A frozen drip pan line on your refrigerator often leads to water puddles forming in front of your appliance and standing water beneath it. The automatic defrost system in your refrigerator melts frost buildup, creating water. The drain in the bottom of your freezer directs the water through the drip pan line and down to the drip pan for evaporation. A blockage in the drain can cause the drip pan line to freeze, and the melted frost has nowhere to go but outside the refrigerator. Unthawing the drip pan line keeps your refrigerator from leaking onto the floor.
Unplug your refrigerator from the wall outlet. Open the freezer door and empty the contents of your freezer. Place the contents in an insulated cooler. Do not remove items from the refrigerator. Leaving the door shut will ensure your refrigerated items stay cool.
Remove the bottom two or three shelves from the freezer. Look along the back wall panel for the screws holding the wall in place. Remove the screws and the wall to expose the drain in the bottom of the freezer. This drain connects with the drip pan line.
Fill a pan with hot water from your kitchen faucet. Use a turkey baster to force the water into the drain and through the drip pan line. Wipe any excess water from the floor of the freezer with paper towels. Continue force the water through the drain until the water no longer pools in the bottom of the freezer, and you hear the water drain into the pan below the refrigerator.
Flush the drain line with a mixture of 2 cups of hot water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Force this mixture through the drain line with the baster.
Attach the wall to the back of the freezer. Replace the shelves and the frozen items you stored in the cooler. Plug the refrigerator’s power cord back into the wall outlet.
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