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Collected water in evaporator pan does not

The forementoned Fridgidaire model has an evaporator pan that sits atop the condenser. Collected water in evaporator pan does not evaporate enough. Too much water collects and constantly pours on to floor. Can the drip tube be safely connected to an extension tube emptying directly to a floor drain, and therefore bypass the collection pan?

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You obviously live in a high humidity area.(or you are putting warm/uncovered food inside) but the answer is yes,or you could collect the water to use on you indoor plants.........better than tap water...

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Water on the bottom inside the fridge

Hello Simon Kaloussdian,

I dearly love refrigerators... if for nothing else... they sit
for decades working their hearts out... usually to never be given a second thought .

I'm looking at your 280 day old Daewoo top freezer
report... (only by researching your history)...
INFO: Country, features, history & model number?

So... no door service... water/ice service ELIMINATES
a lot of concerns... You are basically looking at
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From your previous issue...
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Your DEFROST circuit... routinely removes it...
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FIND YOUR original parts list / owners manual
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Hello Mary;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

It is normal to have water in your evaporator drain pan.

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You drain pan will fill during the defrost cycles. the condenser fan blow across the drain pan and will evaporate the water.

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Mary, you had just happened up the drain pan not completely evaporating the condensate.

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