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Clearing condensate drain in Whirlpool-built Maytag french door fridge mfi2670xem0

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I watched the Samurai's awesome video with the steamer and I have also ordered that exact same steamer.

 

My question is, after melting away all the ice and clearing the drain, how do you insure that this clog will not happen again?

 

On some defrost heaters you can do the copper wire trick where you zig-zag some thick wire along the water tray and down the drain a little. However, on this model the design is prohibitive of this trick.

 

Thank you in advance!

 

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You may not be able to zig zag wire throughout the tray but you can still drop a wire down the tube after you put a little water and baking soda in it.. This is normally all I do anyhow unless I have a serious repeat frozen tray problem.  Now remember, the Samurai has all kinds of special powers and magical resistance us mortals don't have.  That's why he doesn't catch gookitis from sucking the disgusting gookus crud found in condensate  drains. He even has a special tube he keeps in his toolbag just for sucking gookus!.   :puke:

 

I power steam it open with a hose attachment on my steamer that fits down the tube.  I can't catch gookitis, typhus or the monkeypox that way.   BTW with this model, make sure to check  rubber gasket connected to the drain tube under the fridge. They always cause problems.  They make a replacement but I have recently done Master Kdog's v-cut modification with great success.

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That's why he doesn't catch gookitis from sucking the disgusting gookus crud found in condensate  drains.

 

HA! I was wondering about that!

BTW with this model, make sure to check  rubber gasket connected to the drain tube under the fridge. They always cause problems.  They make a replacement but I have recently done Master Kdog's v-cut modification with great success.

 

Can you link this thread to Kdog's v-cut modification?

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Thank you for this very well done article link!

 

So, trimming off just a little doesn't cause too much warm air to be drawn up into the freezer?

 

Where exactly on this grommet would Kdog's v-cut go if I wanted to do that instead?

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I worried about warm air migration when I first started cutting these so I went back to the first several that I did to check.  There is no sign anywhere of increased moisture buildup ... the evap stays clear and the frost pattern completely normal.  Cutting them this way does not cause an issue.

 

I don't know that 'Kdog's v-cut' is ...  There are 2 types of rubber grommets - the one I showed in the post is the short one: those I cut the end off as I showed.  The other one is a longer one and tends to get sticky causing the flaps to stick together.  Those ones I notch out in the middle so that the middle part of the flaps are basically gone.

 

The basic idea is to prevent junk from blocking them or to prevent them from sticking together and keep the water flowing - a simple solution to a dumb problem. 

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Moved kdog's reply to Sunlight's question which was posted in the wrong topic...

 

The area marked with the arrow - if you install the newly designed duck bill, cutting the v should not be necessary as it is redesigned.

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Ran into two Lg's the other day with the same problem. One had a flap on the end of the grommet and it was wedged shut against the bottom of the drain pan. I shortened the tube a bit bit but left the flap intact . The other had a cylindrical grommet with a slit on the bottom side. Sort of like a slit cut into a barrel. Could not make a Kdog cut so I did a Strathy cut.

Btw if the new duck bill design is the longer one as depicted in the thumbnail, I have found the same problem. I put a Kdog cut in it as well

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