I have frozen water at the bottom of the freezer. It looks like over flow from the icemaker. Do I need a new icemaker or new inlet valve?
Answer Hello Reza,
This is most likely a clogged defrost drain. You should be able to determine this by removing items in the bottom of the freezer and looking through the vent slots in the bottom of the rear cover. If there is ice inside the slots, the defrost drain is the issue. This is easily cleared with a hair dryer and a piece of weed eater line. First, remove the six screws securing the rear wall panel in position. If the bottom of it is frozen in the ice, melt it out with the hair dryer to prevent damage to the panel. Remove the panel as soon as you can without damaging this part. Now using a putty knife, remove as much excess ice as possible. When this is done, use the hair dryer directing the hot air into the drain. You can speed this up drastically by using a screwdriver. You stand the screwdriver up on the ice over the drain opening and use the hair dryer to heat the screwdriver shaft. This may not seem to be faster, but it directs the heat to the clogged area enough to clear the drain much faster than trying to blow the hot air in the opening. Once the water from the melted ice disappears down the drain, use the weed eater line to "chase" the drain line. When it hits a turn in the drain, you will have to twist the weed eater line to allow it to make the turn. Once you are satisfied that the line has gone all the way through the drain tube, (I look under the unit for the end of the weed eater line to appear), put about 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into the drain to kill any bacteria that may be causing an algae formation that will clog the drain and re-assemble the unit.