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Leaking Whirlpool fridge

I have a top freezer bottom fridge. Every few months, we find that the fridge ices up and water drips from the freezer into the fridge. At the same time, the fridge doesn't seem to get the cold air from the freezer so the fridge part becomes warm. We have tried defrosting each time but it has not helped. Model number: WRN38RWG.

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Thanks for the question When this happens if the evaporator is all frosted up you have a derost problem could be your timer or your defrost thermostat which is located on the coils of the evaporator you can check this with a volt meter these meters are cheap you dont need a very expensive for ahout 20 dollars or the defrost timer one of the two is your problem thanks for the question The appliancedoc

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it yourself. My 26 year old fridge was leaking
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