Question about Whirlpool 21.0 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with IceMagic Plus Ice Maker
Most likely you have a clogged drain,when the fridge goes into defrost it melts the ice off of the evap coil and it drains down to where the compressor is in the bottom section of the fridge,if the drain is plugged up the water will leak into the fridge section,take out all the food and shelves and remove the back wall of the freezer,if you know where the timer is or if it has a timer you can advance it and turn the heater on to help you out or unplug the unit so the fan isn't blowing or shut off the control,with a hair dryer melt all the ice,where ever you see styrofoam try not to leave the hair dryer in one place to long you can damage the styrofoam,the vents are under the fan,you can put a plate or something inside the fridge and pour hot water down the vents to melt out the ice if the vents have ice in them and it melts the ice faster and won't damage the styrofoam,now when you have the ice melted i use a steamer to clear the drain but if you don't have one you can use a turkey baster or a piece of hose and blow through it,anything you can think of to blow through the drain line,when you think you've cleared it pour hot water down the hole,if like a half a cupful goes down it's clear if it stays there it's not clear and you'll have to blow it out again,if you have any electrical wire with the ground wire in it you can use the copper wire wrap it on the heater or near it if it's a glass heater and when the heater comes on the wire will heat up and stop the drain from freezing in the future,stick it in the hole as far as it will go and leave a little extra so you can wrap it around the heater or like i said if you have a glass heater attach it to the metal frame as close to the heater as you can and you should be fine,they sell heater probes at the parts store also,let me know how you make out
Posted on Sep 07, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There is a plastic panel inside the frigidaire looking at the underside of the freezer inside the refrigerator compartment which holds the thermostate dial and the light fixture. remove the four 1/4 in hex head screws holding the assembly. pull the panel toward the front. you will expose the drain hose connection you can let it dangle from the plug wires or remove the panel completely, I worked with mine in place. look at the back funnel shape drain. just in front of that see a rectangular styroform collar which should be snug fit to match the underside. clean and dry all. there is a divider between the two funnel compartments, mine was separated between the plastic and the styroform. I used kitchen and bath tub caulking to seal the gap. and a little around the rectangle shape that fits to the underside. plug the wire back in if disconnected. reassemble the panel. that may fix it. good luck.
Posted on Jun 17, 2008
the middle insulation hasbecome water logged, forma faulty defrost tube, so, every time trhe unit defrost, 2 maybe 3 times a day it will spill water inti the vents, andin to the refrig, the only correct way to fix is to have the enitre center drain block replaced, part not that expensive but labor to install may be, ohter then nussincence, not really affecting machines workings
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
Not an original solution - but a good one. Remove panels at the back of the freezer compartment to expose the heater unit or heater wire that defrosts the freezer coils and wrap a solid copper wire gently around the heater/ heater wire and place the loose end in the drain. This will conduct heat to the freezer drain and help keep it open. I did see a manufactured part in one of the appliance parts websites but it did not match my unit.
Posted on Jun 09, 2009
Your drain tube may
be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's
stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor.
It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little
pressure with a turkey baster will
usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make
sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be
located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.
Take a bare copper wire and wrap it around a fin near the heater and put the other end a few inches down the drain. The heat convection may prevent it from freezing.
Posted on Jul 02, 2009
Remove the food from the freezer and the icemaker if equiped . Remove the air tower at the rear of the freezer section and remove the rear panel inside the freezer . Using a hair dryer to the drip pan , below the coils ( probably ice ) , starting at the center , defrost until you see the drain hole . Keep defrosting the hole ( hot water helps ) until water starts to flow down . Using a short piece of hose , insert it into the drain hole and blow . This should blow out any debris inside the drain hole . I would use a short piece of solid ALUMINUM wire ( 14-16 guage about 8 " long ) striped of all insulation , and insert it into the hole as far as possible , without any force . Wrap the other end about 1--1 1/2 turns around the black tube ( defrost heater ) above the hole . When the heater comes on , heat will transfer to the aluminum wire and keep the drain from freezing up again . Reasemble back panel , air tower , and , icemaker . Reinstall the food and its FIXYA'd .
Posted on Sep 02, 2009
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