Few things give you the willies like walking into your kitchen in the middle of the night to grab a bite to eat, standing in front of the open fridge trying to figure out what to eat and realizing that you’ve stepped squarely into a pool of standing water puddling around the base of the refrigerator. First, you’ll most likely be filled with dread trying to figure out what the offending liquid even is. Then, you’ll be concerned once you realize that you’re dealing with what is most likely an expensive-to-fix leaky refrigerator. Read on to find out how leaky refrigerators can actually be really easy to fix.
For major refrigerator repair issues, you must call in professional help in order to avoid making a bad situation even worse. For an issue like a leaky refrigerator, you may be able to pull out your own tool kit and resolve the problem on your own. Some of the most common reasons – and fixes – for a leaking refrigerator are included below. Make sure that you always refer to your refrigerator manual to correctly identify the different parts of your refrigerator model.
Every refrigerator has a drain hole. Moisture, condensation and any type of water inside the refrigerator travels down through the fridge and into the drain hole. Once it goes through the drain hole, it falls into a drip pan located underneath the fridge. It stays inside the drip pan until it evaporates. The refrigerator has to be positioned just so in order for the water in the fridge to flow into the drip pan. If it’s perfectly even or slanted too much, the water will flow outside of the fridge and onto the floor instead of into the drip pan. You’ll need to reposition the fridge so that it tilts slightly backwards. In order to fix this, do the following:
One of the most common reasons for a leaky refrigerator is because of a clogged drain hole. As moisture and water flows through the fridge and into the drain hole, it often carries bits of food and other particles right along with it. Since those bits of dirt and food don’t evaporate, they can build up in the drain hole pretty quickly, causing a clog. Self-defrosting refrigerators also have draining tubes that can become clogged. Some of the best ways to clear a clog include the following:
Hopefully after attempting these fixes, you’ll find that your pesky refrigerator leak seems to magically disappear!