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FIXED Water collects inside sealed lower compartment of ET1CHEXVT03 Whirlpool refrigerator (video)

Linda K

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Location
California
Model Number
ET1CHEXVT03
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
More than 10 years

Water collects inside bottom sealed area of refrigerator below the lower storage bins. When we press on it, we can hear and feel it sloshing, but can't see it. It is so full of water that the storage bins no longer slide into place.

We unplugged the refrigerator and inserted a flexible narrow tube about 42" up the drain tube that leads to the drip pan. It didn't appear to be clogged, although not much water came out. Drain pan was mostly dry.

There has never been any visible water or ice in the refrigerator or freezer.

When we plugged the refrigerator back in yesterday, the refrigerator area has been very slow to get back to correct temperature, and the outside of the refrigerator feels unusually hot.

Any suggestions what is causing this water buildup inside the sealed compartment?

Thanks.
 

Jake

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Hi, Yes I see the video. Its likely the drain hole underneath the evaporator coils inside the freezer is clogged with ice and won't drain the defrost water to your drain pan.

You have to take everything out of the freezer and take the shelves out and take the ice maker out, if you have one(should be 2 screws on the top support brackets of your ice maker that you loosen, then some have 1 screw below the ice maker that you remove, then the ice maker lifts up and out, then remove the electrical connector where it connects to, its just unsnaps), then remove the back access panel #16 HERE

Then you will see your evaporator coil #5 HERE

Then the drain trough is #7 in that diagram, get a hair dryer and hot water to clear the drain trough and drain hole of ice build-up.

Once all the ice is out, try to run hot water down the defrost drain hole, also run something down the defrost drain hole, like a little rotor router snake.

I use a evaporator cooler spider snake: https://www.azpartsmaster.com/products/24-evaporative-cooler-flexible-spider-snake_913

They are used basically in Arizona to clean out the water pump tubes that run to the cooler pads.

I don't know if they would sell them in your area, but if you go to your local hardware store, they should have something similar to run down your drain to clean it completely out.

Then pour a little bleach down the drain hole.

Unplug your refrigerator before you do all this first!

Jake
 

Linda K

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Thank you so much for your answer and linking us to the illustration of parts. We actually defrosted the refrigerator last week for a few hours after we tried to clean the drain line from below.

We have left the refrigerator away from the wall so we can monitor the drain line. It appears to drip about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup water every 8 hours. Do you think the drain line is clear now?

However, the bottom sealed area (insulation area) remains entirely full of water. Before the defrost, the storage bins were hard to pull in and out, but after the defrost, the area is so engorged and swollen that the bins don't fit at all.

We also turned off the water to the ice maker in case that was leaking somewhere.

Right now we are just monitoring the refrigerator. About 24 hours after the defrost, it finally got back to a safe temperature. Thanks again for your help.
 

Jake

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We have left the refrigerator away from the wall so we can monitor the drain line. It appears to drip about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup water every 8 hours. Do you think the drain line is clear now?
Hopefully.:)

Jake
 
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