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Whirlpool side-by-side fridge leaks water from compressor?


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#1 je

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:06 AM

Ive got a Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator (it's from about 1996) that makes a nice-sized block of ice at the bottom every day. If I don't stay on it it will grow so large to leak out the door.

A couple of weeks ago, when the weather was warmer and just as humid, it wouldnt do this for a week or so, now it's back worse than before.

Ive peeked inside, which doesn't look to my eyes much like the schematics on this site. :huh:

Thing is I can see water runs coming from what looks to be the compressor area. There's a grille at the back of the freezer these come from. Water can be heard dripping and freezing, it's kinda cool (no pun intended). I've highlighted the trails of water in this picture.

? I can't figure out what might be wrong.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:26 AM

You have a blocked drain in the middle back there, just under where those vent holes are. Some warm water (a turkey baster is excellent for this) will open it up. Unusual to see this on a Whirlpool-built unit (more so on GEs), but not unheard of.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 01:42 PM

OK I'll do that... is there a tray in the back to clear dust out of, that's keeping water in the tube? Moving the fridge will scratch the floor.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 11:44 AM

:withstupid:

I unplugged the drain and thought it was done with... now it's back and angry at me.

I think I put the temperature in the freezer to a little warmer (don't remember) and it must be cleared daily again.

The doors don't get opened often.

How can I play with the temperature settings to reduce this happening? Should they be very cold or not very cold??


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Posted 07 January 2007 - 11:50 AM

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 12:02 PM

Well thanks. :huh:

If I ordered that 'thing', would it be shipped to Canada? Ive ordered something from that site before, they refused to ship to Canada.

Maybe you could give a part number or tell what it is.


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Posted 07 January 2007 - 12:09 PM

frozen drain trough kit  whirlpool part #819043,and yes,i believe you are right they don't ship to canada, try sears or whirlpool
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Posted 07 January 2007 - 01:59 PM

That looks to be a strap though, not a heater - I wonder if a heater could be fitted to the freezer. There's no electrical connection to the drain.

What wattage are the heater elements in other freezers? i'll have to look to see if a heating element is sold at Sears.


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Posted 07 January 2007 - 03:56 PM

Whaddo I know. I looked in the freezer today and there's the heater on, under the cooling coils.

Unfortunately this is the time that the flooding happens. The heater must be too far from the drain (which has frozen) and the problem only gets worse.

The bottom section of the element doesn't seem to be glowing. So what is the thing for then.

What can be done? Change the setting of the cold? Replace the heater? It was just fine for a few months in fact...  not any more.


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Posted 07 January 2007 - 04:22 PM

je, try kdog's strap.it wraps around the heater and transfers heat to the drain. also, make sure your box is tilted toward the back. a fridge that tilts forward is asking for drain trouble.




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