As with any major appliance or device, performing regular maintenance on your refrigerator/freezer can prevent problems. One problem that can occur is the buildup of ice inside the freezer drain. This can cause the freezer to leak, preventing water inside the unit from draining. Unclogging the drain prevents water from building up inside the unit and leaking out onto the floor.
Unplug the refrigerator/freezer unit.
Remove any food or objects, like a sliding drawer, that are blocking your access to the drain hole. If you're not sure exactly where the drain hole is located on your freezer, consult your owner's manual.
Clear the ice from the drain hole with a screwdriver or a piece of stiff wire.
Fill a basting syringe with warm water. Place the end of the syringe into the drain hole and squeeze the bulb on the syringe to force the water into the drain hole. This removes any remaining ice from the drain.
Wash the drain pan with soapy water and a sponge. Thoroughly rinse it off.
Replace the food and any drawers that you removed. Plug the refrigerator/freezer unit back into the outlet.
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