Whirlpool ET19RMXGW02 fridge leaking water to inside


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Old 04-04-22, 11:11 AM
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Whirlpool ET19RMXGW02 fridge leaking water to inside

Visiting Mom, trying to diagnose this water leak. The vegetable bin had about 4 inches of water, but the leak occurs inside the main fridge cabinet at the component in the picture. Needing some diagnostic help: the icemaker appears to be working normally. The drip pan behind the bottom rear panel in back is dry and has a layer of dried up sludge.

Need a clue for the clueless: what's my next step? Thanks!
 
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Old 04-04-22, 09:54 PM
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It's not the icemaker. It's a clog in the condensate drain system.

The evap coil is in the freezer. There is a plastic cover over it. Behind that is the actual cold coil. At the bottom is a drip tray with what looks like a funnel in the middle. When the fridge defrosts the water runs down thru the funnel into a drain hose and then discharges into the drain pan under the fridge.
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Your picture looks familiar. Many of these fridges have what looks like a funnel in the fridge directly under the evap coil. This is where the water drains from the freezer. It's here because it won't freeze. This is the easy system to clean. That little box should be removable. If you can't get it off you can squirt fairly hot water and bleach down it. That will flush the line out. Do it several times.

Water drips down from the freezer into that piece. Then drains out the back thru a hose.

 
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PJMax, thanks for your response, and sorry i didn't reply sooner- i'm juggling between family visits and vacation visits to the local venues.

I'm not seeing that collection cup in your picture. I removed the cover on the interior fridge ceiling (the one in my picture); it has a styrofoam liner and is stained as if it carried water at one time. Is it possible water is meant to run down the back of the fridge, and pool on the ledge in the bottom? There is a plastic raised something (photo) on that ledge, situated above the drain pan, so i wonder if that's the outlet.

 
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Old 04-07-22, 11:52 AM
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No. The water should not run down the inside. It's supposed to go into the pan underneath.
You will need to take the freezer apart.
 
 

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