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The defrost cycle seems to stay on too long-ice already made will start melting & then refreeze into 1 big chunk. Eventually the "melt" will build up in the bottom of the freezer & will eventually find its way onto my floor. Also directly behind the icemaker, on the back wall of the freezer, there is an ice formation that looks like water has run down the wall & frozen (this area of ice is on the left of what looks like a vent about 3"x3"-not covering the vent) The icemaker is in the left corner of freezer. I realize this is an old refrigerator.

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If think your defrost cycle is ok . there is a defrost terminator that controls the heater at 50 deg in the back of freezer , the problem is the water delivery tube is iceing oven and causing water to run down the back of freezer wall . change the tube to newer style. it will be open on the top side . they work better. and the water valve may be leaking through. and may have to be changed .. ,,

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