any parts:

#1 You can simply unplug the refrigerator for 2 days with the doors open.

#2 You can also fill a turkey baster , squeeze bottle etc, with hot water and squeeze the hot water in the drain. Unplug the refrigerator. The drain is located at the bottom of the access panel on the back wall of freezer. You'll notice vents at the bottom of the panel. Shine a flashlight through the vents and you'll see the ice covering the drain pan. That's where the hot water goes. Once melted, squirt hot water into the drain hole until it's clear.

Never use a blow dryer! The heat will melt the liner and other components.

Be sure the refrigerator is ""properly"" leveled. It should be -3 degrees to the back and 0 side to side. This slight lean to the back ensures the doors close properly and that it drains to the back. Hope this helps."
mcgyver89 [Entry]

"There are several reasons for the drain to freeze up and several repairs.

Over time, slime will build up in the drain hose and create a nasty clog. Removing the ice and clog without replacing the drain hose doesn't always work.

Defrost heater too far from drain opening. Sometimes the heater warps just enough during normal use that the drain won't get enough heat to keep it thawed. Adding a heat sink clip to the defrost heater with the other end in the drain will solve this issue as well as extending the defrost time.

Choo3 suggested the repair kit. Excellent choice!

For freezers on the bottom models that are leaking water, icing/frosting up etc., more information is needed to solve the problem."
mcgyver89 [Entry]

"For my Kenmore bottom freezer what worked was marlenemccandless instructions that she posted on 05/02/2018, as well as LadyTech's advice to clean out the coils.

The freezer would get a thick 1-2 cm layer of ice at the bottom every few days, which would leak out on the kitchen flooring.

Defrosted it for 48 hours, no results.

As per marlenemccandless advice, removed back bottom panel from behind fridge, found the plastic drain slide (it's kind left of center, 15 cm or so from the rear edge of the fridge). Moved the top of the slide in order to find rubber nipple, removed it, found tons of dust and bits of paper, cleaned it out, vacuumed coils, bottom and everything else I could clean (lots of dust and grimy deposits).

24 hours later, not one speck of ice, whereas before I would have already had a thin sheet that would have begun forming.

Hope this helps fellow Kenmore bottom-freezer fridge owners."
mcgyver89 [Entry]

"I have a 15yr old son, 14 year old triplets, and for the last year an additional 15yr old boy. Plus my wife and myself. I have a stand up freezer, a 30yr old fridge in the garage and a big Ammana inside the house, all full.

Tricks I have learned:

I was taught by a repair guy/ friend who taught me about cleaning the coils. I use a long bottle nose brush like the one to clean lint out of the dryer. Do it often 1 X a year at least

Also, for outside units. I put a piece of plywood on top of the fridge with four 2x4 cuttings to keep the top of the fridge/freezer clear to diffuse heat and help keep airflow exits open to help it run smooth. Keep things from being against the sides to block air flow.

Finally, Try to not fill the fridge or freezer inside with too much food. If it is too full, it hurts air circulation. Learn where the drains are and vents are. BE the drain!

Become good friends with your repair guy. Giving him a soda and being nice, might get you a new tip."