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Whirlpool refrigerator leaks water inside the frig. It gathers in the pan under the lowest sliding drawer. Possibly something to do with the icemaker? I don't use the icemaker -- I flipped up the bar inside the ice collection bin so it wouldn't make ice. However, I think the frig. tries to fill it anyway.

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  • furryhermit Jul 14, 2008

    I'm having a similar problem with our Whirlpool. I've just noticed this problem this summer, however I just recently got
    married and there is more frequent activity going into the frig and
    more food stocked in there as well. In the past, this usually meant that the door was left ajar and that moist air was getting inside and condensing. I adjusted the door and tipped the frig back a bit to help the door "auto close" better, and this seemed to help for a while, however we just had another wet episode this weekend, so I'm not sure that was the problem. I'm open to other suggestions.

  • clayimage Sep 11, 2008

    My Whirlpool fridge leaks on the inside.  What can I do to stop the leaking..It is coming from the middle back top of the fresh food compartment.  What do I do?

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    water leaks inside my whirlpool refrigerator also. any solutions??

  • Anonymous Oct 12, 2008

    I too have the same problem. It appears that the leak is coming from the water maker. It is damaging my floor as well.

  • Mantas4 Jan 05, 2009

    Water leaking inside of whirlpool refrigerator



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Its a done deal...:) On MY whirlpool MODEL # ETICHMXKBO3 I found the drain hole frozen.. There was some debris and clogged it up and water froze up behind it causing the deck of my freezer to fill and freeze up and cause the water to drain into the fridge. Solution: remove the ice maker(if equipped) remove the rear aluminum cover. I used a heat gun and melted the 1 1/2 of ice build up and softly with a screw driver clean the drain. When drain is visible use scolding hot water until it starts flowing to the bottom tray. I used my air compressor to finish it off....

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We have had a Whirlpool for about two years and the water leaking problem has happened about three times. We fixed it ourselves using lots of towels, hot water, and time. See this website which describes the problem and how to fix it:
Good Luck.

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We own a Whirlpool fridge and after several years it began leaking water into the fresh food section.

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  • bassplayer70 May 25, 2010

    Unplug fridge, remove the ice maker, remove the back panel that covers the evaporator coil use hot water to melt the ice that is covering the drain hole and then use a turkey baster to shoot hot water down into the drain hole. Check the water tray at the bottom back of the fridge to see if the water is coming out when you shoot it down the drain hole.


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I am no appliance repairman, but have had this problem on a fridge in one of my rental houses. I tore the machine apart and realized that the defrost heater did not have continuity. I am going to replace which should solve problem. If you just get drain line cleared without solving problem you will be redoing before long.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012

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    Brandon Mar 01, 2014

    Hey Don, you are exactly right i unclogg mine and about a month later it does it do i know if the defrost heater needs replaced and where its located at? thanks


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