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Drain pan cracked

LisaH

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Jun 17, 2012
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Location
Kansas
Model Number
MBL2556KES2
Brand
Maytag
Age
1-5 years
My husband and I have noticed water under our Maytag fridge with bottom freezer for the past several months. It's not consistently there and we couldn't determine the cause. Today we checked the drain inside the back of the freezer and found that was fine. We opened the back of the fridge and discovered that the plastic drain pan is cracked. We can't figure out how to remove this so that we can replace it. Is there any easy way to accomplish this?

thanks!
Lisa
 

rickgburton

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If you remove the two screws holding the condenser fan motor bracket and then remove the condenser fan motor and bracket assembly (front left corner is held in by a metal tab that slides under another metal tab) the pan should come out.
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vavaroutsos

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I have the same exact problem. I think the pan has a design flaw, as the thin section is too rigid and cracks from vibration.

I can't figure out how to get it out either. The fan assembly is too tall to slide out the back, and it can't be tilted in any direction that helps. The pan is also held by one of the compressor mounting bolts. It extends from the left to right side of the cabinet and is blocked by the coils in front, so there's not many directions it can move in. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

~petev
 

rickgburton

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Take the condensor fan motor and bracket out first, see the above diagram.
 

vavaroutsos

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Rick, thanks for the quick reply. i have a Jenn-Air JFC2290VEP0. maybe it's slightly different, but i can't even see how to get the condenser fan motor and bracket out. it's held in by two screws and metal tabs as described. however, i can't see any way to manipulate it to get it out.

thanks,

~petev
 

rickgburton

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On your model you might have to remove the two screws on each side of the lower cabinet then tilt the refrigerator forward. That should give you enough room to get it out.
 

icecube_pmb

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I have the same exact problem. I think the pan has a design flaw, as the thin section is too rigid and cracks from vibration.

You may be onto something. Our fridge had the cracked drain pan at the 6months mark, had it replaced. Fast fowarded 2 years later, today had the replacement replaced. Same crack, same spot.

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Good news is, the new replacement drain pan is made of an entirely different more flexible material. Guess they know it is a design flaw. Now to convince Kitchenaid to own up to this oversight as we had to pay out of pocket to repair this time. :(

new pan.PNG
 

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