Question about Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with In-Door-Ice Dispensing System

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How do you remove the drip pan from a whirlpool gold sid by side? power outage due to hurricane left us without electricity for over a week. we have cleared out the fridge, but the smell remains. it seems that the only thing left to clean is the drip pan but we can not get to it.

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  • swtato Sep 28, 2008

    THat is not the issue, I have the same problem.  I too lost power due to Hurricane Ike.  It appears some of the items that defrost and melt run through to the overflow pan below the fridge.  I could not figure why the disgusting oder was so strong in the kitchen after cleaning the fridge.  I got down and noticed the smell was strong when the fan would blow and then noticed a slimey brown liquid in the bottom of the plastic overflow pan.  I removed the cardboard cover off the back of the fridge and there was no way to remove it due to bracing and copper tubing.  If you look at the front you might be able to remove the water filtration to slide it out from the front, but that is the only way I can see?  I hope someone has an easier solution.  
    I have been using a 50/50 bleach water solution to kill and disinfect the pan.  it is working and takes about 2 days to evaporate the water in the pan, but I would really like to remove the pan and clean it so I do not have the bleach smell in the house.

    Any advice?



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I had a problem similar to this as well, ungodly stench coming from under the fridge. I figured "must be the drip pan, easy to fix" totally wrong. I spend the better part of about 10 minutes trying to decide weather or not applying force to remove the from grill would break the damn thing or if it would actually come loose. After tugging like a maniac it did finally come loose. then i looked at the drip pan. It was taped down to the metal under cage. Cut the tape and Viola, came right now....NOT... I spend almost a full hour toying with this pan and the water filter and everything else and here is what i found.

To remove the pan you first need to unbolt the water filter holder and move the metal wire connecting it to the frame off to the side. (be very careful you do not pull the hoses out of the filter or apply too much pressure pulling and pull the hoses loose elsewhere) you then must unbolt the wheel that is in that same area as drip pan and water filter. Remove the wheel completely, (i stuck some magazines under the corner where the wheel was to come out of and it rested right on them.) now push the metal bracket holding the pan in place down until it no longer creates an obstacle and then bend the pan slightly as you pull it out. Don't bend the pan too much or it may crack but it actually slides out when pulled if "creased" in the center. It is a real ***** and there may be an easier way to handle this but this is my solution and the nasty pan in now nice and clean.

As far as spraying bleach in there goes i advise against it, the first thing i noticed when i got the pan out was that is said in big letters "CLEAN WITH WARM WATER ONLY." I though this may be more appropriate as a sticker in a place you can read it rather than on the pan you may not be able to get out :)

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The drip pan is not meant to come out.... its L shaped.... use a turkey baster and a chamy to load with bleach and water or vinegar and water and drain out repeatedly using the chamy to collect water. I got lots of mildewed lint out.... and i didnt break my back trying to get the pan out. dont forget to pour the water down the drain line in the back of the freezer and refrigerator.. to get the lines cleansed.

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Hi amfreerksen,You asked,How do you remove the drip pan from a whirlpool gold side by side?

Most refrigerators today are frost free and therefore have no drip pan to dump!

The condensation is blown over the hot compressor and it is evaporated!
This is how frost free works.

Did you get flooded and the flood water got into the mechanical area below and now it's siting there and stinks? In a day or so it will evaporate away like the condensation.
I think that people in a flood do use 2/3 water and 1/3 bleach in a spray bottle to disinfect, right?

The fridge should be on roll able wheels where you can roll it out and disinfect the floor under it!

In the back on the bottom is black card board screwed in to the back to access the compressor!

If the fridge is back to the correct temperature now it can keep your food cold when you turn of the fridge for 2 hours.
SO then if you want you can lightly spray this solution on the bottom of any pan or what ever you find that has the smelly water in the bottom of the compartment!
If you do not open it!
it will still be cold for 2 hours!


I do not know how old the fridge is???
But I saw an interesting report.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help!
Let Me Know how you succeed!

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Thank You, HUUUM

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When to pull the plug on your old refrigerator

It nearly always makes sense to undertake simple do-it-yourself repairs,
such as replacing a gasket on a refrigerator or a freezer.

Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your refrigerator,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

Follow these guidelines:

When a repair makes sense.

If your refrigerator is under warranty or less than four years old (three years for top-freezers),
paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that refrigerators under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.

If your refrigerator is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models are quieter and have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
more efficient than those built before 1993.

When it pays to replace.

The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new refrigerator.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive top-freezer refrigerator
six or more years old or a bottom-freezer or side-by-side eight or more years old.

Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
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