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9 yr.old GE profile top/bottom refrigerator

My 9yr,old refrigerator is accumulating water inside under the veggie bins. Checked the drain tube and pushed a wire down it and it doesn't seem blocked. Also there's a bad odor from freezer. Nothing is bad in it and I cleaned it 2 weeks ago. Any solutions?  Jim

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There could be many things that cause these symptons. Defrost timer not working, bad door seals, or lack of freon. It may be less expensive to replace the frige than repair it.

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