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Frost free freezer leaking water everyday. the door and seals are fine. only 3 years old. ice appears in lower compartment.

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  • Cajun Mike May 04, 2009

    when I look at the back of the refrigerator I see a couple of plastic lines. Which on do I need to blow out? I had a serviceman out a couple of years ago and that is what he did but when I tried the other day I must have blown down the wrong line because my problem reoccured about a week later. I used my air compressor, could I have used too much pressure. I had about 90# on the system.

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When the freezer defrosts the water has to go somewhere. The defrost drain is stopped up. Blow it out.

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