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Whirlpool Fridge (Model ET18LKXHW00) continually freezes up and water drips into the fridge. Ice builds up under the freezer floor tray and then blocks vents. I've cleared it out including the frozen drain plug on occasion with hot water until it flows through the tube in to the bottom drip pan but the problem returns. Is it the heater? Is there a way to check it?

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Try turning the defrost timer manually and see if heater becomes hot.

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