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Clogged fridge drain tube

I think the drain tube on my GE model GTS201 fridge is clogged as there is often water under bottom drawers and on floor in front of fridge. Also ice on bottom of freezer compartment. Do not know where drain tube is or how to unclog it. any sugestings. Thanks

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Re: clogged fridge drain tube

The drain is behind the back panel in the freezer at the bottom. Sounds like it is frozen over which is pretty common. Will need to remove panel and thaw out drain by running hot water down. You can use a putty knife to break up ice first. Make sure you get all ice around the drain above and below the thin aluminum tray at the bottom. After the drain is free don't be alarmed if you get some water on the floor because the drain pan may not hold all of the water you ran down the drain. Not anything you can do to prevent this on this model.

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Re: clogged fridge drain tube

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The freezer is working fine, but the refrigerator is warm!

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