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Evap. fan frozen in ice

Ice builds up on the freezer bottom and under the coils. cleared the drain hole under the coils and water ran into the fridge itself, it seems there is no place for the water to go. ie water pan

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Its defrost problem. Try manual defrost by unplugging the refrigerator from main power outlet for 24 hours then reconnect it and check, if the same problem is noticed again,. If yes then its defrost board problem. The defrost board located in the back of fridge section. You can get required parts from www.repairclinic.com or from online sears part site. ------------- Thank you.

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