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Water builds up and overflows on the bottom of our fridge

But the try under the fridge is bone dry. There doesn't appear to be a drain hole in the bottom of our fridge. It is a whirlpool EL7atrrks01


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Get into the evap. section of the unit [cooling coil] , there is a pan under it with a drain in the center , its frozen or plugged , defrost it and use a firm wire or similar to snake it out , when you get it draining in the pan again pour a cup of bleach in the evap. pan to clear mildew or whatever is in the line.

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I suspect this is clogged with bits of debris and preventing the melt-water from dripping into the pan.

Check under your ref./freezer behind a trim grill for this pan and check the condition of it; overflowing or empty.
Normally, the fan that blows ambient air through the coils keeps this pan dry-to-moist.
It's fairly shallow so if your ice maker is leaking it will overflow but it should normally only be wet for a short time after the defrost cycle.

If it is pretty dry, note which side is wet. If it is wet under the freezer section, the clog might be loacted there.
If you do not see any holes that could be a drain in either side of the fridge, you could have a more serious problem trying to free it.
Each liner is made as one piece to help keep the inside free of dirt traps but there may be access panels and if they are found low and in the back, they may be intended to access a drain.

If you are lucky enough to find a hole toward the bottom, you should be able to free the drain.
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