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Re: Clogged or frozen condensate drain.
The rear panel inside of the freezer should have screws in the corners. Remove these screws. You can remove the back panel and the evaporator coil and drain should be accessable now. Do not force the panel out. You should be able to remove it fairly easy if it isn`t iced up badly.. If you have any other quistions, please ask. I will help you as much as I can.
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Matt, you have a frozen condensate drain tube. Now, the easiest way to solve this is to thaw the drain line. Remove everything from the freezer, drawers too. Now you can either leave the unit unplugged over night or hurry up the drain thaw by using a hair dryer ( heat gun is too hot ) and aiming it at the center of the back panel in the freezer, center, bottom just at the bottom of the metal back panel. This is going to take some time, 2+ hours until it is totally thawed. To check, using a baster, squeeze some hot water into the drain trough under and behind the pack panel, it should drain out, if not, add more heat and time. Once this drain tube is completely thawed and flowing, order and install the following drain tube kit. Drain Pipe W10619951
This will solve this common problem on Whirlpool/Maytag bottom freezer refrigerators.
freezer drain is clogged or frozen up with ice blockage. Need to remove
the freezer floor liner, usually 2-4 1/4" screws holding it in - slide
it out. Next slowly pour hot water over ice build up and melt all ice.
The drain is under the evaporator coils (small hole near center) this
connects to a pan under the refrigerator that then evaporates on its
own. I usually place a couple of bowls inside fresh food area on top
shelf to catch excess water dripping through ceiling of fresh foods.
you will need to attach a heat probe from the heater under the freezer
coils and feed it into the drain in order to prevent freezing up again.
Use part #819043 heat probe or strip some #14 gauge copper wire and wrap
around heater once and place down through drain. Recommend the heat
probe 819043 to get it right the first time.
Your freezer drain is clogged or frozen up with ice blockage. Need to remove the freezer floor liner, usually 2-4 1/4" screws holding it in - slide it out. Next slowly pour hot water over ice build up and melt all ice. The drain is under the evaporator coils (small hole near center) this connects to a pan under the refrigerator that then evaporates on its own. I usually place a couple of bowls inside fresh food area on top shelf to catch excess water dripping through ceiling of fresh foods.
Next you will need to attach a heat probe from the heater under the freezer coils and feed it into the drain in order to prevent freezing up again. Use part #819043 heat probe or strip some #14 gauge copper wire and wrap around heater once and place down through drain. Recommend the heat probe 819043 to get it right the first time.
Your freezer defrost coils are probably frozen. Or the drain tube is plugged. Remove the rear panel from the freezer and defrost the defrost coils if necessary. Make sure that the drain tube underneath the coils is not plugged with ice or other foreign matter. You may have to thaw out the tube. If you don't make sure that the tube is clear, excess condensate will continue to drain into the fridge. Good luck!
Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload
relay. Check to see if the
condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no
Are the condenser coils near there warm or room temp. should
How to check stuff> http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php
Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running.
Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the
back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL)
or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR
GO TO THE FREEZER PORTION OF THE FRIG.YOU NEED TO TAKE THE ICEMAKER OUT AND REMOVE THE BACK PANEL WHERE THE EVAPORATER FAN IS .RIGHT UNDER THE COIL YOU WILL SEE A DRAIN ,WHEN YOUR FREEZER GOES ON DEFROST THE WATER GOES DOWN THE DRAIN AND INTO A PAN THAT SITS ON TOP OF THE COMPRESSOR.THE HEAT FROM THE COMPRESSOR EVAPORATES THE WATER.THE DRAIN IN THE FREEZER IS PROBABLY CLOGGED OR FROZEN OVER WITH ICE AND THATS WHY THE WATER IS GOING ELSEWARE.REMOVE ALL THE ICE FROM AROUND THE DRAIN.IF THERES A ROD THAT GOES DOWN THE DRAIN FROM THE DEFROST ELEMENT THATS SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE DRAIN FROM ICING UP ,IN ANY CASE THE DRAIN IS CLOGGED OR ICED UP.UNCLOG THE GRAIN AND YOU WILL BE GOOD TO GO.
If the freezer is on top then empty out the freezer and remove the bottom and back liner of the freezer compartment usually phillips screws. In the back you will see the freezer coils along with a defrost element. Below these two items u will see a drip tray that collects water from the coils on defrost cycle, in the center of the pan will be a drain hole that connects to a hose that leads to a pan under the refrigerator.Normally the water is collected there and evaporated. The hole in the tray in the freezer is clogged. Thaw it and clean it until you can pour water in it and it goes to the pan down below. please rate me the thumping noise is normal
Yes you have to remove a white aluminum panel at rear of frezzer near bottom behind here is the condensing coil at bottom is a metal tray the hole in bottom lines up with hole in plastic which is where you water drains. If there is ice and this is getting clogged replaced your thermostat defroster coil that wraps under condensing coil
A bad freezer door seal causes condensation that freezes at the bottom of the unit. I realize you said the drip pan was full of ice, but if the drain is clogged, that will happen. If that unit has the pan at the very bottom, condensation can also contribute to this.
Remove the back liner and wall (more details on this below if you need them) to expose the iced up drain line (only 1) on the right side center inside the aluminum drain pan (Directly behind the bottom right side vent that goes into the freezer compartment). Thaw it out so that it will allow water to drain off (slow way -turn off unit for hours, not quite so slow - spoon in hot water - use towels to keep as much of the water from running into the lower freezer)
When the drain is clear and water is draining freely, take light qauge copper wire (t-stat or low volt) and feed it down the drain approx 3 - 4 feet and then wrap the end of it tightly around the heavy defrost bar located just above the the drain hole (this bar resembles an oven element or dishwasher heater element and circles the entire freezer coil). Put several tight wraps on it. This will transfer some of the heat from the defrost cycle down into the drain line and hopefully solve your problem.
If the coils are totally iced up you may have a defrost cycle problem and if so this solution won't work)
reinstall all liners and wiring and you're done
removing the back wall (if you are unsure)
take of plate located at upper left side of the back wall (2 short screws) to expose the wire harness- separate the main connectors)
remove the 6 fasteners attaching the back metal liner wall (4 long & 2 short - the short ones go to outside lower holes) . and remove
the bottom plastic liner tray (just lifts out) and the short plastic base wall at the back bottom of the compartment ( it may be iced in and hard to remove- be careful)
remove the stryofoam insulating liner. Again it may be iced in and frozen to the unit so be careful and if necessary use warm water to thaw it out.
This will expose the inner liner wall and the lower drain pan and line. If you see that the bottom of the coils are iced up you may want to remove the inner liner and defrost the coils but this it not usually the case and you can leave it in place.
Again, if the coils are totally iced up you may have a defrost cycle problem and if so this solution won't work)