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Ice GE SIde by Side has ice forming in bottom of freezer section. Takes about 3 weeks to build up to about 3/8" thick. What is cause? Is it the icemaker?

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  • kcd9 Sep 19, 2008

    I will look at spots you suggest. Frig is less than 3 years old. I will get back yo you. Thanks for your help.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    I have the same problem. I thaw the ice and pour hot water in the drain to insure that it is working properly. The drain is not plugged and it does drain. After about 2-3 weeks, it is clogged again with ice and there is another ice sheet on the bottom of the freezer. Help!

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It is getting moisture from the refrigerator side.

check closely the door gasket of the refrigerator side, look for cracks and openings and see if it is not sealing properly.

another place to look at is the plastic trimmings around the refrigerator side between teh inner wall and the outside edges.

sometimes they have cracks and openings and moisture could seeped in and makes ice at the lower part of the freezer section.

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