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Whirlpool ED5VHGXML15 dripping onto hot spot in freezer

I have a side-by-side Whirlpool ED5VHGXML15 fridge/freezer. I started hearing a strange noise and after investigating I found water dripping onto a metal plate at the back-bottom of the freezer. The metal plate was hot so the water sizzled when it touched it. There doesn't appear to be a leak external to the fridge and the temperature inside the fridge and freezer are fine, but this seems a bit odd and potentially dangerous. Why is this happening and what can I do?

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  • lbenge Nov 20, 2008

    kenmore top freezer 5 years old hot around outside of freezer started in one spot by the handle now its hot or warm to touch all the way around water dripping inside fridge probably going to buy a new one there goes christmas presents for wife and grand kids.i think this fridge should have lasted much longer since it cost about 900 dollers.

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this is the defrost cycle and is nothing ot worry about. the unit has a heater that comes on about every 8-12 hours to melt accumulated frost from the evap coils. this heater is alot like the coils on yous stove. it should stop heating within 30 mins and resume cooling shortly afte that. thx peyton

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SOURCE: sound of water dripping on something hot

don't worry about it. there is a defrost heater to melt ice off the evaporator when in defrost mode. happens about every eight hours. the sizzling noise is water dripping on the heater

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