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First check the water drain line in the freezer. To do this empty the entire contents from the freezer, remove the two screws on the very back panel and you will see a tube up in the top left hand corner. Pour some hot water down this line then check the fridge to make sure that it didnt come through. At the same time check the coils to make sure that they only have a thin layer of frost on them and not iced up, if that is the case then you will need to get a new defroster or heater element to rectify this problem

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Fact: If the drain pan is dry does not mean that the water being disposed of during defrost is not getting to the pan, It could also mean that the water that is reaching the pan is being evaporated like it is suppose to be. So we have to find your source of the water first then decide on what is causing it.

Areas to consider:
1"Inside" coming out the front from under the door? This is most likely a stopped up drain pan. A cold area that is not suppose to be cold like when you have a freezer coil that is suppose to be defrosting and is not... See below for a more complete ideas list of things to check under Possibility.

2"Outside not underneath" The corner of the door also could indicate (if you have water in the door) a worn out water line or a kink in it that has finally started to leak. Turn off the water to the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days and see if the problem disappears. If so you know what’s going on and can approach it from the door area.
3"Outside underneath" The corner could also be where the water is running to from someplace under the fridge. The drain pan drain line is the most common. Inspect it and repair as needed, maybe its just not over the pan. A new house keeper not acquainted with this box may have knocked it out during vacuuming just put it back over the pan. If its broken try duct tape for temporary crack or break fix.. IF The sealed system has had refrigerant added it could be from an over charge and frost on the suction line defrosting during a shutdown. Have someone QUALIFIED that can recover (yes big brother Obama may be watching) and measure the correct refrigerant and the correct weight back into the box.

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1 There is a drain that carries away the water under the cooling coils. These coils are in the freezer section.

2 The damper going to the crisper( s) is open too far allowing cold air to cause condensate on the fridge wall or bottom.

3 The freezer section is not defrosting and there is a spot where the ice buildup is allowing conductive cooling into the refrigerator section and therefore is allowing condensation on the refrigerator wall or ceiling.

4 The refg section has a heater (possibly not positive) in the area of the door frame, or it may have a "power saver" switch. This switch and the heater (if it has a heater it may not have a switch) are designed to stop condensation on the refridg while running. I fit is placed in the "power save" mode it turns off the heater. But, if you live in extream humidity (Great lakes east side or Gulf coats Houstion...) the humid air will condensate water out and it will collect and settle on the floor.

5 Door gaskets are not sealing especially on the bottom of the door. This allows warmer air into the fridge section and it is condensation on floor under the crisper.

If you check all of these items and still cant find it please post back and tell me what you did find. So I can help you more. Please rate me as much as possible as Im trying to keep my average up and do the things that will actually educate and help people.

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