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Condensation is forming the freezer compartment of our refrigerator and freezing in the bottim of the freezer. I have cleaned the coils, etc and cleand out the freezer to a mimium of food. Whynis the condensation forming?? jwacker42

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Hello,

Before you delve into any electrical appliance and especially something like a refrigerator, it is extremely important to switch off the refrigerator and unplug it from the power source. If you are skeptical about your food going bad, there is no need to be worried, because it would not be the case. Even if the refrigerator is switched off, the cooling which has already happened will keep the food from spoiling. After you have switched off the power of your refrigerator, you would find a grill like cover panel at the bottom front part. Unscrew or remove this panel by snapping it off, you can do either depending on its setting. Then find a plug point for your vacuum cleaner as you are soon going to need it.

You have already set the vacuum cleaner, so just turn it on. Use the attachment of the wand and nozzle, your condenser cleaning equipment for cleaning out all the dirt and grime collected beneath the refrigerator. Get rid of as much dust as you can from the condenser. The nozzle attachment will be more helpful in cleaning the coils. Once you are done with the coils, check out the cover plate which would also be dirty. Clean out the grills from that cover plate. Hot bleach water will do wonders to clean the plate. Before you re-install the cover plate let it dry.

Take care.

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