Whirlpool Model ET1CHMXKQ03 Refrigerator drip pan under the fridge seems too small. When the fridge self-defrosts, water fills the pan and then pours onto the kitchen floor. Could it be a bad evaporator? Help.
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Re: Overflowing drip pan under the fridge
problem could be door seals not sealing completely and hence excessive ice formed on evaporator and excess water when it melts. however, i have found this problem many times with large larder fridges and really found no cure.
towards the bottom of the back wall, there is a gulley with a drain hole in the middle. this drain is blocked. clear it with something flexible and make sure water flows away freely
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I've used used a compressor for that drain hole at the back of the fridge. A hanger wire will work too. I've never tried it but maybe a can of compressed air might work also. The water drain line is plugged and that little catch tray is overflowing. That's why you're ending up with water under your bins inside the fridge. The problem is not in the freezer or else you'd have a skating rink on the floor of the freezer. I don't recognize the photos exactly but they're all the same principle. Take everything out of the fridge , including the racks. It's far easier than o find the screws and disassemble the drain "catchall". Good luck.
Check to see looks like the container is already full. You have to remove the tray full of water and then insert it again. It will happen again and again ( overflowing water) so you need to periodically check the container pan if water is full. Also by checking periodically that pan, you will minimize rust build up. You will need to wipe around it with soft cloth or rags so the body of your refrigerator will not decaying due to rust built up. This will destroy the metal parts of the fridge. Good luck.
The tech is full of beans. The heat from a normally charged refrigerator is more than enough to evaporate water in drip pan. The indication of improper charge is that obvious. Fridge warm freezer ok would be a coil blocked with ice, however drip pan overflowing is a charge problem, Ask for a field supervisor.
check and see if the door to the ice chute is closing all the way, moisture can get in there and cause excessive frost build up also check the location of your defrost thermostat behind the back panel in the freezer, it should be attached to the top of the evap coil. also check your water system and be sure that there are no leaks under the refer dripping into the pan while the unit is cycling for ice fill or dispenser line.
I had this problem and it turns out that the filter cartridge had a leak and a constant drip into the drip pan. The drip pan is designed to capture the runoff from the self defrost but not a constant drip. The first thing you should do is remove your water filter cartridge - this will stop the drip until you can get a new cartridge. If that doesn't work just turn the water supply to the fridge off. You won't have ice but you won't have a leaky fridge either.
The accumulated ice you saw is of course the source of the water. The refrigerator will eventually rid itself of the excess ice and the problem will therefore disappear on it's own after a while. The drip pan is normally filled with only a small amount of water, and that is dried up by the condenser cooling fan under the fridge. The pan is removable from most units, but not without making a mess. I suppose you can make and clean up the mess one time and be done with it.