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Ice buildup on floor of side by side freezer floor..

When auto-defrost kicks on water comes out the door onto kitchen floor...there is a recessed depression on the freezer floor which fills with ice.this started about a year after we bought it...pleeze help...SMITTY

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  • mbiff218 Apr 26, 2009

    ice build up on bottom of freezer, removed the ice now it is not getting cold enough to freeze and the refridgerator is not getting cold either

  • patel_ashesh May 04, 2009

    pls advice for same issue i have.I cleaned tube

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Inside the freezer in the lower part of the back wall there's a drain hole wich probably is clough and the water from defrost doesn't go through and freezes up .Put hot water to defrost it and keep pooring it until goes through.If is still clogh try with a wire but do it ery carefull to not put a hole in the drain plstic tube.

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