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Offline glitr

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Heat Probe or Defrost Heater
« on: May 07, 2009, 03:36:36 PM »

The defrost drain in my freezer has clogged for the second time in less than a year. The water is leaking down the inside back of of the fridge quite excessively. Do I need to install a Heat Probe Kit or Defrost Heater for this model or are the the same thing?

Model Number: ET21PK icon

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Re: Heat Probe or Defrost Heater
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009, 05:34:28 PM »
Neither. This unit has a Calrod element in it, similar to a stove. Strip a 8" piece of #10 copper wire down to the bare copper and do a few wraps with the top end around the heater.  Drop the distal end about 2" into the drain hole. That should warm the area up as the heater does its thing every 8 hours.

And consider checking your thermostat settings. If you have it turned down colder than normal, expect the drain to freeze more frequently. Humidity and door openings also affect drain freezing.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2009, 08:02:56 PM by Repair-man »
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