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Water will not drain and builds up in freezer

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  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    Where does the water overflow to? If it's at the bottom of the freezer, and you can see where it comes from the back panel of the freezer, there is a drain behind that panel that must be clogged. It leads to a tray underneath the freezer section, behind the toe kick grill along the bottom of the doors.

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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.

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