Question about Refrigerators
What causes refrigerator to leak inside the refrigerator underneath the vegetable crisper drawer so it has to be wiped out every morning?
My Whirlpool fridge had water droplets falling onto all three shelves and pooling unter the crisper drawers. I solved the problem by clearing the ice-clogged drain in the freezer.
In Whirlpool model ET21UM, the condensation drain hole is located directly behind the freezer. To access the drain hole, remove all your frozen items and place them in a large picnic cooler. Notice that the floor of the freezer is basically a large plastic tray fastened by two small bolts. Unscrew the bolts with a wrench or ratchet and remove the plastic tray. At this point you will probably see that water has seeped under the tray and created a mini ice rink on the bottom of your freezer. You can tap the ice lightly with the handle of a screwdriver to break it up. Once it's broken, toss the ice into your sink, or put it in a plastic bag and store into your cooler to keep everything cold.
Once the ice has been removed from the freezer floor, you should be able to see a metal drip trough in the back under a false wall hiding the condenser coils. It's a little tougher to remove the ice from the drip trough with the screwdriver method, so you might want to use a hair dryer. After a few minutes with the hair dryer, you should be able to remove most of the ice by hand. You can remove any water with a sponge or turkey baster. The only ice left will be a plug of ice in the drain hole in the middle of the drip trough. Heat up a cup of water in the microwave and carefully pour it into the drip trough. If the drip trough is hard to access, you might need to use a funnel. The hot water should melt most of the ice in the drain hole. If it pools in the drip trough and doesn't drain, use a sponge or turkey baster to remove the water and add hot water again. A small length of wire or a pipe cleaner might help clear any other obstruction in the drain hole. When the drain is clear you should hear water flowing through it. Dry off the floor of the freezer and return the plastic floor tray to it's spot and fasten with the two bolts. Remove any water that has pooled in your refigerator and you're done.
Posted on Nov 12, 2008
I had a problem with water accumulating on the first shelf and and underneath the drawers in the bottom of the refrigerator. I traced it back to the overflow cup that is located inside the refrigerator in the middle of the top. NOT inside the freezer, but rather in the the refrigerator portion.
Unload the top shelf and place some paper towels near the back of the shelf to catch about a 1/2 cup of water. Gently grab the tab on the overflow cup and slide it towards you. I am willing to bet there is a large plug of mold inside the pipe on the cup that has been blocking the drainage.
Now is a good time to clean up the water under the drawers in the bottom of the fridge and while you are at it, clean the shelves.
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
Thank You #2 - I have had water in my veg bins for months. I thin it is fixed now. I pulled off the covers from the bottom and the back wall of the freezer..GROSS. Now I have to put it all back together again. Thanks again...what a great site.
Posted on Aug 15, 2009
Great Job solution #2! This totally fixed the problem. We have dealt with bowls in our fridge for over two months!!! We have a whirlpool and you couldn't even see the drip pan until we de-thawed all of the ice under the freezer flow. Thanks so much you saved us buying a new refrigerator : )
Posted on May 29, 2009
I had a problem with water accumulating underneath the drawers in the bottom of the refrigerator also. After reading several of the solutions to this problem here I checked the overflow cup inside the fridge by pulling it out, but the tube attached to it was not blocked, so I pulled the fridge out from the wall, unbolted the overflow tube from the back, behind the evaporator coil, and pulled it out. The tube is about 3 1/2" long and extends from the outside back of the fridge thru the outer wall, thru insulation, and thru inner wall where the small overflow cup tube then plugs into this larger tube.
I found that this tube was blocked by mold right where it makes a 90 degree turn and where the diameter decreases. I cleaned it out and put it all back together again by reinserting the large dia. drain tube from the back to where it would just appear inside the fridge, bolting it back into place, and then reattaching the overflow cup to this tube by sliding the tube attached to the overflow cup into it from inside the fridge.
The water seems to be draining fine from the freezer compartment, so I believe that this was my only blockage.
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
This is due to the freezer drain freezing up and it has no where to drain but in the bottom of the fridge. I have to turn mine off every few months and let it thaw out and then it will work for a while. It is a Whirlpool and they need to come up with a fix.
Posted on May 25, 2008
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