We have a fairly new Whirlpool refrigerator. It is a Model #ET1CHEXVQ04, 21 cubic foot, freezer
on top model - very standard, utilitarian, nothing fancy. The interior temperature controls are the old-fashioned dials - so, there are **NO** digital buttons and/or displays.
It's only been approximately 6 or 7 months since we purchased it from Lowe's.
During the past month or two, it's started to **LEAK**. Every few days to a week or so, we will see a **PUDDLE of WATER** on the floor, next to it. I've pulled it out and gotten in the back and looked inside it with a flashlight, but do not see anything to indicate what's wrong or what's causing the leak.
Looking at it from the back, there is a discharge tube and a plastic pan on the left side of the refrigerator, but there is no water in that pan. The water seems to come from the center to right side of the refrigerator - opposite the side where the drip pan is located.
I'm wondering if perhaps there is some sort of "BLOCKAGE" in the drip tube which is causing the water to somehow "OVERFLOW" to the other side? On the side where it seems the water originates, when I look at it - the mechanical components, refrigeration coils, etc, etc - are all **JAMMMED** in so **TIGHTLY** that I can't see or make out anything at all.
For the moment, the refrigerator & freezer "SEEMS" to be working fine in terms of keeping cool / cold enough. However, the fact that the leaking / puddling of water seems to happen on a fairly regular basis is obviously cause for concern.
I did not get the "optional extended coverage / warranty" for the extra 2 or 3 years at the time of purchase. Our last refrigerator was also a Whirlpool - almost identical to this new one. The major difference was that it was a "Whirlpool Gold" and had fancier interior trays, containers, etc.
That old Whirlpool lasted us over 15 or 16 years so I didn't feel that there was a need to get the extended warranty coverage. Now, I'm starting to think that maybe I made a **BIG MISTAKE** in not buying the optional extended warranty.
I have not yet checked with Whirlpool directly to see if the standard warranty covers anything worthwhile.... Any thoughts and/or suggestions as to the best way to handle this?