Water produced during the defrost cycle in your Whirlpool refrigerator model WRF535SMHZ travels through the drain pipe and into the drain pan. Ice build up on the floor of your freezer, or water leaking from your appliance indicates the drain pipe is either damaged or a clog has formed. Replacing the defective drain pipe is the best way to eliminate the leakage and ice problem.
How to Replace the Drain Pipe in Your Whirlpool Refrigerator
Before starting your repair, you’ll need to unplug your appliance and turn off its water supply. Work gloves and safety goggles need to be worn to protect you from injury.
If a sheet of ice is covering your freezer’s floor, you’ll need to thaw it out before you can replace the drain pipe. After all the ice has defrosted, slide your refrigerator forward to gain access to its bottom, rear panel. Once you have enough room to work, unthread the screws that secure the bottom panel to the refrigerator. Remove the panel, and take a moment to clean its grill for better airflow before you set it and aside.
For easier access, disconnect the wire harness that sits in front of the drain pipe, and carefully push the wires down and out of the way. Now pull out the old drain pipe. Once the pipe is removed, inspect the drain outlet where the drain tube was attached. If there is a small rubber piece covering the tube, pull it off and throw it out.
Slide the spacer that came with your new drain pipe over the drain outlet. Make sure you push the spacer all the way to the top of the outlet; otherwise, the connection won’t be secure. Next, attach the top of the new drain pipe to drain outlet. The top of the pipe should rest against the compartment’s ceiling. Then, insert the bottom of the drain pipe onto the drain pan fitting.
Reconnect the wire harness located in front of the drain pipe, and secure the bottom, rear panel to the refrigerator with the screws you took out earlier.
Once your appliance is reassembled, plug it back in and turn on its water supply. For the next few days, keep an eye on your refrigerator to make sure it’s not leaking, and don’t forget to peek inside your freezer a few times a day to ensure there isn’t a sheet of ice covering the compartment’s floor.
If you’re having a hard time replacing your refrigerator’s drain pipe or you don’t believe the pipe is the cause of your appliance’s malfunction, please contact us today to schedule an appliance repair appointment.