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Water leaking from under fridge

I checked the drain pan in back but it was bone dry it seems water will leak out on the freezer side. The seal is good on the freezer side. Why?

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Check to see if you have a crack in the water line running to the ice maker. The plastic line is prone to crack. Easy way to see if water is from ice maker is to shut off water to it (usually under sink).

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