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Ice buildup in evaporator drain channel,water runs down back and freezes there as well as in the bottom under the fruit and veggie bins

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Hi and welcome to Fixya. Sometimes the drain gets just enough particulate in it that when the next defrost sycle occurrs the water will stand in the drain funnel area. Once the defrost cycle terminates the water then freezes and the bnext defrost cycle it just adds more water to the now frozen drain and starts making a bigger mess.

What you can do is take a hand held hair blow dryer and defrost the drain hole area. When you think your are done take a tooth pick and test the drain hole to make sure it is clear. The ice that is deeper in the drain take longer than you might think to clear.....
PLEASE don't drop the tooth pick because it takes forever to get it out! (Personal Flashback)

Once you are sure you have the drain cleared just pour about a shot glass sized amount of water in the drain and see if it goes straight through. If it does not pass easily there is still something in the drain and you will need to clear it before restarting the unit.

Thanks for using Fixya. If you need more help just respond here and I will get back to you usually in less than 24 hrs.

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You have a clogged drain

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