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There is at least a cup of water a day in the evaporation tray. is this normal?

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This is only normal in an environment of high humidity. My question is the condenser fan blowing over the condensate pan and is the air hot enough to evaporate the water that is in the pan? Has covers been removed on the rear of the refrigerator that may cause a different flow of air. Are all covers in there correct place and not missing panels that could change the flow of air over the pan? Let me know, Thanks, Sea Breeze

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

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No, it's not normal for it to be over flowing. Check to make sure you have the temps set correctly. Timer/electronic control on these units have been known to "run" too long, causing the evap to build up too much frost before going into defrost mode. Check to make surre to that you don't have signs of "moisture" around the doors, if you do then you have a door gasket leaking air into the frig or freezer causing excessive moisture within the evap coils.

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