Model #ET1CHMXKT04 WHIRLPOOL Top-Mount Refrigerator

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Ice Maker Ice Smells Bad ET1CHMXKT04 Whirlpool Top-mount refrigerator


Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern about the odor in the ice. There is an in line filter # 4378411 that can be installed in the water supply line to the fridge. Now, most hardware stores will also carry some in line water filters. If the water supply line to the fridge is plastic, it will also need to be replaced with a copper line. I would also recommend taking the icemaker out and clean it with some warm water and a mild detergent. Then rinse it out good. This can be done at the kitchen sink.

If water is leaking in the fridge section, it indicates the drain is frozen. Every time the unit goes into a defrost cycle, water will run down into the refrigerator, instead of down the drain. To clear the drain, remove everything in the freezer, so the back panel can be removed. First disconnect power to the unit. With the panel removed, you will see the evaporator coil and directly under the coil is the drain trough (pan). The trough will probably be full of ice that will need to be removed. A hair dryer works well for this. Just be careful not to get it too hot. With the ice out of the trough, you will be able to see the drain hole, which will be plugged with ice. Use hot water to clear the drain hole. Keep working the hot water into the hole and wiping the excess water. This can take quite awhile, depending on how deep the ice is. This will need to be done until you get a good water flow down to the bottom drain pan. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and I will be glad to assist you further.   If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:  Sears Home Services.     _Safety Notice_: Be sure to disconnect the appliance before performing any troubleshooting procedures. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks or repairs that might be recommended, please contact a local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.  


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Scott D -
Sears Technician
October 07, 2013

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