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WHY DOES WATER ACCUMULATE UNDER THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE DRAWER IN THE REFRIGERATOR?

Have you opened the fridge to get something to eat and suddenly found that a fair amount of water has accumulated under the fruit and vegetable drawers? You wiped it away once, then again, but the water keeps coming back. If you look closely, you may have noticed ice around the refrigerator compartment drainage hole. Also, you may have noticed an unpleasant smell in the refrigerator. What is it? A malfunction?

Let us say at once that the presence of moisture inside the refrigerating chamber is admissible only on the back wall and only for refrigerators with a drip defrosting system. Under the drawers, it should not be present at all. However, if you have detected water in the fridge compartment it does not always mean the failure of any unit component.

Determine the type of your refrigerator
In order to understand the cause of water under the drawers for vegetables and fruits inside the refrigerator, first, find out the structure of the refrigerating chamber of your unit. In modern two-compartment refrigerators, it can be of two types:

With a drip defrosting system. This type includes models of refrigerators with the so-called “weeping back wall”. They work as follows. Behind the back wall of the chamber is the evaporator of the refrigerator compartment. During the cooling cycle, it and the rear wall of the chamber are covered with frost. When the set temperature in the refrigerating compartment is reached (usually from +4°C to +8°C) the cooling stops, and the temperature of the evaporator and the rear wall increases, tending to the values in the chamber. As a result, the frost begins to melt, and water droplets form on the rear wall of the cooling compartment and drain into the drain hole at the bottom of the chamber. This cycle is called defrosting. The moisture then travels through the drain hose to a special reservoir where it is completely evaporated. The reservoir is located directly above or near the compressor of the refrigerator.

With the No Frost system. In refrigerators with the No Frost system, there is no evaporator in the fridge compartment. The evaporator of the freezer compartment cools it. The fan located behind it forcibly banishes the air from the freezing and refrigerating chamber through the evaporator. When passing through it, the air is cooled and supplied to the foodstuffs through the system of channels. Most of it goes to the freezing chamber and the rest to the refrigerating chamber through an additional channel. The cold air inflow into the refrigerating compartment is regulated by a special air shutter. It closes according to the reed sensor when the set temperature is reached in the chamber (from +4°Ñ to +8°Ñ) and opens again when the temperature rises.

Drip-through defrost system: eliminate the cause of water in the refrigerating compartment by yourself.
1. Drain hose or opening blocked. If water regularly accumulates in a refrigerator with a “crying” evaporator underneath the fruit and vegetable drawer, it is likely that there is a clogged drain. Its purpose is to lead melted water out of the refrigerator compartment into a special tank located near the compressor. Drain clogging occurs due to the peculiarities of the drip defrosting system: dust, crumbs, leftovers, etc., can get into the drain hole together with the drops of melting water. (due to which an unpleasant smell may appear in the refrigerator). When the drain is clogged, the water cannot escape. It sits in the drain, and the excess flows to the bottom of the refrigerator compartment, just under the drawers. During the cooling cycle, the water in the drain often freezes, and ice forms in and around the drain hole. Prolonged neglect of a clogged drain hole can cause the refrigerator compartment evaporator to freeze (it will not have time to thaw) and lose cooling capacity. The refrigerator compressor will shut down less frequently to compensate for the lack of cold. To restore the normal operation of the refrigerator, the drain hole should be cleaned.

2. Improper installation of the refrigerator. If the refrigerator is not installed properly, the door may not fit tightly. This will cause warm air to enter the fridge compartment, and the unit will shut down less frequently to compensate for the lack of cold. infrequent shutdowns can cause ice to form on the rear wall of the cooling compartment and around the drain port until it freezes solid. During infrequent defrost cycles, the drain hole will not be able to handle the increased amount of water (or the moisture will not drain at all if the drain has frozen over), and water will collect in the refrigerator compartment below the drawers. Also, the water collection tank may not be able to handle the amount of water as well, and then you will see a puddle under the refrigerator. To fix the problem, you need to set the refrigerator strictly level.

If cleaning the drain hole and leveling adjustments have failed and your refrigerator is still accumulating water under the drawers, it is most likely a breakdown that will require intervention to fix. It is to call us and we will give you the best refrigerator repair service AT ALL SAN DIEGO. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on weekends and holidays. For urgent cases, our engineers will come to you 15 minutes after your call. Call us and SAN DIEGO APPLIANCE REPAIR will solve any problem.

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