1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 24, 2008

:024 Fridge Condensate

Suggested Review – :005, :019, :022, :023

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.



1:5:10:024 Tip: Yesterday I told you how to clean your refrigerators cooling coils. At the same time you should plan on cleaning the condensate pan.

The condensate pan is used to collect water that drains from the refrigerator during the defrost cycle. The water is collected in a collection pan and then evaporates into the room air. The pan can become quite dirty and support bacteria and mold growth. If you can remove the pan for cleaning, it should be taken outside so that any mold growth it has won’t release spores into the house. Clean the condensate pan frequently enough so that microorganisms don’t have a chance to become established and released indoors.

Don’t forget to record the energy use in your journal before you clean the coils and condensate pan.

Tomorrow you will be recording the clean coil energy use, so you can compare the before and after values. I will also talk about the Energy Star Appliance program.


Additional Information

In order to clean the condensate pan and cooling coils you may need to remove a protective grill or panel. It is best to check the owners manual for detailed instructions.

When you reinsert the pan, make sure the drain line is unobstructed and is positioned properly to drain into the pan – otherwise the water may drain out onto the floor, or back up in the unit.


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