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Water/condensation in both dairy tray and bottom of fridge

Westinghouse Frost Free Model RJ390M
We have water/condensation accumulating in both the dairy tray and bottom of the fridge. The water is not able to drip from the dairy tray to the bottom of the fridge making it difficult to determine a single problem source other than condensation. We have had the thermost set at 2-3 ''cold'' whereas a sticker inside the fridge recommends the setting should be 7-9 ''coldest end'' in cold weather. This seems wrong way around, nevertheless I have now adjusted the thermostst to the lower setting.

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  • digitor Dec 17, 2008

    Thanks TheMobilian but I am not sure how a "frost free" works and if there is a defrost drain. There is no defrost cycle as I undestand. Also the door seals are all in excellent condition. Thanks again, Digitor

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My guess is you have a blocked defrost drain. The water instead of going down its drain goes down the backside of the frig and pools up under the crispers. Blow out the defrost drain. The only other thing to look for is bad door gaskets.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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    Dan Webster Dec 17, 2008

    Remmove the access panel to the freezer sction. You will reveal the evaporator fan and coils, the heater terminator and the drain. frost turns to water. water has to go soewhere. if it do't go below then it poos up and turns into a big old headache.

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