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Freezer, keeps getting ice on bottom of freezer, it leeks out, ruining tiles flooring. I tried, defrosting and cleaning freezer out, still have the problem

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  • kikikazo Dec 04, 2007

    Thank you very much!!! With your help, I did fix the problem and saved myself an unknown amount of money, that definately is needed elsewhere.



    Again thank you very much, when I called Maytag, they didnt even offer me this information, but suggested that I call for service.


  • chiismum May 27, 2008

    The refrigerator is leaking in front. It is a Top Freezer refrigerator. I have tried cleaning out the freezer and cleaning under neath. The refrigerator is only 4 years old. Sometimes it freezes in the back of the refrigerator, but everything else seems fine. I checked to see if it is the icemaker, but that seems to be OK. I do not want to call a service person if I don't have to, since I have been unemployed for a long time and can not really afford to spend it on an expensive service call. Thank you.

  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    ok i took your advice, and for never dealing with the mechanics of a refridgerator before i think i did a good job of melting the ice. well see what happens the next few days but im confident that this solved the problem

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Sounds like your defrost evap. drain maybe plugged.. you didnt say what type and model it is.. Im assuming a sxs

take off back panel and find the drain hole to see if plugged... try pouring hot water down to flush after you check for blockage
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