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Bottom freezer door dripping water on kitchen floor

I have a Sub Zero Model 550, refrigeration on top, freezer door on bottom. Unit is 13 years old. Recently found water dripping on kitchen floor from freezer door. Freezer door gasket was replaced. Still having the same problem. Water is puddling on bottom of freezer compartment. It is freezing then thawing and dripping from bottom of door onto floor. What could be causing this? Any help would be appreciated.

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You can take a ook into the freezer sect its possible that the line has frozen, nad no longer is defrost water going into the drain but rather falling on to the floor of freezer and evnetually out the door

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