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Model number old fridge and still keeping cool....the problem is the water collecting pan is filling very fast and it has never done that the past month and a half the pan has over flowed twice!!! this a problem that will lead to a bigger problem? im strapped for cash so i cant buy another one...can this problem be fixed?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Drain Pan overflowing

Refrigerators use different methods to eliminate the water, but they all use evaporation of some sort.This works,as most of the water in the drain pan comes from melted ice on the evaporator coil during the defrost cycle, and this is not very much. It sounds like you have excessive water in the pan. You stated the freezer/fredge is working properly. The condenser fan is running, I assume. Cleaning the dust off the coil will help the air flow. Most residential units do not have heating element in the drain pan. Your problem sounds like you are getting too much water in the pan. Have you noticed excessive ice in the freezer? Are the door gaskets in good shape. Does the unit have water and ice in the door? If so, where does the drain to, and has there been high usage of this?

Posted on Nov 11, 2007

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SOURCE: fridge does not cool


Sounds like ice built up on the evaporator coils inside the freezer. thus hindering air flow to the refridgerator section. Is there ice build up in the freezer? This is assuming the temperature control didn't get changed inadverttily.

Hope this helps

Posted on Jan 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Overflowing drip pan under the fridge

for reallybsq
problem could be door seals not sealing completely and hence excessive ice formed on evaporator and excess water when it melts. however, i have found this problem many times with large larder fridges and really found no cure.

for guest.
towards the bottom of the back wall, there is a gulley with a drain hole in the middle. this drain is blocked. clear it with something flexible and make sure water flows away freely

Posted on Sep 07, 2008

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SOURCE: condensate pan fills w/ water

Hi Packer,

Q: "OK. So, if the icemaker supply line has a leak @ the fitting, how is that water going from the freezer to underneath the fridge into the pan."

A: Only in the weirdest circumstance can this happen. There would have to be a crack in the valve body perfectly positioned so as to spray water directly into the drain pan and not any where else (like, the floor for instance). You'd also be able to see such a leak with your eyes and since you haven't mentioned it, I assume a bad valve or loose fitting is most definitely NOT the problem.

Q: "Problem seems to be worse in the spring and summer months when warmer."

This kinda leads me to think that you may live toward the south eastern part or extreme north west of the US where spring and summer humidity is notorious. As temp's outside rise in this part of the country, the air is able to absorb much more moisture than cold or cooler air can. Each time you open the freezer door, cold air "dumps" out (stand in front of the fridge with bare feet and open the freezer door... you'll feel the cold air dumping). When this happens, warm (moisture laden) air rushes IN to fill the void left by the escaped cold air. When you close the freezer door the warm air is trapped inside and the freezer does its' job by promptly removing the heat from it. When the heat is removed (at the evaporator coil), the moisture in the warm air condenses out and forms as frost on the coils.

Every 8-12 hours, your fridge will go into its' defrost cycle to remove/melt the frost from the coils. The defrost cycle lasts for ~20 minutes or until the evaporator compartment reaches 55 degrees, whichever comes first. The melt-water flows through the drain, down a drain tube and dumps into the condensate pan where it is left to once again evaporate right back into the air from where it came. (Kinda like the whole "cycle-of-life" thing, right?) The drain pan is in the bottom of the fridge for a reason. It utilizes the heat in this area to more rapidly evaporate the water in the pan.

Now to tackle your situation. I have to be completely honest... I really don't know why your water isn't evaporating quickly enough. These drain pans are DESIGNED for "worst case scenario" amount of evaporator frost run off and should be able to keep up with it.

Q: "So, do you think it's just a matter of making sure the coils are clean for proper airflow to evaporate the water. If not, junk it?"

A: Yes to the coil and airflow question and No to the "junk it" part. I'm going to recommend as a solution to your problem an after-market part installation that is designed to fix just this situation. It's called a "Condensate Pan Heater". These are used frequently on high-end residential and commercial refrigeration units that generate A LOT of evaporator frost run off. The part I'm going to direct you to is a 15 Watt heater designed to be submerged in water (like an aquarium heater is).

OK, please follow this link to see what I'm talking about. First look at #1 and #2... you'll notice that they look like heating elements in an oven. You'll also note that they are a MUCH higher wattage than #3. The first two heaters are used in large, commercial equipment, whereas #3 is used as an after market residential "add-on" pan heater. It works by simply heating the water in the pan to facilitate a faster evaporation process thereby eliminating the overflow problem... simple, huh?

All you'll need to do to install it is to wire it in parallel with the condenser fan motor and place the heater loop in the pan. That's it!

If you require additional info on the exact steps for wiring this heater in, just let me know.

OH!!! I almost forgot 2 very important things. The first one is that when you install the heater, make sure that you HAVE THE REFRIGERATOR UNPLUGGED!!! The second thing was where you can order the heater... Follow this link to a vendor.

There ya go, Packer. If this solution was satisfactory, please don't forget to rate it as "FixYa".


Posted on May 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Amana energy saver not keeping fridge section cool enough. HELP!

if there is frost build up on rear wall of freezer section the unit is not going through defrost cycle which builds up frost on evaporator and restricts cold air flow to the fresh food section. one of three things are bad. defrost heater, defrost thermostat or defrost timer. if no frost on rear wall you might be low of freon.

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