How to Repair a Leaking Whirlpool Refrigerator That Has a Freezer on Top
Dec 14, 2016
A refrigerator that is leaking water has an issue somewhere within the defrost and dehumidifying mechanisms of the unit. There are many minor issues that can be remedied and may repair a leaking Whirlpool refrigerator, provided that refrigerator is leaking water. If, on the other hand, the refrigerator is leaking coolant, an authorized service center will have to be called and a technician will have to make the repair. If a water leak is your issue, there are a few easy fixes you can attempt yourself.
Sources of Water
There are basically only two sources of water inside of a refrigerator and freezer. The first is the water lines attached to an automatic ice maker or water dispenser, if you model has either of those options. The second is the automatic defrosting mechanism and its draining system in the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Water is not itself used in the method of cooling within the refrigerator and freezer, so any leaking water is coming from one of the two aforementioned sources.
Check the water supply lines leading to your automatic ice maker and any water dispensers or filtration systems included in the door of your refrigerator. A loose fitting can leak more water than you might expect, so ensure all fittings are tight and all hoses and lines are free from kinks, cracks and any signs of damage.
Inside your refrigerator and freezer compartments, typically near the back wall, is a small indentation. This is the defrost drain, which takes water and ice that accumulates on the walls of the refrigerator and freezer and drains it down to the drain pan on the bottom of the unit. These drains can become clogged with food debris or ice. Wipe the drain with a solution of warm water and mild soap and pour a small amount of warm water and vinegar down the drain. Check to ensure that the system is flowing freely and the water quickly drains.
The drain pan is the final destination for any drained water from the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Located at the bottom of the unit, typically behind a grill, it is placed near the heat-generating condenser and compressor. A fan is used to keep air moving across the pan, encouraging evaporation of the waste water. If the pan is dirty or has not been seated properly, you may experience overflows and find water leaking onto your floor. Remove the pan and wipe it clean with soap and water. Reseat the pan and ensure that it is reinstalled properly and is level.