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If the refrigerator is of the frost free type, and most all are today, the unit has a defrost cycle where the compressor is shutdown and a heater comes on to melt the ice buildup on the evaporator coil. This water has to go from a drip pan under the evaporator coil down a rubberized or plastic tube to another pan at the bottom of the fridge where it evaporates. Either this hose is blocked or the opening to the hose is blocked. Find the hose (usually on the back of the unit) and run a long wire with a small piece of cloth attached to the end of the wire to get it flowing again. Your water in the veggies comes from the overflow of the upper pan into the inside of the fridge.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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