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Water in bottom of the fridge. I figured the

Water accumulates in the bottom of the fridge. I figured the defrost drain is clogged but I cant get to it. I guess this assembly is behind the cover (that covers the fan) which is in the freezer compartment but I'm afraid to pry it off (might break it?). The only tube running down the back is the ice make lines (no defrost dran tube) so it must be buried? Whats the best way to remove this cover and unclogged the drain line. (model ET1CHK/ET1CHM)

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  • guypiasecki Feb 05, 2010

    OK... I now know way more than I ever wanted to know about my refrigerator. I first removed the screws (about six or seven of them) from the cardboard cover in the back and sure enough the water drain pan was bone dry. So it had to be a clog…but where is that darned drain? Well I found the following link helpful as it gave me a clue as where to look:

    http://www.applianceaid.com/frig_leaking...

    And sure enough, Whirlpool hides the drain hole behind the false back in the freezer compartment on this model. First you have to remove the wire shelf and bottom shelf plate within the freezer compartment. The drain hose must be embedded in the body cavity as its not visible or accessible from the back. To remove the plastic bottom shelf tray, remove two screws and it should lift out as it simply butts up against the false back. Once the bottom is out you can see at the bottom (at the back), a metal tray or gutter for the water to run down when the coils behind the false back defrosts. It may be hard to see, but near the middle of this metal gutter is a hole. That's the drain hole! Mine was covered up with ice so it was hard to find/see. I also ended up removing the ice maker and false back (two screws in the back) to get at the ice build up easier. You have to lift up on the back to remove it as the cover is recessed into the bottom of the freezer compartment. I then tediously use my wife's hair dryer to melt the ice in the tray and drain hole. What took so long is that the ice went down into the drain hole quite a ways (at least an inch) before it started draining again. Then you have the joy of reassembling everything and hopefully you had moved your beer to an alternate cold spot so you can now enjoy a cold one.

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