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It sounds to me like the defrost heaters are not turning off. I can not tell you if yours uses a thermal switch or a timer to cycle them, my guess is for a mechanical switch not working anymore, and stuck in the on position. I am going for the idea that the repair guy thought nothing about the hot sides/top, because it is normal for it to happen, and he ...


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I would strongly suggest an "in the pipe" electric heating solution. Not to run all the time, but to be there if you need it, since this can be imperfect, to say the least, and it's a lot easier to plan ahead (and just be able to flip a switch until the water runs again) than to fix it when it's already frozen. I would not recommend this "instead" of the ...


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The system in our new house is setup so that in the winter the condensate from the heater drains through the washing machine drain.


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I just had this very issue happen to me. It's been a cold few weeks and the drain going to the outside of the house must have started backing up slowly. The drain pan ended up freezing with a top layer of ice and then water spilled into the ceiling. Anyway, the answer to your heat cable issue for the drain pipe is the "easy heat freeze cable". You will ...


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Hot water doesn't work. It doesn't melt as much ice as the ice can cool the water. Then there's cold water atop the ice preventing the hot from getting through. Only works if there is movement in the line. But then again any temperature of moving water will clear ice. Use the cleanout to determine where the blockage is. Apply heat.


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Turn off all faucets, and devices in the home that might use water. This includes, but is not limited to ice makers, dishwashers, clothes washers, faucets, running toilets, etc. Use a little piece of tape, one of those "sign here" stickers, or something similar to mark the water meter reading (or if it's digital, just write down the reading). Don't use ...


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Looking for water signs or using your ears to discover leaks are highly unreliable methods. I would suggest that you hire a contractor to test it. Maybe it costs more money but when it comes to leaking pipes you really shouldn't spare money, and really it’s not that expensive. What he does: he empties the pipes and then fills them with pressured air and put ...


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Water, or the sound of water. Leave the outside valve open, shut the inside valve. Wait for warmer weather. Once it warms up, open the inside valve. If water flows, shut the outside valve. Then shut the inside valve. Listen for the sound of flowing water when you open the inside valve again (assuming you don't hear or see it flowing in a more obvious manner ...



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