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Why does the defrost water not go into the tray?

The water from the defrost goes inside the fridge, while the tray below remains empty.. ..It's an Amana refrigerator..

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The drain hole in the drain trough is probably clogged up with some gunk.
Use a turkey baster and VERY VERY hot water to try and clear the drain line.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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