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A whirring sound and leaking water.

We tried defrosting freezer, but we think it is coming from the fridge. We lowered the humidity in the fridge veggie drawer. We also play with the temperature settings as well.

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See if the drip tray beneath your freezer is full and if so, empty it. That may be the problem. Also, there is a panel between the freezer and the tray. See, if the path provided by the panel, for the flow of defrosted water, is blocked with ice and if so clear it also.

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