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I m trying to install a Whirlpool probe kit 819043 in a Whirlpool refrigerator Model no ET1CHMXKB. It was bought from Lowes in 2004 The freezer drain pan appears to be accessed from below the freezer.I am unsure of how to access it to insert the heat probe. Any advice welcomed. NickC

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SOURCE: Whirlpool GD25DF auto defrost drain problem

There is a drain hole in the back of the freezer on the bottom. Get back there with some hot water. Most of the time it is just lime build up. Unless you know what feel back there. Another way is to move the freezer out and from the back side you can see the drain line. It just pulls right off

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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The problem is the defrost drain trough is plugged with ice. You will have to turn off the refrigerator, remove the freezer back panel and use a baby aspirator to help you apply and remove hot water to melt the ice. Then insert the aspirator in the drain hole to blow out any thing that may have gotten lodged inside. You will hear the water draining now to the pain underneath the refrigerator. Hope that helps you, good luck!!
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SOURCE: Can't get to drain pan for cleaning, whirlpool fridge

You can not acces the drain pan. Por 1/4 cup bleach in the defrost drain hole.
Two days later pour 1/4 cup vinegar in the defrost drain hole.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

SOURCE: Whirlpool Custom Series refrigerator leaks -Model ET18JKXSN05

It sounds like the line you found is for draining the water from the defrost cycle. It should drain the water from melting the ice into the pan at the bottom so it will evaporate. Sounds like its being clogged is the cause of the water in your fridge.

Posted on May 13, 2009

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SOURCE: WATER DRIPS DOWN FROM INSIDE TOP REFRIGERATOR BELOW FREEZER

Not an original solution - but a good one. Remove panels at the back of the freezer compartment to expose the heater unit or heater wire that defrosts the freezer coils and wrap a solid copper wire gently around the heater/ heater wire and place the loose end in the drain. This will conduct heat to the freezer drain and help keep it open. I did see a manufactured part in one of the appliance parts websites but it did not match my unit.

Posted on Jun 09, 2009

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