Question about Whirlpool Refrigerators
Refrigerator model ET18NKXFN0 1 . . . getting periodic water dripping from back area of air diffuser box.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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My SZ 550 (fridge over freezer) dripped constantly. Turned out to be a frozen drain tube, located 6 inches above the refigerator floor, centered on the back wall (cold side of refrigerator). Remove both trays and the lower glass shelf to see it. This tube runs down, behind the freezer, dumping refrigerator condensate in the pan below the freezer. If it's frozen the condensate leaks out the front of the fridge, down and onto the floor.
The fix, suggested elsewhere (not my idea) is quite simple and elegant. Thaw the tube (this will take an incredibly long time.) Fish a string (I used a piece of yarn) from the refrigerator (cold) side of the tube, down and out the other end, under the freezer. I was able to use a vacuum to suck the yarn through. Be creative. Once the fish line is in, tie a piece of nylon fishing line to the yarn and pull it through the tube. You have replaced the yarn with a stronger fishing line, which you can use to pull a piece of copper wire (I used common 14 gage romex, stripped of insulation through the drain tube. Leave the copper wire in the tube. If you wind the bottom end of the copper wire around some of the warm evaporator coils under the freezer the heat will be sufficient to keep the tube from freezing. I did this about a year ago and have had no problems since. Good luck.
Posted on Mar 08, 2008
This ia a common problem that indicates the drain from freezer is clogged or blocked. I will send you to another link to help explain how to resolve this, Thanks, Sea Breeze
Posted on Apr 27, 2009
The problem is the drain is clogged. Remove the back panel in your freezer and at the bottom of the evaporator coil you will see a hole about ½” in diameter this is the drain tube. You might need to use some warm water to melt the ice and then run a wire being very careful not to puncture the hose and run it down the tube to free up the drain. This tube travel down to the bottom of your refrigerator to a pan sometimes located on top of the compressor or somewhere else down there. It collects the water there to evaporate. You can enter your model # at www.appliancehelponline.com for a diagram or illustration of your refrigerator. Not all models are available.
Posted on Apr 19, 2010
You are correct. the defrost drain is most likely plugged up causing the water to drip into the refrigerator through the air returns in the ceiling of the fridge.
To access the defrost drain hole in your model you will have to remove the back wall from the freezer compartment and possibly the floor of the freezer as well if it has the floor air flow tray.
The repair is quite simple- remove as much of the ice as possible (i use a putty knife to pull it up in as large chunks as possible and then use a moistened dish towel to pick up the smaller pieces.
Use a turkey baster with some hot water to "plunge" the drain hole out. The drain hole is located in the bottom center of the evaporator opening.
Posted on Jun 15, 2010
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