Question about Whirlpool Gladiator Refrigerator

1 Answer

Whirlpool gladiator garage freezer/refrigerator (top)

We have defrosted this unit several times because the drain hose in the rear of the unit keeps freezing and water cannot flow down the drain hose. I keep a thermometer in both the bottom freezer unit and the top refrigerator unit. Both temps are accurate for the appropriate unit. The last defrosting lasted only 3 months and the drain hose is now frozen again so ice is depositing all over the freezer contents. I must keep a plastic container on the top shelf of the freezer (bottom unit) and empty the ice deposited daily. Please tell us what the problem is as this unit is only 3 years old. We have always purchased Whirlpool products and have been well satisfied. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for this unit.

Posted by on

  • 3 more comments 
  • KARDEB Jun 13, 2008

    I cannot access your (Hasib Ahmed) solution to the Whirlpool Gladiator Garage Refrigerator/Freezer posted by KARDEB on 6/12. When I click on "want a here" I get another site called "click and earn" for at home businesses. Please advise. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    My Gladiator has the same problems that are described by Kardeb above.

    The ice builds up in the freezer compartment about every 6 weeks.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    water leaks into buttom of freezer,freezer on bottom

  • hoffman_tom Jan 24, 2009

    I have the same problem.

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    I have the same problem.



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

Remove the back liner and wall (more details on this below if you need them) to expose the iced up drain line (only 1) on the right side center inside the aluminum drain pan (Directly behind the bottom right side vent that goes into the freezer compartment). Thaw it out so that it will allow water to drain off (slow way -turn off unit for hours, not quite so slow - spoon in hot water - use towels to keep as much of the water from running into the lower freezer) When the drain is clear and water is draining freely, take light qauge copper wire (t-stat or low volt) and feed it down the drain approx 3 - 4 feet and then wrap the end of it tightly around the heavy defrost bar located just above the the drain hole (this bar resembles an oven element or dishwasher heater element and circles the entire freezer coil). Put several tight wraps on it. This will transfer some of the heat from the defrost cycle down into the drain line and hopefully solve your problem. If the coils are totally iced up you may have a defrost cycle problem and if so this solution won't work) reinstall all liners and wiring and you're done
removing the back wall (if you are unsure) take of plate located at upper left side of the back wall (2 short screws) to expose the wire harness- separate the main connectors) remove the 6 fasteners attaching the back metal liner wall (4 long & 2 short - the short ones go to outside lower holes) . and remove the bottom plastic liner tray (just lifts out) and the short plastic base wall at the back bottom of the compartment ( it may be iced in and hard to remove- be careful) remove the stryofoam insulating liner. Again it may be iced in and frozen to the unit so be careful and if necessary use warm water to thaw it out. This will expose the inner liner wall and the lower drain pan and line. If you see that the bottom of the coils are iced up you may want to remove the inner liner and defrost the coils but this it not usually the case and you can leave it in place. Again, if the coils are totally iced up you may have a defrost cycle problem and if so this solution won't work)

Posted on Apr 22, 2010

  • jerichojay Oct 07, 2010

    there is now an "official" factory fix. A sears tech showed me a kit that includes a metal clamp )to attach to the defrost bar) and a strip of aluminum to go down the drain. He said the copper wire solution worked just as well (or better perhaps since copper trasmit heat better) but that the wire only had to go down the drain a few (12?) inches.

  • Jim Oldfather Nov 14, 2012

    The "Probe Kit", p/n 819043 is available from Gladiator Garageworks at no charge if you are the original registered owner. It includes more than just a probe kit and should all be installed for the best results. A couple of notes though, (1) do not attempt to remove the nylon drain insert. It will not come out. The metal drain insert will fit into the nylon insert. (2) The nylon insert curves and the full length of the metal drain insert will not go in fully. It must be trimmed down in length to less than half it's original length. (3) The heat probe can then be installed. It will require some bending to conform to the curve of the nylon insert. Since installing the complete kit on my Freezerator, it has worked just fine. I use the top for a refrigerator with the setting at the nine o'clock position and the bottom as the freezer with the setting at the six o'clock position.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Repairman can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Repairman (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Gladiator Freezerator wont stay frozen in the bottom portion. It will go to temp when temp is mved, but then start to warm up. Why?

If the bottom freezer section of the Gladiator Freezerator is thawing out the usual cause is from the coils in the back of the top refrigerator section being iced up. The ice blockage prevents the fan from circulating cold air into the bottom freezer section. These units have a design flaw due to the defrost drain freezing up preventing water from draining out from under the coil. The long-term solution is to remove the back wall of the refrigerator section to get to the coil, thoroughly defrost the coil making sure the drain tube is clear, then wrap a couple turns of #12 or #14 copper house wire around the bottom of the defrost heater element and run it a few inches into the drain tube. Advise unplugging the unit when you do this.

I've had this fix on my Gladiator for a couple years and it has been working perfectly ever since. The freezer stays a constant 0 degrees F and no more thawed out food.

May 09, 2014 | Gladiator Freezerator Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Side by side Whirlpool in insulated cold garage ompressor seems to be running all the time, freezer not working fridge is warm

Sounds like low on freon. Some refrig. has a charging port. It may even say on name tag what type of freon to use. You need a guage to check if unit is low on freon.

Jan 20, 2014 | Gladiator Freezerator Top Freezer...

1 Answer

HOW to get to top of drain tube of Whirlpool gladiator GAFZ21XXMK00

Firstly it's probably blocked by a piece of corn or a pea or something similar, you have to totally defrost the unit by unplugging it, removing all the frozen food, then remove shelves, leave the freezer door open & leave overnight to dry out. Now tilt the unit back & wedge something under the front to hold it there, slowly poor very hot water towards the rear of the freezer compartment in the centre, it should not take long to clear the drain hole, you should be able to see it now, if you have any thin curtain wire or something similar, then gently poke it down the drain hole till cleared continue to use hot water till flowing, careful there will be a fair bit of water coming out the back, keep a few old towels handy, Good Luck.

Nov 25, 2013 | Gladiator Freezerator Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Whirlpool gladiator freezer is leaking water

The drain in the freezer behind back lower panel
needs opening. You can see it at the bottom of the back panel
underneath the evaporator coils. (The cold coils)
Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer.
When the defrost melts the water it goes down the drain
If the drain is clogged with Ice or ? it overflows into the ref.
Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer.
Also check fan undernearh Ref in the rear
Clean condenser coils underneath
.I'm including my article on Refrigerator Repair for your help and convenience.;
Please click or copy and paste into browser for Article
Thanks for using fixya
Leo Ponder

Aug 07, 2011 | Whirlpool Gladiator Refrigerator

1 Answer

An intermittent stream of water from the back top center shroud in the lower freezer section of our Gladiator Ref/Freezer is causing a lot of ice in the freezer. What's wrong?

This is caused by a design flaw in Gladiator Freezerators. The problem is caused whenever the auto-defrost cycle is active. This causes the frost on the coils to melt and flow to the drain tube. If the tube is blocked by ice having formed inside, the water has nowhere to go except down into the freezer compartment where it aagain freezes and forms an iceberg. The solution is to defrost the drain tube but this is only a tempo fix, because eventually it will freeze again. A more permanent solution is to remove the rear cover in the top compartment and expose the cooling coil and the defrost heater. Carefully wrap a 2-3 ft. long piece of bare copper wire, about 14-12 ga. several turns around the defrost heater and extend it down the drain tube located at the bottom right hand side of the drain tray. The little bit of heat transmitted down this wire is enough to keep the tube from refreezing. This fix is now available as a kit that Sears uses to take care of this problem but their kit does not work as well as the above. Good Luck!

Nov 14, 2010 | Whirlpool Gladiator Refrigerator

1 Answer

The freezer is frosting up on my Whirlpool Gladiator

There are a few reasons why the refrigerator part will not are a couple of tips that will help you to figure out why the refrigerantor is not cooling...

Refrigerator2_bing.gif not Cooling or Fridge not Cooling

How to Defrost Refrigerator Defrost Timer Problem


Jun 02, 2010 | Whirlpool Gladiator Refrigerator

1 Answer

Refrigerator is producing water which seems to drip down from the top rear center of refrigerator which is below the freezer. The amount is 1 or 2 cups per day and it collects below the bins at bottom of...

Remove the food and the ice maker from the freezer ( if equiped ) . Remove the rear freezer panel . Using a hair dryer , start in the middle , below the coils , defrosting , until you see the drain hole . Use hot water to help defrost the hole . Once water starts going thru the hole , use a small hose inserted into the hole , and blow thru , to remove any unseen debris in the drain line . Use an ALUMINUM or COPPER solid wire , 14-16 guage , with the insulation completely off , and insert one end into the drain hole as far as possible without any force . Wrap the other end about 1 1/2 to 2 turns , around the black rod (defrost heater) , above the hole . When refrig goes into defrost , the heat will transfer from the heater , to the wire , keeping the hole from freezing up again .

May 26, 2010 | Whirlpool 21.0 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

2 Answers

The bottom freezer portion of my gladiator freezerator forms ice

The drain for the water to get away when defrosting is frozen shut...
Checkout this tip to help you..

Water Running in Refrigerator from Freezer2_bing.gif


Nov 09, 2009 | Gladiator Freezerator Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Water is leaking into my refrigerator

Remove the food from the freezer . Remove the screws holding the rear freezer panel on , and remove the panel . Using a hairdryer , in the middle below the coils , start defrosting , until you can see the drain hole . Keep defrosting ( hot water helps also ) until water starts to go down the drain . Once water flows , use a small hose inserted into the drain , and blow thru it to remove any debris built up in the unseen drain line . For a permanent repair , get a piece of solid ALUMINUM wire , about 14-16 guage , about 9 " long , and insert into the drain as far as possible without force . Wrap the other end , about 1 1/2 to 2 turns , around the black bar ( defrost heater ) just above the drain hole . Cut off the excess . When the refrig goes into defrost , the heat from the defrost heater , will transfer to the aluminum wire , keeping the drain from freezing up again .

Aug 31, 2009 | Kenmore 18.3 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

1 Answer

Whirlpool refrigerator w/ top freeezer

It has a plugged defrost drain. You may need to defrost for 24 hours with unit unplugged and doors open. UNPLUG FIRST!! f still leaks, you need to remove floor of freezer, then the back wall of freezer. Remove ice. At center rear under coils is the drain hole that is plugged up. Use hair dryer to melt ice. Pour hot water in this area to uncover drain. With hot water in area, you can put a 1/4 diam. hose or copper pipe in drain and blow into it while pressing down. It will slowly go through ice, clearing drain.

Nov 17, 2007 | Whirlpool ER6AHKXPQ Top Freezer...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Whirlpool Gladiator Refrigerator Logo

2,110 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Whirlpool Refrigerators Experts

John Tripp
John Tripp

Level 3 Expert

4654 Answers

Charles T Nevin
Charles T Nevin

Level 3 Expert

4070 Answers

Dan Webster
Dan Webster

Level 3 Expert

8220 Answers

Are you a Whirlpool Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides