At the end of the work day, I walked from my office into the kitchen, intending to take care of this problem once and for all. I had a similar problem in an apartment fridge years ago. It had been an easy fix. First, a little background on the problem.
Frost free refrigerators occasionally defrost the freezer compartment. When this happens the frost that is built up melts and runs out of the freezer. Depending on your model and type, it may run through the refrigerator compartment into a tray that drains to a pan on or near the compressor. Or it may simply exit via a tube that may or may not be visible on the back of the fridge into a pan on or near the compressor. The water that collects there then simply evaporates.
In my old apartment fridge, there was ledge like tray molded into the back of the unit in the refrigerator compartment. It had a hole in it that lead to a tube down to the tray. It had become cogged with some kind of gray slime mold. No problem, I reamed out the tube with a mangled bit of wire clothes hanger and then ran bleach down the tube. Problem solved.
On this Kenmore, things are not so simple. There is no tray nor is there a visible tube on the back of the unit. So I went online. Sears was a bust; those bastards do post neither the service manual nor the user manual online. Used my Google-Fu I came across some posts about the same issue. As it turns out, this tray is actually in the freezer on this model. Lovely. It should be noted that I have already taken everything out of the refrigerator portion and cleaned it. Well, in for a penny, in for a pound.
I empty the freezer and remove the sliding plastic tray at its bottom. The tray rides on a big roller tray. The roller tray is screwed into the bottom of the freezer. I take it out and remove it. There is an inch to and inch and a half of ice under there. Thinking I had this problem dicked, I removed the ice, it came out in two nice big sheets. One problem. No hole. Exploring further I notice a metal tray, encrusted with ice, in the back of the freezer, under the back panel. To get at it, I had to remove the ice maker, remove the light fixture, unscrew the back panel, and unsnap some ducting.
And there it was. The tray had layered ice on it, two inches thick and all under it. I carefully removed the ice until everything was clear. Except the hole was frozen shut. Fixing that required me to pour a little hot water on the plate and then suck it up with a turkey baster. Very porno. It took almost 45 minutes to get it clear, and another half an hour to reassemble the freezer. The whole time, my freezer goods are in a cooler, slowly getting warmer.
On the up side, the fridge and freezer are now shiny clean. I need to clean out that fridge more often. I found a jar of Milwaukee pickles that I couldn’t find a date on. Closer inspection later revealed a faint imprint of a “sell by” date. Feb 2nd, 2000. Lovely. Millennial pickles. This whole ordeal took on the order of four hours and made me look slightly retarded. Go Monday!
THE IDIOT JACKASSES that I ordered my motorcycle parts from have finally gotten them into my hands. A master cylinder kit rebuild kit, two front caliper rebuild kits, and four carb rebuild kits. It only took them on the order of six weeks and the energy to lie to me at least twice. If you are gonna shop for older bike parts, I recommend you avoid OldBikeBarn.com. Semi-bad web site, terrible customer service, broken promises and lies. I got what I ordered from them, but never will I order from them again. Caveat Emptor.
WORK IS CURRENTLY laying the wood to me in a big way. Long hours and not a lot of time to do anything else (except fuck with my fridge, apparently) It’s a short term problem and I’m not worried about it, but since having all of July off it is a bit of a rude awakening. I know, poor baby.
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