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I have a Kenmore refrigerator 596.71864101 that develops a thin sheet of ice on the bottom of the freezer (which is on the bottom) even after I shut of the water to the ice maker. It seems to be dripping down from the back by the evaporator or something like that. Any clues?

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  • gfoster1958 Feb 06, 2010

    This did not help me. There is no drain from the evaporator. The drip tray (part # 12226502) has no drain from it! Apparantly it is overflowing from the tray indicating it might be something else wrong. Maybe the defrost system itself isnt working or what? Too much water must be accumulating in the drip tray and overflowing down into the bottom of the freezer!
    Thank You. Kenmore refig. 596.71864101

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You are right about the source of the water. It is coming from the evaporator coils. When the freezer goes into defrost mode, it melts the ice on the coils. The water is supposed to run out of a drain below the bottom of the floor of the freezer. It is common for these drains to freeze shut. If you clear this drain and remove all of the ice from the pan under the floor of your freezer, your problem should go away.

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