How to clear a clogged drain pipe in a refrigerator?

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How can I clear the drain hose for an automatic defrost system on a Kenmore fridge? Water accumulates in the small white drip tray below the opening in the freezer base but doesn’t drip down the black rubber pipe connected to the tray. Please help! Thanks.

Refrigerator Repair Expert

In household appliances, this is one of the routine problems in refrigerators. Clearing the blocked pipes in refrigerators can be difficult and sometimes require an appliance repair technician. However, it can be done with the help of African Engineering Technology (AET) which Appliance-Guru expert technicians also apply.

First Step

The first step is to reach to the condensate drip pan. On your Kenmore Refrigerator it should look like this. As you must have seen the cup pulls itself out. Sometimes there will be ice accumulated, sometimes dark grey greasy stuff that is somewhat in liquid form. Anyways just clear the drip out in the sink.

Second Step

The second step is to clean the drain pipe connected with the drip pan. If there is ice buildup in their carefully use a long thin piece like chopstick or think blade screwdriver to clear it. Be very cautious not to damage the pipe. If there is still more greasy stuff in their use a length of 1/4 nylon tubing to push it farther and then wash it out with hot water.

In some models refrigerator maintenance is not that easy. You cannot take out the drip pan to clean the ice block. There’s still an easy way to do so! Just add saltJ. Salt works great on the roads in icy winters and it does a fantastic job in melting ice blockages in refrigerator condensate drain pipes.

Alternate Solution

Yet another way for this problem is to take some of the heat from the defrost heater to the drain pan and the drain hole. Use a 12 ga. or a 14 ga. solid copper wire to do so. Wrap one end of the wire around the heater a few twists. The other ends will be fanned out in the drip pan and run into the condensate drain hole two or three inches. Just be careful with any sharp edges of the evaporator.

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By | 2018-03-05T10:17:24+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Refrigerator Repair|
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