How to Clean the Drain Hose on a Whirlpool Refrigerator

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If you've ever opened your Whirlpool refrigerator and seen a puddle of sticky liquid or water at the bottom, there's a good chance that your refrigerator drain hose needs a good cleaning. The drain hose on a Whirlpool refrigerator allows condensation and other liquids to drain out of the cabinet and into the drain pan below. If the hose is blocked, liquid won't drain. Even if the drain isn't blocked, it's a good idea to clean the drain hose on your Whirlpool refrigerator periodically to keep it from getting stopped up.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Plastic tubing
  • Container
  • Warm water
  • Bleach
  • Turn off the power for the Whirlpool refrigerator. Either unplug the refrigerator, or, if the power cord is in a hard-to-reach spot, cut the power for the circuit where the refrigerator is plugged in at the main circuit breaker.

  • Open the refrigerator door. Remove any items that may be on the bottom shelf or in the crispers.

  • Locate the drain hose opening. The location of this can vary from Whirlpool model to Whirlpool model. The opening is approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and is located at the lowest part of the refrigerator cabinet. Clean off any food debris or spills at the bottom of the cabinet with a damp washcloth to help locate the opening, if needed.

  • Insert a piece of flexible tubing into the drain hose opening. Continue gently pressing the tubing forward until you feel it exit the end of the drain opening.

  • Mix a capful of bleach together with a half gallon of warm water. Carefully pour the mixture into the drain opening.

  • Remove the grill from the bottom of the Whirlpool refrigerator. These may be held in place with screws or bolts. Use the appropriate tool as needed. Pull out the drain pan located beneath the bottom of the refrigerator.

  • Pour out the liquid inside the drain pan into the sink. Replace the pan. Pour another mixture of water and bleach through the hose and empty the pan again. Repeat this process until the liquid that appears in the pan is clear and free of debris.

  • Replace the drain pan and grill. Restore power to the refrigerator. Replace any food you removed.

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