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Ice build up

When I open the refrigerator, water drips out. Ice is building up on the top of the refrigerator (under the freezer compartment). Water is dripping all over the refrigerator.

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    Same problem plus the refrigerator is not cooling to temperature and is getting warmer day by day. It is just 2 years old. I did do a defrost and that seemed to have solved the problem. Now a week or so later I'm back where I started. I did notice that the vents that alow the freezers air to drop into the fridge were frozen but I'm not seeing it this time. Professional services are not an option and I just replaced all of the food that I lost a week ago.. I'll be doing the repairs myself . . . Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



    Thanks a lot, Linda

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Defrost the freezer,a hairblower helps,the drain tube is blocked in the freezer,you have to let it fully defrost then restart,this is a common problem for all fridges,turn back on after done make sure you feel the air blowing into the fridge,if it does it again its more than likely the defrost timer

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