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I have a regrigirator unit that doesn't have a freezer and it has condensate pooling in the bottom and dripping out of the front.

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I removed the back panel from the inside of the refrigerator were the coils are and cleaned the drain that goes to the tray in the bottom. The condensate from the coils was just overflowing into the bottom of the refrigerator.

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