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Refrigerators with automatic defrost have a drain tube that carries water from the defrost cycle to a fixed drain pan under the refrigerator.
If water appears on the floor in front of the refrigerator or under the vegetable bins once or twice a day, it could be due to a clog in the defrost drain tube. The usual evidence of a clogged drain in a side-by-side refrigerator is ice under the bottom basket in the freezer compartment, in addition to a puddle of water on the floor.
The following styles can usually be cleared without service:
Flush out the drain hole with a solution of 1 tsp. baking soda and 2 cups of hot tap water in a meat/turkey (bulb) baster. When clear, you will hear water running down into the drain pan below. To prevent this from recurring, pour the solution of 1 tsp baking soda and two cups hot (not boiling) water into the drain opening once or twice a year.
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