A Few Solutions to Freezer Dripping Water

07 August 2017

Just for the last few minutes, you’ve watched water dripping. It’s inside your biggest freezer, this wet drizzle, inside a space you diligently clean all the time. What’s in that dripping water? Is it clean? It can’t be left to pool and become a bacteria-populated wet spot, a puddle that darkens with dirt as foot traffic ploughs through it, so how do you stop that steady drip?

Condensation Causes 

A mess of towels and rags on a cool room floor isn’t something anyone wants to see. This is a wet patch, an area that’s an ideal breeding ground for mould. If the water is beading and gathering itself into rivulets, condensation is a likely culprit. First of all, such problems are usually traced back to obvious explanations. Don’t keep the freezer door open for an extended period of time. If the staff has learned this little nugget of information, then there may be a problem with the door seal. Have that seal inspected by an expert technician. Another moisture culprit in your freezer, the evaporator coil, causes excess moisture when there’s an icy build-up. Maintenance is the likely remedy this time. Clear the coil drainage channel of dirt and ice, then test the cooling unit to see if it’s still producing excess water.

Freezer Drip Cure-Alls 

The diagnosis of an unbalanced refrigeration unit or a faulty door gasket takes us halfway through the battle. The water drip is definitely on its last legs, so where do we go from here? Before you wipe up the puddle with soapy detergent, check the chamber defrost gutters and the drainage pans in and around the refrigeration appliance. Due to the nature of that latter clean-up task, this job is best left to a qualified refrigeration engineer, someone who can safely remove a housing cover and wipe away the moisture, plus the dirt that’s accumulated in that pool. Next, water is attracted to easy-access pathways, so they’ll use the seams of your freezer instead of the built-in drainage channels when they’re overly exposed. Older models suffer from this flaw when the caulking in the enclosure seams break down. Consider a recaulking job if those seams continue to funnel condensates.

A mucky puddle, produced by some unknown dripping water source, draws dirt and mould like some frosty magnet. Trace the cause of this liquid rivulet, if possible. Keep the freezer door closed, replace the gasket, and generally have the compartment inspected for energy leakage. Then, if the problem repeats, incorporate a predictive planned maintenance program into your freezers’ operational schedule, one that’ll keep the refrigeration unit’s inner workings balanced and moisture-free.

Mark Connelly
C&M Coolroom Services
E-mail: markconnelly@cmcoolrooms.com.au
Mobile: 0412 536 315

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