Question about Refrigerators
Whirlpool refrigerator has water in bottom of refrigerator and no water in recovery pan under refrigerator. Unit is 10 years old and this is first problem with it. It is not equiped with ice maker unit.
Hi and welcome to Fixya. I am Kelly.
Water buildup or pooling in a refrigerator is a good indication that the chassis / cabinet drain is obstructed. This can be caused by debris or ice build up in the drain. Your checking the recovery pan for any signs of water was a wise choice. The recovery pan should show signs of some water most of the day. It does dry however dry up.
I see you did not provide a make or model number but....here is what you can do. Follow the drain tube to the freezer section and locate the drain funnel in the rear and bottom of the freezer compartment. Some times you can see it other times you will have to remove the shelving and the rear evaporator coil cover to locate the drain funnel.
Once you gain access to the funnel check for debris or ice build up. Any debris in the funnel can cause pooling during a defrost cycle that will freeze in the funnel after the defrost cycle is completed. Your probably going to have to thaw the ice in the drain funnel before you can remove the debris. A hand held hair dryer works great for thawing the drain funnel. It takes longer than you might think and you will have to sponge up the pooling water so the ice that is deeper in the funnel will also thaw. Once you think you have the drain thawed check to see the passage is clear with a toothpick. (DO NOT drop the tooth pick getting it out of the drain is NOT fun.) If the toothpick immediately hits a dead end there is still probably ice in the funnel and the thawing process will need to continue.
Once you are sure that it is completely thawed out clear the debris if there is any. Then pour about a shot glass sized amount of water into the drain. (you might have to improvise a funnel for the water) The water should rapidly exit the drain and arrive in the recovery pan. If you don't see the water in the recovery pan then the drain tube still has an obstruction somewhere. Most of the time if the drain funnel in the freezer compartment is known to be clear there is a build up of gunk on the very end of the drain tube where it dumps into the recovery pan.
I am pretty sure that by you following these instructions you will sucessfully return your refrigerator back to normal.
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Posted on Feb 07, 2010
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