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Water is leaking inside of the refrigerator on the
I have a Whirlpool Top-mount refrigerator. Whirlpool also manufactures many of the Kenmore refrigerators.
A few weeks ago I noticed a puddle of water on the top right
shelf in the refrigerator section. I figured out that it must be the water
that forms during the defrost cycle and normally drains down through a
tube in the back into an evaporator tray beneath the refrigerator. Something was preventing the water from draining away and instead it was dripping through the overflow holes from the freezer into the refrigerator section.
I emptied the freezer and took off the back panel. It
actually wouldn't come off at first because all the water beneath the
defrost heater which should have been draining out the drain hole was
frozen into one solid block of ice. I used a hair dryer to melt the ice
(took a while - be patient) and then took off the panel.
To melt all the rest of the ice in the drain tube I used the hair dryer. To clear out the ice in the drain tube, I used a turkey baster
and kept putting down hot water until I heard water making it down to
the evaporator tray beneath the refrigerator.
The following mod is "try at your own risk" (I wouldn't do this if you still have warranty coverage - call a tech instead):
I made this modification to prevent the problem from recurring (at
least that's the hope): Wrapped a piece of wire (unbent a large paper
clip) around the defrost cycle heater and stuck it into the drain hole.
The theory is that the wire will heat up every time the defrost cycle
runs and will keep the drain hole from freezing shut.
One thing I noticed during this repair concerns the drip pan beneath the defrost heater in the freezer (this is the pan that collects the water that is melted off the coils during defrosting). The drip pan does not seem to be angled properly so that the water will drain normally towards the drain hole. I guess water could remain behind then freeze later. I reported this to Whirlpool.
on Jul 13, 2020
Even though I connected the waterline,there is no
BACK OF THE FRIDGE IS THE WATER VALVE. UNPLUG THE OUTLET WATER OF THE VALVES, LEAVE THE INLET CONNECTED. APPLY 120 TO THE VALVE AND SEE IF WATER COMES OUT. MOST LIKELY YOU HAVE TWO VALVE, WATER AND ICE. IF THEY BOTH WORK, YOU HAVE A BAD MODULE IN THE ICEMAKER
TIMOTHY DO 714-334-1998
on Jul 02, 2020
Fridge not cold
my freezer is over freezing and my fridge is not cold. I have a whirlpool where the freezer is on top and the fridge is on the bottom. I need guidence in trying to figure out the problem.
on Oct 12, 2017
Have a 28 year old Kenmore refrigerator, model 8604481. Made in 1988. I'm getting frost over the lower vents in the freezer. The coils and all look fine after taking off the back.
Hello Mr. Groeger,
I was not able to match the model number for your refrigerator, but given the age of the unit, the number may have been discontinued or changed. I am going to assume that the unit has a defrosting system.
If you have it, refer to your owner's manual. There should also be a schematic of the unit attached on the back or near the bottom.
At 28 years old, there could be multiple issues, but if you are handy and familiar with a volt-ohm-meter, you can check some items yourself.
1. Make sure the compressor is indeed running. Before you unplug the unit, check the evaporator fan inside the freezer compartment to be sure it runs. If the compressor or fan isn't running, it's possible that a component in the defrost system is preventing the compressor from running.
-----Turn off the power and unplug the unit to check these items-----------
2. Check the defrost thermostat - it is located in the freezer compartment but will require that remove the back or side panel in the freezer to expose the evaporator coil.
3. Check the defrost timer - they are usually located near the compressor but you may have to hunt a little
4. Check the defrost heating element - it is also located in the freezer compartment and requires that the panel covering the evaporator (coil) be removed. Once you expose the evaporator, it's possible that the coil will be completely iced up which is a symptom of a defrost system problem.
5. Look for any burnt wiring in the freezer compartment. When a defrost thermostat fails they will sometimes burn out.
6. If all these items are ok, you may have to check the compressor circuit or look for a refrigerant leak (if the compressor won't run).
Here is a link to some standard parts for a typical refrigerator. If you find a bad part, you could contact this company or any other you wish. I do not work for this company.
on Jul 15, 2015
Freezer gets fool of frost on walls of freezer only
if its both sides and the top... possible causes; door not sealing all the way around, icemaker stalling and heating raising temp in freezer, or the airflow is blocked.... if it is frosting only on the back wall its a defrost issue..... more info is needed to narrow this down for you
on Oct 10, 2014
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