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I have water collecting on the iside of the refrigerator compartment. It is leaking through the air vent openings from the freezer compartment.

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I am going to assume you have a defrost condensate blockage in the rear of the freezer and behind the rear panel where the evaporator dreains condensate after each defros. Please correct me if I am wrong.
The answer to finding the cause of the leak is where we need to begin. Most start in the freezer section behind the rear panel where the defrost condensate is drained during defrost. Sometimes the drain hole freezes over and the water drains down into the freezer creating a large area of frozen water. Other times i happens as the water leaves the drain in the freezer and follows its path to the pan below your refrigerator to re evaporate into the air inside your home. If leaking inside the fresh food compartment then the cup behind the control panel may be over flowing and leaking down the back wall of the refrigerator and will need to be taken apart and cleaned to allow the water to continue down to the pan below the refrigerator. Sludge and dust or even ice may be blocking this line. Below is a link to a page that may help you resolve and fix this. If you have more questions feel free to let me know. appliancepartsse@yahoo.com Thanks, Sea Breeze
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HOW TO FIX A LEAKING REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER

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Testimonial: "Your diagnosis was spot on. I had ice in the drain tube. Everything is ok now,thanks to you. Thank you so much."

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    Thank you very much! I wish other people were so nice and friendly. I really have a hard time with some. They are angry and just want someone to blame. Again, Thanks for the rate! Sea Breeze

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