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Side by side frig

Water in front of freezer side spoaradically

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  • anngoldb Nov 21, 2008

    so far it seems to have fixed the sporadic leak, thanks!!!

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You need to defrost and clear the drain in freezer.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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