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Old 06-24-2022, 03:51 PM   #1
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Refrigerator water accumulation

We have a Norcold residential style refrigerator (two doors with freezer on both sides at top) in or 2016 Winnebago Sightseer. The refrigerator has a nasty habit of accumulating water in the bottom. I assume it is part of the cycle to keep frost free but wondered if others have same experience or if this can be eliminated? Thanks in advance.
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We have a Norcold residential style refrigerator (two doors with freezer on both sides at top) in or 2016 Winnebago Sightseer. The refrigerator has a nasty habit of accumulating water in the bottom. I assume it is part of the cycle to keep frost free but wondered if others have same experience or if this can be eliminated? Thanks in advance.
Underneath the fins in the refrigerator section is a trough.

That trough collects the runoff from the cooling fins and directs the water via a small tube to a small collection container on top of the cooling/heating tubes at the bottom of back of the refrigerator.

Make sure the tube is still connected to the trough inside of the refrigerator. If it is connected, then open the access panel on the outside of your coach and look for the tube and the collection container. There is an anti-bug restrictor in the end of the tube to keep critters out of the tube. It can easily become stopped up by dirt and critter stuff. Check it and clean it out.
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I agree with bentjm make sure the anti-bug restrictor is still there and the tube is clean
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Fresh food compartment Drip tray collects condensation from the FINS and drains it out via a drain hose that goes into a drip cup next to burner stack

Drain hose not connected, not inside the drip cup or broken/cracked allows water to collect in outside compartment which can then flow under fridge
*Fridge should be completely sealed from outside compartment

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I do not see a trough. Water would seem to be able to fall directly down to the bottom. Is the trough removable? I bought it used and wonder if it is missing. There is a stub a few inches below where you described the trough should be. Thanks for all the help
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You should have a drip trough like #13 in this picture.....

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No drip pan. Need to run down model number and order. Thanks
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Our trough drain tube was not working. The drip catch trough was full of water and dripping down to the bottom of the fridge. The drip tube on ours was relocated and was not able to drain. I relocated the drip tube to drain into the catch pan and all works well now.
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No drip pan. Need to run down model number and order. Thanks
Moat any RV supplies store can order you one, all you need is your fridge make/model #.
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Mine doesn't have a drip trough on the outside and the hose goes through the outside grille and runs down the side? It does have the bug plug which I pull out every now and then and make sure I can blow through it.
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My residential fridge runs & cools better with the outside wall vent open , especially during hot temps here in Florida. Why would I want to close the vent off ?
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Mine doesn't have a drip trough on the outside and the hose goes through the outside grille and runs down the side? It does have the bug plug which I pull out every now and then and make sure I can blow through it.
To my knowledge, Norcold brand has a water collection cup near the heating chamber. Dometic chose to run the drain hose outside instead.
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Moat any RV supplies store can order you one, all you need is your fridge make/model #.
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To my knowledge, Norcold brand has a water collection cup near the heating chamber. Dometic chose to run the drain hose outside instead.
Correct^^^^

Norcold ...drip cup next to burner area
Dometic...drain hose sticks out thru lower vent/access panel
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