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Woods Upright Freezer Frozen Drain Tube (again)


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#1 Strathy

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:37 AM

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I'm out on an upright Woods Freezer that has a drain tube the freezes up every couple of months or so.  Other companies have been out and not solved the problem, so NOW they call me.  lol.  This is the same unit as the Whirlpool Upright freezer and I have a Service Pointer for that one that is basically a wire that goes into the drain tube.  My question is: what does the wire attach to?  This is a glass heater unit, so I can't wrap it around the heater ... or do I?  Anyone solved this issue before - either on a Woods or a Whirlpool?

 

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:15 PM

I have done that numerous times without any issues. I doubt it's recommended but I don't know what else a guy can do.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Strathy,

 

You have to use a SUPCO #SH250 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-Drain-Heater-120vac-3-watts-SUPCO-Part-SH250-/400440459361?pt=BI_Commercial_Refrigerators_Freezers&hash=item5d3c1c8061) drain heater wired in series with the heater. You can't bend the glass heater down to clear the drain as you can with Calrod defrost heaters. Hope this saves you some headache, Strathy.

 

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:02 PM

Great info! Thanks guys.
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:56 PM

Sh250 drain heater is great. I keep a stock in my truck at all times.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:14 AM

That heater looks pretty good for this application.  How do you wire it in?  Do you actually cut the heater wires and splice it in in series or parallel?   


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:54 PM

series im pretty sure. I always forget and have to read the directions.  :rolleyes:


Edited by applianceman97, 23 April 2013 - 12:01 AM.


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

Lol. What is this word - directions? lol. Thanks.
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:42 PM

Haha. I think they are in spanish now so they are very hard to read. The picture are great though.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:42 PM

Ive used the gh250 on some older models.  It works good.  I beleve you wire it in parallel with the evap fan motor so that when the unit cycles into a run mode the heater comes on to keep the drain from freezing.  I also use the GE wr2x9393 heat probe. Its basicly a flexable piece of wire that you stick down the drain line and then wrap it around one of the evap coils next to the defrost heater.  U can then form the wire to run next to the defrost heater, glass or calrod. The wire will conduct heat from the def heater when it goes into def cycle.


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