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Whirlpool fridge keeps filling up with water. Not from ice maker.

I think it is from a blocked defroster drain tube. How can I fix or get to the tube to clear or replace it?

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Remove items from the freezer and refrigerator then defrost it. Run  a thick stiff nylon fishing line down through the tube or use a hand tire pump held to the drain while someone else pumps the the pump to blow the line clear. it is in the bottom of the refrigerator section. It leads to a tray outside under the unit. If you can get to the tube for the bottom ,that wil work also. 

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If your fridge is an auto-defrost model, whenever it auto-defrosts, water from the melted ice collects in a tray behind the freezer, and drains into an evaporation tray at the bottom of the fridge through a drain tube. Over a period of time, the drain tube can become clogged, and instead of draining out of the freezer, the water overflows into the fridge. The clue is that the problem is intermittent -- the dripping stops between defrost cycles.

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It isn't hard to do, but if you are nervous about disassembling parts of your fridge, you will need to get a pro to do it.

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