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I reported water on top shelf of refrigerator yesterday. FixYa expert pointed me to a clog in the drain line from freezer defrost cycle. I did indeed find a clog and removed it, however, last night had even more water on the top shelf and also water on the floor in front of refrigerator/ Refrigerator is GE Profile with Top Freezer & Water/Ice maker in top freezer door. Model # is TBX22PRYGRWW

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Hi.

If you have a bigger leak after cleaning and unclogging the drain hose, you may have a leak from water lines.

Check the water lines starting at the back of the fridge , with water valve (PS901314 ) , and ending at the icemaker.

You can test them closing water from main, or disconnecting hose at the back of the fridge (close water first), and checking if you still get the leak.

If there is no leak then there is still a drain problem.

In that case do a complete defrost and clean again, there are several drain parts that convoy water to evaporator.


Here all diagrams.


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