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Water dripping at top of refrigerator compartment

Hi, I just inherited this top freezer model and it just started dripping water from around the light at the top of the compartment. I assume this may be a problem with the defrost cycle draining. Can anyone tell me what I should do? Really appreciate the help.

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Re: Water dripping at top of refrigerator compartment

Try to blow air through the defrost drain hose from the bottom of the fridge to make sure the line is clear for defrost water to drain.

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I have a top freezer/bottom refrigerator-6months old-no icemaker hooked up. There is water dripping continuously into the refrigerator compartment-some of it freezes and the rest accumulates in the...


That water is from the melting frost of the automatic defrost cycle. Their is drain in the freezer behind the back wall under the evaperator coil that is blocked, so instead of defrost water draining it's pooling in the freezer or in some case espically on models with the freezer on the top,the water is leaking from the freezer vents into the fresh food compartment.
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Water dripping from freezer onto top shelf of fridge with ice buildup back of freezer

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Hi, I can help you. The drain is plugged in the freezer section. Could I get the model #?
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Not an original solution - but a good one. Remove panels at the back of the freezer compartment to expose the heater unit or heater wire that defrosts the freezer coils and wrap a solid copper wire gently around the heater/ heater wire and place the loose end in the drain. This will conduct heat to the freezer drain and help keep it open. I did see a manufactured part in one of the appliance parts websites but it did not match my unit.

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