Renter reports water on the floor from fridge. It seems silly to buy a new fridge if the only issue is the condensate processing is needs correction, however, this is the second incident on the same fridge.
I inspected the fridge yesterday. The plastic evaporator pan was full of water. Renter indicated it had overflowed once last week.
- What is the most common reason why the evaporator pan is full and overflowing?
- Is there a clever method to determine why is the water not evaporating?
The freezer works fine. The fridge occasionally freezes items (an onion, watermelon) but does work. Does occasional freezing indicate an issue? or is this as simples dialing down the cooling setting?
Clogged Condensate Drain?
I noticed the fridge and freezer were very dirty. I read that a clogged drain (from food or debris) in fridge/freezer compartment can lead to water overflow. The entire fridge/freezer should be emptied and cleaned, and drain should be wiped out. A warm solution of water and vinegar can be poured in the line. Also can use a pipe cleaner.
If the evaporator pan is full can one conclude that the drain lines are not clogged and not the problem?
Are there any other questions that I should be answered to diagnose root cause of problem?
If it the root cause requires a new refridgerator, that's fine, however, if it doesn't that would be preferable: not just economically,it is a PITA to replace the fridge on the second story. I don't want to buy a new fridge if the problem is a clogged drain line or involves a simple part replacement.
Insight and experience are highly appreciated: thank you.