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Nor-Lake walk-in cooler water leak

13 years old Nor-Lake walk-in cooler$ freezer both have water leaking problem through ceiling panel for quit some time. Both evaporator pan has been replaced but still have same issue. The cooler unit shows rusty water. Any suggestions?

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    The cooler is leaking water from the unit

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The evaporator drains into pan with a coil from the discharge line. The design is intented to sub-cool the liquid refrigertant as well as evaporate the condensation from the coil. Unfortunately the engineer started as career a shipping clerk and never received any further training.  There isn't enough heat or running time to evaporate the condensation from the coil.
The solution is fairly simple
A plastic tube  drains water out of the evaporator in the pan. You can extend the tube and add a defrost pan handled by your refrigeration wholesaler. Wire it so it is on whenever there is power to the unit.  This should get rid of the excess water. These pans are also used on some self contained coolers and freezers. They come in either 120 volts or 220 volts. kasgirls@tds.net

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