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Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help. Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.
If the coils are also icing up you have an auto defrost problem.

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To add to woodchucks solution, I did find that the drain tube on my GE fridge, a different model but similar design, had a snake-like shape and this section was having water get caught in it and freezing backing up my system. This section of the drain tube is covered by an insulated metal cover and by removing the cover the icing issue was eliminated.

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