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Whirlpool ED25RF side by side has defrost drain pan overflowing....cleaned condenser coils ,drain tube,etc........fills to the brim in 2 days time....Thanks

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SOURCE: Water overflowing of defrost water pan

sounds like you have a clogged defrost drain tube. removing back panel of freezer will give you acess to drain trough, melt away the ice with a hair dryer, youll find a drain hole under there somwhere,pouring boiling water down the drain will clear it pretty quickly( i use a steam machine purchased from the infomercials works awesome, after you clear it and all water drain down tube wrap a piece of solid copper wirearound the heater( black calrod heater right above the drain trough) and stick it in the whole maybe an inch or so. now everythime the heater comes on to defrost it will prevent the hole from freezing over

Posted on Mar 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Overflowing drip pan under the fridge

for reallybsq
problem could be door seals not sealing completely and hence excessive ice formed on evaporator and excess water when it melts. however, i have found this problem many times with large larder fridges and really found no cure.

for guest.
towards the bottom of the back wall, there is a gulley with a drain hole in the middle. this drain is blocked. clear it with something flexible and make sure water flows away freely

Posted on Sep 07, 2008

Healeyman
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SOURCE: Whirlpool side by side defrost drain pan overflowing

Maybe your machine has a leaky door, letting moist air inside. Make sure your compressor area is lint free. The heat from the compressor is supposed to evaporate that water. Make sure the pan is exactly in the right place, level, not cracked.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009

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SOURCE: condensate pan fills w/ water

Hi Packer,

Q: "OK. So, if the icemaker supply line has a leak @ the fitting, how is that water going from the freezer to underneath the fridge into the pan."

A: Only in the weirdest circumstance can this happen. There would have to be a crack in the valve body perfectly positioned so as to spray water directly into the drain pan and not any where else (like, the floor for instance). You'd also be able to see such a leak with your eyes and since you haven't mentioned it, I assume a bad valve or loose fitting is most definitely NOT the problem.

Q: "Problem seems to be worse in the spring and summer months when warmer."

A:
This kinda leads me to think that you may live toward the south eastern part or extreme north west of the US where spring and summer humidity is notorious. As temp's outside rise in this part of the country, the air is able to absorb much more moisture than cold or cooler air can. Each time you open the freezer door, cold air "dumps" out (stand in front of the fridge with bare feet and open the freezer door... you'll feel the cold air dumping). When this happens, warm (moisture laden) air rushes IN to fill the void left by the escaped cold air. When you close the freezer door the warm air is trapped inside and the freezer does its' job by promptly removing the heat from it. When the heat is removed (at the evaporator coil), the moisture in the warm air condenses out and forms as frost on the coils.

Every 8-12 hours, your fridge will go into its' defrost cycle to remove/melt the frost from the coils. The defrost cycle lasts for ~20 minutes or until the evaporator compartment reaches 55 degrees, whichever comes first. The melt-water flows through the drain, down a drain tube and dumps into the condensate pan where it is left to once again evaporate right back into the air from where it came. (Kinda like the whole "cycle-of-life" thing, right?) The drain pan is in the bottom of the fridge for a reason. It utilizes the heat in this area to more rapidly evaporate the water in the pan.

Now to tackle your situation. I have to be completely honest... I really don't know why your water isn't evaporating quickly enough. These drain pans are DESIGNED for "worst case scenario" amount of evaporator frost run off and should be able to keep up with it.

Q: "So, do you think it's just a matter of making sure the coils are clean for proper airflow to evaporate the water. If not, junk it?"

A: Yes to the coil and airflow question and No to the "junk it" part. I'm going to recommend as a solution to your problem an after-market part installation that is designed to fix just this situation. It's called a "Condensate Pan Heater". These are used frequently on high-end residential and commercial refrigeration units that generate A LOT of evaporator frost run off. The part I'm going to direct you to is a 15 Watt heater designed to be submerged in water (like an aquarium heater is).

OK, please follow this link to see what I'm talking about. First look at #1 and #2... you'll notice that they look like heating elements in an oven. You'll also note that they are a MUCH higher wattage than #3. The first two heaters are used in large, commercial equipment, whereas #3 is used as an after market residential "add-on" pan heater. It works by simply heating the water in the pan to facilitate a faster evaporation process thereby eliminating the overflow problem... simple, huh?

All you'll need to do to install it is to wire it in parallel with the condenser fan motor and place the heater loop in the pan. That's it!

If you require additional info on the exact steps for wiring this heater in, just let me know.

OH!!! I almost forgot 2 very important things. The first one is that when you install the heater, make sure that you HAVE THE REFRIGERATOR UNPLUGGED!!! The second thing was where you can order the heater... Follow this link to a vendor.

There ya go, Packer. If this solution was satisfactory, please don't forget to rate it as "FixYa".

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Posted on May 07, 2009

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SOURCE: drip pan needs emptying; had repairman out for other issues, now fridge keeps overflowing

The accumulated ice you saw is of course the source of the water. The refrigerator will eventually rid itself of the excess ice and the problem will therefore disappear on it's own after a while. The drip pan is normally filled with only a small amount of water, and that is dried up by the condenser cooling fan under the fridge. The pan is removable from most units, but not without making a mess. I suppose you can make and clean up the mess one time and be done with it.

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Hi David
In the freezer compartment - under the panel where the water / ice is collecting - towards the back - is a small pan. The pan collects the water when the defroster cycles on to melt ice & frost that collects on the cold coil behind the back wall panel. The pan has an opening with a small tube connected that allows the water to drain out to the larger pan on the floor under the fridge.
If the tube is clogged, the water will not drain and will eventually freeze. Every time the defrost comes on, some of this water will collect under the panel and drip into the fridge compartment if the drain remains frozen.
You will need to clear any obstruction in the drain tube with a short, flexible snake. Access it from the freezer compartment. Remove any built up ice and make sure the pan has not been bent or damaged in such a way that it will no longer allow the water to get to the drain tube. If the tube is clogged due to ice, you will have to thaw it out first. Squirt hot water down the tube to do this quickly - I used a turkey baster and towels in the freezer with excellent results. After the ice has been cleared - use the snake to make sure the tube is open. Replace / repair parts as needed.
After clearing, pour some water down the tube to check for flow. If flowing, empty the drain pan on the floor under the fridge. Next, mix up about 6 to 8 ounces of a 10% bleach + 90% water solution to pour into the drain you cleared. This will kill any biological (mold, etc.) blockage in the tube. Empty the drain pan on the floor under the fridge again - but be extra careful as it has bleach in it.
My fridge did this to me several times before I figured out that ice was blocking my drain. I got a piece of #10 copper wire - long enough to hang from something above (coil, heater, etc.) in the coil compartment down about 4 - 6 inches into the drain tube. Doing this allows the warm air from the heated space during defrost cycles to be conducted down the copper wire into the drain tube - making it it impossible to freeze up. It works perfectly! I recommend a #12 or 10 copper wire, but aluminum works well too. I'd stay away from steel or anything that can corrode - because it will.
Good luck!

Jun 13, 2013 | Refrigerators

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Water collecting in the pan underneath the fridge.


it should do this but the water should evaporate from the heat from the condenser and compressor,when the machine goes into defrost a heater comes on and melts all the frost off of the coil,the water drains down into the pan where the water will evaporate,when was the last time you cleaned out the condenser coil?remove the front bottom kick panel and check the coil,if it's filled with dust it has to be cleaned out at least once a year especially if you have a cat or dog,then pull out the machine unplug it or shut off the control and remove the bottom back panel,the easiest way to do this is to vac up as much dust as you can with a shop vac,then set it for blow by putting the hose on the other end of the shop vac and blow the dust out of the coil,you can buy a condenser brush that will remove dust thats stuck inside the coil but the shop vac works great,through the condenser this is how the heat escapes out of the machine,also clean off the fan motor in the rear,also there are plastic water lines that come out of the water valve that could be cracked going to the ice maker and water dispenser or the valve itself could be cracked causing this problem or the pan could have a crack in it,very unusual for the pan to overflow,when you're done cleaning it plug it back in,make sure the fan is running fine and have someone fill a cup of water and check the plastic lines coming from the valve to see if it leaks,pull out the pan and check it for cracks,fill it up at the sink and check it,if everything looks good you can shut off the water valve that goes to the fridge for a few days and keep an eye on the pan,like i say it's unusual for the pan to overflow just from the defrost water,if the water is evaporating with the water shut off then you have a crack in one of the water lines going to the ice maker or dispenser

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Whirlpool up and down, water pooling on floor from under refrigerator. Pan full in back. How to empty it==can't get it out. Pan moves alittle from side to side


Sounds like cooling coils inside ref. that cools the water before the dispenser in the door.
These coils are in the back bottom of ref, behind crispers. They may be leaking.
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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 ? The defrost water
overflows into the ref. or freezer or on floor
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
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Where is the drain hole? The refrigerator is defrosting and the condensation is under the bottom drawers instead of the pan beneath the frig. I can't find the place where the water should be draining...


The drain is in the FREEZER. Frost and ice melts off the evaporator coil during the defrost cycle and collects in a tray directly under the coil. The tray is pitched to the drain tube that runs inside the fridge wall to a pan under the fridge - where the water is evaporated by the heat created by the compressor and the fan that cools the condenser coil.

To see these parts, unplug the fridge. You'll need to remove the inside rear wall of the freezer. That means the freezer needs to emptied, ice maker removed, etc. Chances are that the drain is clogged - most likely with ice. Manually defrost with a hair dryer and use a turkey baster filled with hot water to direct a stream into the drain tube. Resist using tools to chip ice - the components are made with soft metal and if punctured will allow freon gas to escape. You can suffer instant frostbite to exposed skin or blindness if it gets into your eyes. Once water is flowing, consider hanging a piece of copper or aluminum wire from the defrost heater down into the drain tube. Make sure the wire hangs down as far as the ice build up did (2 or 3 inches at most). This will help conduct the heat into the drain tube and prevent it from icing over in the future.

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Ice buildup in freezer drip pan and water overflow when in defrost mode. water drips out the front bottom freezer door. Maytag model msd2736gr


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.


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.

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either condensation from bad door seals, or the evaporator coil drain is clogged (when it goes into defrost cycle, the water drains down to a pan under the fridge to evaporaet. if the tube is blocked, water collects).

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My Whirlpool top freezer refrigerator model ET8WTMXK007 keeps filling up with water in the crisper basket on the right side. Don't know how to fix it? It ends up being about 2 cups of water every 3 days...


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.


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.

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Drip pan needs emptying; had repairman out for other issues, now fridge keeps overflowing


The accumulated ice you saw is of course the source of the water. The refrigerator will eventually rid itself of the excess ice and the problem will therefore disappear on it's own after a while. The drip pan is normally filled with only a small amount of water, and that is dried up by the condenser cooling fan under the fridge. The pan is removable from most units, but not without making a mess. I suppose you can make and clean up the mess one time and be done with it.

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Defrost pan keeps overflowing


On the freezer side at the bottom of the freezer coil there is a drain. There should be a thin aluminium filiament attached to the defrost element and feeding down into the drain tube. This filiament conducts heat from the element down the tube preventing ice forming in the tube and keeping it clear.

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Water leaking from refrigerator


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.

If you just want to clean it you may can access it from the rear behind the cardboard backing. If it's overflowing your water filter may be stopped up or you may have had an excessive amount of frost one time.

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