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Water dripping from freezer

I have a whirlpool refrigerator model et1mtkxkt02 drain tube in freezer freezing up do u have a fix for that

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A quick fix I found is to hang a peice of copper wire from the defroster bar in the freezer and let it hang into the drain tube when the defroster bar gets hot it heats the copper to prevent the freezing,but the thing you should do is check the resistance with an ohm meter across the defroster bar,if its ok its the defroster assembly located in the fridge

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