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Water leaking underneath fridge what can we do to stop it permanently
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Most likely you're correct, the defrost cycle produces water that is supposed to be captured in a holding tray, pan, etc. If the pan is cracked it would leak out or if the drip tube (pipe) is not in place it would miss the pan. It may be easier to remove the contents of the small frige and tip it over some to see what you can down there. I assume this small unit doesn't have any water souce to it (no ice maker or water). Check the tubing for damage and see if you can find the holding pan to inspect for crackes, etc.
Posted on Nov 10, 2006
SOURCE: water leaking
Tarena, it's been my experience with Amana that tells me you have a failed water inlet valve.
Here's how it works; Water comes from the wall into the fridge to the valve I'm talking about. Now this valve works like this... When you put a cup in the dispenser area to get cold water a switch sends 120 volts to the valve and it opens up allowing water to flow through it. When you remove the cup, power is shut off at the valve... the valve is supposed to close all the way, if it didn't there would be water dripping from the dispenser area, right? (Like a leaky faucet) If the valve is bad, it won't open at all. (Like a blown out light bulb)
The ice maker is similar. When it "harvests" ice and it drops into the ice bin, the IM will send 120 volts to the valve (for 5 seconds or so) to re-fill the ice mold so it can make another batch. Now when the power is removed from the valve, it's supposed to shut off all the way. If it didn't, there would be water dripping into the ice maker fill tube (in the freezer behind the ice maker). drip, drip drip... one after the other.
Let's assume that the ice maker valve didn't close all the way. What would happen then? As these drops of water enter the freezer compartment and are heading down the ice maker fill tube toward the ice maker, they don't make it all the way 'cause they FREEZE in the tube! One drop at a time, week after week. ('course you never notice it, 'cause it's in the freezer) Now... the ice maker is still trying to make ice, so every 45 minutes or so it sends 120 volts to the valve to get more water. But the water fill tube has ice in it because of the water drops that have accumulated there. This goes on over time and eventually the water fill tube becomes completely BLOCKED with ice due to those water drops.
Now what happens? The ice maker is still trying to make ice, but the fill tube is blocked... it can't get water through it. But when the water valve opens up to allow water to the ice maker, where does it go? Since the fill tube is blocked, all that water pressure builds up in the water line (tube) that feeds the ice maker and eventually it blows out! (you can verify this... pull the refrigerator out from the wall, look at the water line going to the ice maker. There's a connector back there for the tube to fit into. This is what's blown out.) Now the tube is just dangling there and not hooked up to the ice maker any longer. Since the ice maker is still running, every time it asks for water it sprays out and onto the wall and floor back there through this dangling tube.
The repair? Replace the valve. It's easy. The part number is 67005154 and it lists for about $21.00. You can find one at any appliance parts retailer. (you'll see where the valve is located... it's where the water line hooks up behind the fridge.) UNPLUG YOUR FRIDGE WHILE YOU WORK ON IT!!!
Just replacing the valve is only half the job. You'll still need to remove the ice build up in the ice maker fill tube. Do this by pulling it straight out the back of the refrigerator and putting it under warm running water. Then re-install it and hook the water tube back up to it.
On some models, you can not remove the fill tube. If you can't get it out the back, you'll have to do it from the freezer compartment behind the ice maker (a little more work, but still do-able). It's easiest by removing the ice maker.... pull the ice bin out and set it aside. Then remove the 3 screws holding the ice maker. You don't have to disconnect the wires, just try to get it out of your way the best you can. Now take a hair dryer and thaw out the fill tube until the ice slides out of there. Then rebuild it.
There ya go! Job time? about an hour. Part cost? about $21.00. Knowing that you fixed it yourself? Priceless.
Posted on Oct 15, 2007
yes this is probably the source of the problem - the defrost water doesn't flow down the drain.
melt the blockage with hot water till you get free flow down the drain - takes a bit of patience
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
I also could not find the drain plug that everyone is saying to clean out. The only obvious things were styrofoam coated vents that went down to the fridge.
I have the same fridge with the sheet metal and cardboard in the back. My mfg. date is 6-04. That date is found near the ser. # and model #. My Whirlpool model # is ET1chmxkb03 THERE IS NO DRAIN TUBE RUNNING DOWN THE BACK!! It is all internal. Here is how I fixed the problem.
First, unplug the fridge. Empty all contents from the freezer and remove the shelf. Your food will be fine. Tell your wife not to worry!! You're going to need to remove the entire back panel of the freezer. Not hard. Remove the ice maker by unscrewing the single bottom screw and LOOSENING the two screws located above the ice slots. No need to remove them. they simply hang the icemaker in place. unplug the wiring assembly from the ice maker. set ice maker in sink if it has ice in it.
I had a lot of ice in the bottom and back of the freezer so i carefully chiseled and cleaned as i went. try using some hard plastic pointy thing to chisel. if that doesn't work use a screwdriver VERY CAREFULLY. I am not responsible for damages. ha.
the plastic "Y" shaped piece that covers the fan needs to come off. gently push down from the top to undo the two tabs that are holding the top to the wall. any resistance you feel is ice holding everything together. a hair dryer can also be useful to loosen things up. its going to get watery so keep towlels ready to sop up.
After the "Y" piece is off, you should only have two nuts or screws at the top of the panel. undo these and work off the panel. careful to push the wiring harness through the hole and the ground wire simply clips on the metal panel.
if you have a lot of ice at the bottom you'll feel resistance getting the panel off. scrape off as much ice as you can from the bottom and work the panel back and forth until it comes free. there is nothing holdin the panel in place at the bottom. it's just the ice.
when the panel is off you'll seea thin aluminum pan at the bottom probably covered in ice. keep chiseling (carefully) and you'll come across the drain hole everyone keeps telling you to unplug. this is the start of the tube that comes out into the pan under the fridge. i kept chiseling until there was no ice left anywhere in the freezer. always wiping and cleaning with the towels. there is also ice under the thin aluminum sheet. try to find a way to get this ice out too.
i tried several ways to get the ice out from inside the drain tube. even a little salt. boiling water from a turkey baster worked the best. my ice was frozen down about an inch so it took a few tries.
my drain pan was bone dry at the beginning of all this so i kept looking for water down there. finally it showed up.
pour little extra hot water down there for good measure and if you have some kind af flexible tubing to snake down there to clean it out it would be a good idea. 1/4 inch fish tank air tubing woorks pretty good. there are some bends in the drain tube so you might have to work it down.
hopefully this will fix the problem. reverse the steps to put everything back together being sure to reclip the groundwire to the icemaker. put the food back in the freezer and tell your wife instead of griping about the food being left out, maybe she should thank you for being a he-man and saving the family $500 by fixing the friggin thing yourself!!
Posted on Jan 16, 2009
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