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I have a Maytag bottom mount freezer model # MBB1957VEW2 and the problem we're having is that ice is forming

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:41 AM
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I have a Maytag bottom mount freezer model # MBB1957VEW2 and the problem we're having is that ice is forming on the bottom of the freezer and eventually it melts a little and runs out onto the floor.

I'm wondering if this water should be running into a drip pan or something and not forming on the bottom of the freezer.

We've tried adjusting the temp in the freezer to no avail , what it seems is that on the back wall where there is a vent to the freezer , condensation builds up and eventually rolls down into the bottom of the freezer and freezes up , and once in a while for whatever reason it starts to melt and runs out onto the floor.

Anyone have any suggestions?? Could it be a blockage and this "water" is not making it to the drip pan?

Thanks for all suggestions forthcoming.
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You'll need to remove the rear panel inside the freezer to expose the evaporator compartment. Right in the center is the drain tube, which you will probably find to be frozen or clogged with debris.

Pouring hot water into the drain, (Most of us just use a turkey baster, or something similar to do this.), will melt any frozen water in the drain. You should be listening for water running freely into the drip pan.

If it's clogged, use a bendable wire, like a wire clothes hanger, to push the clog through. Put a small loop on the end of the wire, so that you don't tear or puncture the drain tube.
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Your on the right track. You have a stopped up drain and it needs cleaned out. Remove the back wall of the freezer, and using hot water and a tube, blow out the drain line until hot water will flow freely through it. Hope this helps.
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When you mean the back wall panel or rear panel , do you mean from inside the freezer or the back of the fridge?
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Inside the freezer.
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Okay, so I'm having the same problem that appears to be quite common! I'm ready to take this project on, but before I do, I'm wondering if it's possible to use compressed air or something to try and clear the drain tube from the bottom (and outside back) of the freezer instead of removing the inside back and clearing it from the top. What do you think?
If that's not possible/feasible, the one thing I'm concerned about is getting the drawer rails out - I know how to get the larger drawer out and the smaller basket, but the rails are going to need to come out as well to remove that inner back panel. I have a Whirlpool gold that came with the house in 2010.
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Okay, so I'm having the same problem that appears to be quite common! I'm ready to take this project on, but before I do, I'm wondering if it's possible to use compressed air or something to try and clear the drain tube from the bottom (and outside back) of the freezer instead of removing the inside back and clearing it from the top. What do you think?
If that's not possible/feasible, the one thing I'm concerned about is getting the drawer rails out - I know how to get the larger drawer out and the smaller basket, but the rails are going to need to come out as well to remove that inner back panel. I have a Whirlpool gold that came with the house in 2010.
What's your model number?
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Hello! The sticker inside says the model number is GI5FSAXVY02. Thanks!
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Hello! The sticker inside says the model number is GI5FSAXVY02. Thanks!
It really isn't a good idea to blow compressed air INTO the freezer compartment. There may actually be some foreign matter in the drain tube, which, if blown into a fan motor, could cause it to fail.

I know it isn't fun to think about having to remove the drawer glides; especially if you have never done anything like it before. But a close examination will usually reveal how the parts separate for removal.

There are three common causes for ice build-up on a freezer floor:
1. Icemaker overfill (This will be self-evident).
2. Defrost failure
3. Physical drain tube blockage (Not ice).
Removal of the evaporator cover at the back of the freezer inner wall is the most expedient way to determine the cause of your problem.
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How do you determine the cause out of the three possibilities?
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