Fix a Sub-Zero Drain Heater that is Stuck, and Why Apple Sucks.

The Sub-Zero Repair Service in Bergen County NJ.

This is how we fixed a Sub-Zero that we were told by Sub-Zero to throw out. We are a professional Sub-Zero Repair Service in the NJ tri-state who go the extra mile, visit our main Service site right here!

Last night my Iphone stopped charging, so I went to the apple store to meet with the Genius Bar at the Apple Store in Woodcliff Lakes, New Jersey. They took a look at my phone and told me I had lost a PIN in the charging port, my phone was toast, It wasn’t under warranty anymore and I should buy a new one. Now lets get this straight, my 14 month old Iphone 5, the pinnacle of technology in the free world lost a “pin” in the charging port and it should be thrown out. Well, I fixed it myself for $8.00, in five minutes, more on that here.

So it got me to thinking about the time in the year of 2006 when A Sub-Zero 550 top over bottom we were working on in New Jersey was condemned by Sub-Zero, a factory installed drain heater got stuck in the drain tube in the freezer and was causing constant ice to form in the freezer. Sub-Zero told the lady to buy a new fridge since it was no longer under warranty. In 2006 we accepted that answer and moved on, cautiously, not to snap a drain heater ever again. Until it happened again, and this is what we did. We cut that sucker open and since it is a rare repair, we don’t mind blogging about this Bergen County Sub-Zero Repair.

So we pulled the Sub-Zero out of the wall, which is not fun, but it had to be done.

 

Please read the Descriptions of the images for a loose guideline of what we did to fix this particular Sub-Zero.

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The Heater was stuck in this tube, We cut open the side of the Sub-Zero Freezer frame to get to it. We used an angle grinder.

 

Here is the drain tube being removed.

Here is the drain tube being removed. from the unit, note the drain heater stuck in the bottom of the tube. This was causing water to freeze in the tube and back up into the unit.

 

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Here is the drain tube with the stuck heater again.

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We crafted a new drain tube out of a 3/8 piece of copper, we opted not to reuse the old tube. and put this new tube in, lubed and ready to take a new heater. It fits right in the old ones place and has plastic insert to connect to.

 

Insert new tube in place.

Insert new tube in place.

We use Berkeley Steel leader to connect to the AUX drain heater and fish through to the bottom of the unit, we tie one end around the heater and pull it through.

We use Berkeley Steel leader to connect to the AUX drain heater and fish through to the bottom of the unit, we tie one end around the heater and pull it through from the bottom.

 

We re-insulated the drain with great stuff insulation, you can get it at home depot.

We re-insulated the drain with great stuff insulation, you can get it at home depot.

 

We sealed up the wall with duct tape after filling all gaps with new spray insulation.

We sealed up the wall with duct tape after filling all gaps with new spray insulation.

 

Now Install the heater as you would normally because this Sub-Zero is living on borrowed time! Don’t throw your Sub-Zero out if you don’t want to, we have been doing this for a long long time and care about these units. Give us a call first, we always have something up our sleeve to repair a Sub-Zero.

 

Thank you for reading, hopefully this helps someone fix the unfixable! For daily service from one of our qualified Technicians in New Jersey, Rockland and Westchester New York Please reach out to us!

1-800-200-2306

 

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