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Can you help diagnose our fridge's problem?

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So, my husband and I have this old fridge that we bought at a used furniture shop. It works fine, except water collects under the salad drawers. Any ideas? I wish we could afford to just buy a new fridge, but at the moment, alas, that is not an option.

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  1. Remove the salad drawers and look underneath. There should be a small hole -- a drainage hole -- this typically drains into a tray underneath the fridge that's "heated" by part of the hot coil so as to evaporate the water. I've seen this problem when the hole or the tube leading from the hole becomes clogged. Un-clog with pipecleaner or wire, in the case of a tube of any length.

    You didn't say whether the refrigerator is "frost free" (there's a fan running inside all the time) or if it's the older "static" type.

    Good luck!

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    1. re: shaogo

      You might have to search harder for the drain. Best is to find where the tube drains and follow it back to the source. I've had this problem a number of times and on different refrigerators the drain hole has been on the bottom shelf, behind the freezer compartment, and behind a panel on the inside of the refrigerator. Happy hunting.

      1. re: mexivilla

        My older top freezer frige did the same thing.
        The defrost water was draining into the frige and accumulating under the crispers.
        Upon removing the rear panel inside the freezer we foud a drip troth which was plastic and had cracked so the water never got into the drain tube down to the evaporator tray under the frige.
        The cracked trouth was repaired with JB Wed which is a 2 part epoxy.
        The repair was 2 years ago and remains successful.
        Good luck.
        dick