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Slow dripping water from top freezer into the main fridge

We have a 1997 whirlpool fridge and it slowly leaks water from the roof of the main fridge onto the top tray it takes about 3 days for alot of water collects

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We just got rid of our 26 year old Kenmore for this reason. In 26 years I used a hair dryer to thaw out a tube toward the back of the refrigerator. At least in ours when the tube gets frozen shut the water had nowhere to go but in our egg tray.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

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