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Re: water beneath the salad bins
Check the freezer section if its all frost up at the bottom part. the evaporator is freezing and transfering the coldness at the bottom part that sweats water beneath the salad bins. heater cycle is not working properly...
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Honestly, it really sounds like your problem in the drain is blocked and is overflowing causing a nightmare. I'm assuming it starts just at the bottom of the back wall just around the first set of drawers. There is a kit that they make that actually resolves this issue. Unfortunatly, after looking it up they actually discontinued that part for your model. Not to worry, I'll tell you how to build on. You'll want to remove the drawers and the shelfs and the back wall. For maximun ease I recommend turning the machine off for a day or two and letting everything thaw out. Once the back is off locate the defrost heater. It will run along the bottom of the evaporator. Now, find the drain hole in the trough below the heater area. Once you;ve done that find an aluminum can and good pair of scissors. Cut a strip that can fit down the drain hole, but not to small or too big. Be sure to make it a decent length. Take one end and sort of wrap it around the defrost heater directly above the drain hole then have the rest of the strip go into the drain. How this works is everytime the machine goes into defrost, this ice will melt and the water will fall to the trough where it will go to the drain. The bad thing is hot water actually freezes faster than cold, but with the aluminum improvised drain heater, heat from the element above will pass downward to the aluminum keeping the water warm enough to not freeze as it goes down the drain and finally out of the machine. Your problem will be a thing of the past. Good luck
I have a Whirlpool Top-mount refrigerator. Whirlpool also manufactures many of the Kenmore refrigerators.
A few weeks ago I noticed a puddle of water on the top right
shelf in the refrigerator section. I figured out that it must be the water
that forms during the defrost cycle and normally drains down through a
tube in the back into an evaporator tray beneath the refrigerator. Something was preventing the water from draining away and instead it was dripping through the overflow holes from the freezer into the refrigerator section.
I emptied the freezer and took off the back panel. It
actually wouldn't come off at first because all the water beneath the
defrost heater which should have been draining out the drain hole was
frozen into one solid block of ice. I used a hair dryer to melt the ice
(took a while - be patient) and then took off the panel.
To melt all the rest of the ice in the drain tube I used the hair dryer. To clear out the ice in the drain tube, I used a turkey baster
and kept putting down hot water until I heard water making it down to
the evaporator tray beneath the refrigerator.
The following mod is "try at your own risk" (I wouldn't do this if you still have warranty coverage - call a tech instead): I made this modification to prevent the problem from recurring (at
least that's the hope): Wrapped a piece of wire (unbent a large paper
clip) around the defrost cycle heater and stuck it into the drain hole.
The theory is that the wire will heat up every time the defrost cycle
runs and will keep the drain hole from freezing shut.
One thing I noticed during this repair concerns the drip pan beneath the defrost heater in the freezer (this is the pan that collects the water that is melted off the coils during defrosting). The drip pan does not seem to be angled properly so that the water will drain normally towards the drain hole. I guess water could remain behind then freeze later. I reported this to Whirlpool.
Remove the food and the ice maker from the freezer ( if equiped ) . Remove the rear freezer panel . Using a hair dryer , start in the middle , below the coils , defrosting , until you see the drain hole . Use hot water to help defrost the hole . Once water starts going thru the hole , use a small hose inserted into the hole , and blow thru , to remove any unseen debris in the drain line .
This is normal the red light tells you that there is a slight of decreased in coldness .Eventually the red light will disappear after the refrigerator has recollected it's coldness... in 24 hours approximately .....Jack Arevian.(.Aleppo Syria).Refrigeration Engineer...........
if the drain is truly not blocked then the water will go down it. try poking a piece of thin wire down it to check, and have a look on the outside at the back - some models have a tray or tank where this water collects that may be full - else the fridge drain should be plumbed into a drain - check from the outside too.
Also check if the fridge is truly level. The feet allow you to adjust this and see - sometimes a small change in angle can spoil the drainage characteristics of these machines (possibly even lean it backwards a little if it looks like this might help).
the only other possibility is if the fridge drain is fixed into another drain, that another appliance or fixture is causing back pressure - if so you would be able to see bubbling into your fridge if you sat and watched while someone else ran all the sinks/toilets/washers/dishwashers etc around the house - in theory though when all these other items are not running then the water should still drain.