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Water on btm of glass shelves and water in bottom of frig

Water has been collecting on bottom of glass shelves for several months now so much water is dripping from freezer the bottom of fhte inside of the frig is running over with water out front door onto the floor. Is this an air circulation problem? or what?

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  • mccoymh Jan 08, 2009

    I emptied the freezer and removed ice buildup from the area in back of the freezer, it went thru a defrost cycle and I have water in the bottom of the frig, but no where near as much as before. Also, emptied old food out and made space for air flow recommended by the company..... Will try the hair blower trick, any other ideas out there?

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Sounds like you have a gap in the door seal, which results in condensation forming inside unit. Use a blow dryer to heat the seal around the door and ensure that the fit is tight.

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