Question about Refrigerators
at the rear of the fridge unit there is a hole, normally at the bottom of a shallow "v" shape. there should be a plastic insert in it to clear any blockages, just wiggle it a bit. failing that a pipe cleaner will do the same.
Posted on May 02, 2009
ok first of all. the refrige is in the basement. do you know what the relative humidity in the basement is?
you can check this with a humidity gauge.
Posted on May 26, 2009
Your refrigerator has a defrost drain blockage behind the evaporator in your your freezer compartment. Some models like yours have leak in the turns as the water leaves the freezer. I recommend that you unplug and remove the cover to the evaporator and check the defrost condensate tray below the evaporator. A wet vacuum cleaner and poring a solution with clorox in the drain will help you clean locate the leak and where the blockage may be downline.. I do have the manual on yours and can help you solve this. Some times this is a factory defect and I can help you solve the freezing drain problem. Let me know, Sea Breeze
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
Your leaking problem gives two possibilities. The water control valve for the ice maker side is defective and while shut off the water will continue to slowly flow and leak into the freezer compartment. The other possibility id the condensate defrost drain is blocked and frozen over behind the rear panel of the freezer and at the bottom of th coils. I believe your defrost condensate drain has a blockage of ice and will need to be defrosted and clean the condensate line from the freezer to the condensate collection plate below your refrigerator. Most times the blockage begins slowly until the opening of the drain hole under the evaporator freezes itself shut. Below is a link to some solutions I have collected over a period of time. Also has a short movie that makes the repair look simpler. There are many reasons for this happening for example water leaking from a water supply line for the dispenser or ice maker, a crack in the defrost pan, water leaking inside and draining through the refrigerator cabinet, but most are caused by a defrost drain line blockage. Below is a link that may be helpful so try to take it all in and use the parts that most refer to your specific problem, Thanks Sea Breeze
click on link below
Posted on Sep 23, 2009
the defroster isn't close enough to the drain to be effective. remove the back wall of the inside of the freezer, remove the excess ice. clear out the ice from the drain using hot water and a turkey baster. there is a kit from whirlpool that uses a piece of metal and a screw around the defrost rod, but I found out that a piece of 14 gauge solid core wire with the insulation stripped off works great too. stick the stripped wire into the drain, 2 to 3 inches, and wrap the rest around the defrost rod.
Posted on Jan 04, 2010
You will need to install a drain line heater or heat probe. When water is plugged up in the drain line, it freezes and expands. This sometimes destroys the insulation around the drain line, which causes the drain line to freeze up all the time. If you have a cal rod type defrost heating element( black metal element) Whirlpool has a drain line heater, whish is a long metal finger that clamps around the defrost heater and sticks down into your defrost drain tube. This heats up the line every time your refer goes into defrost. We have seen customers use a small length of metal wire to do the same thing, electrical or even a clothes hanger. If your defrost heater is glass,then you will have to figure out how to wire in an electical drain line heater. Ask your parts house to check with GE to see if they have one. Sub Zero has a couple but you will have to figure out how to wire it into you defrost wiring. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
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It may be your drain hole at the back of the fridge has become blocked.
There will be a channel at the back (or side) of the fridge that collects condensation with a drain hole out of the back of the fridge. The drain hole becomes blocked with mould / gunge causing the excess water to overflow and puddle in the bottom of the fridge.
The hole may be gently cleared with a small diameter rod or stick.
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