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Water leaking from the frig and ice build up inside of frig

Every week we need to clean water out of the bottom of the refrigerator and ice builds up in cavity below the freezer.

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  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    but I do not have a defrost timer on my unit.

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Your defrost is not working. First find the defrost timer, make sure it is working. Mark the little dial and wait a half hour or so to see if it moves. If you do have to replace the timer, you may still have to do a manual defrost, the ice in the freezer can take a long time to melt out. If your freezer does not come apart easy, you can turn the timer to the defrost spot(it will click and the compressor will stop) a few times until no more water comes out of the freezer drain tube to the drain pan. You will then feel good air flow out of the freezer fan. If the freezer drain is frozen up, which happens on my fridge it will take all day for it to thaw. That's why I have to take my freezer all apart, a real pain.

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