How to Fix a Leaky Refrigerator

You may not know this, but the refrigerator in your kitchen produces a large amount of condensation. When all is working properly, this condensation runs down a drain tube in the back of your refrigerator where it is released into a drain pan at the bottom of the unit and evaporates. However, when all is not working properly, this water can end up as a small pool at the bottom of your refrigerator or on your floor. If your refrigerator is leaking, there are two likely causes: the unit isn’t level or the drain tube is clogged. Read below for step-by-step instructions on how to fix both problems.


Unlevel Refrigerator
If your refrigerator is leaning to a particular side, it could cause the unit to leak. Luckily, almost all refrigerators come with adjustable legs in order to fix this problem.
  1. Remove the base grill from the bottom of the refrigerator. It should simply snap off on most models, although some require a screwdriver.
  2. Use a flathead screwdriver to adjust the legs – turning the screwdriver clockwise will raise the refrigerator and counterclockwise will lower it.
  3. Repeat step 2 as many times as necessary on all four legs until the refrigerator is parallel to the ground. Use a level to check.


Clogged Drain Tube
As stated above, there is a drain tube that runs down the back wall of the refrigerator and is responsible for carrying condensation to the drain pan where it evaporates. This tube can become clogged, causing the water to back up and pour into the fresh foods section of the fridge. If this happens, simply follow the steps below:
  1. Slide the refrigerator away from the wall and unplug it from the outlet.
  2. Remove the drawers on the bottom of the unit. You should see the drain tube.
  3. If the tube is frozen, use a hair dryer on a low heat setting to melt the ice and unclog the tube. If something else is causing the clog, insert a pipe cleaner or Q-tip into the tube to loosen it.
  4. Flush the drain tube with warm water to completely clear it of all debris.
  5. Remove the base grill at the bottom of your refrigerator. Locate the drain pan and remove it. Wash it in the sink and dry it off.
  6. Replace the drain pan, base grill, crisper drawers, and anything else which was removed during this process. Plug the refrigerator in and slide it back into its original position.

If you have followed the listed steps and your refrigerator is still leaking, you could have a serious issue. If you live in New York and are in need of a quick refrigerator repair, call Speedy Sub Zero at 866-782-9376. For more than 75 years, we have provided New York City and Long Island residents with same-day repairs done in the comfort of their own home. Our phone lines are open 24/7 in case of emergencies, so call us any time at 866-782-9376.

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