How to Repair a Drain Pan Overflow in a Whirlpool Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Many homeowners are unaware of the drain pan located in the bottom of their refrigerator until it begins to overflow.

Inspect the Drain Pan

The purpose of the drain pan is to collect water as it drips from the evaporator coils behind the refrigerator. The water then evaporates into air, which is pulled from the kitchen through the front grille on the refrigerator by the condenser fan. If the condenser fan fails, the water in the drain pan will not evaporate quickly enough, and in especially humid environments, this will lead to an overflowing drain pan.

Step 1

Remove the bottom grille on the front of the refrigerator by removing the screws that secure it in place then pulling the grille away from the cabinet.

Step 2

Pull the drain pan out of the bottom compartment. Use care, when removing the pan, to avoid spilling any water inside.

Step 3

Empty the drain pan then inspect it for damage. If it's damaged, replace the pan.

Step 4

Reinstall the drain pan into the refrigerator's lower compartment then replace the grille.

Replace the Condenser Fan Motor

Step 1

Pull the refrigerator away from the wall then unplug the appliance from the wall outlet.

Step 2

Remove the screws that secure the lower-rear access panel then remove the panel.

Step 3

Remove the screws that secure the condenser fan motor bracket in place.

Step 4

Pull the condenser fan motor bracket away from the refrigerator then disconnect the wire connector from the refrigerator's wire harness.

Step 5

Remove the fan motor and bracket from the refrigerator.

Step 6

Hold the fan blade and remove the bolt at the center of the blade with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Remove the blade.

Step 7

Remove the bolts that secure the fan motor to the bracket then remove the fan.

Step 8

Transfer the wire harness from the old motor to the new motor if necessary. To do this, cut the wires connected to the wire harness as close to the old fan motor as possible. Strip approximately 1/2-inch of shielding from the wires on the new motor and from the wires on the end of the old wire harness. Connect the neutral wire from the new motor to the neutral wire on the wire harness with a wire nut. The neutral wire has ribbed shielding. Connect the other wires together with a wire nut.

Step 9

Secure the new motor to the motor bracket with the bolts that were removed from the old motor.

Step 10

Reinstall the fan blade onto the fan motor shaft.

Step 11

Connect the wire connector to the refrigerator's wire harness then install the fan assembly. Use the screws that were removed to secure the bracket into position.

Step 12

Replace the lower access panel of the refrigerator, plug the appliance back into the wall outlet then push the refrigerator back against the wall.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire nuts

About the Author

Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.