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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.

How to Unclog Refrigerator Drain Tube

The
average freezer produces a great amount of condensation over the
course of a day, but it goes largely unnoticed by many of us unless
there is a problem. This is because the water that forms
inconspicuously flows down a tube where it is released into a pan
underneath the refrigerator and eventually evaporates. When the drain
tube gets backed up, however, this water begins to pool inside of
your refrigerator, giving the appearance of a serious leak.

If you
are suffering from a buildup of water at the bottom of your
refrigerator, a clogged drain tube may be to blame. Before calling a
repair service, attempt to clear the clog yourself by following these
easy steps.
  1. Slide
    the refrigerator away from the wall and unplug it from the outlet.
  2. Remove
    the vegetable drawers at the bottom of the unit to gain access to
    the drain tube.
  3. Locate
    the drain tube. It should be at the bottom of the unit behind the
    vegetable drawers. If you are having difficulty locating yours,
    refer to the owner’s manual.
  4. Find
    out what is causing the clog and remove it. If it is a piece of ice,
    using a hair dryer on a low setting will quickly melt it and remove
    the blockage. For other items, you may have to insert a pipe
    cleaner, toothpick, Q-tip, or other skinny object to loosen up the
    clog.
  5. Flush
    the drain tube with a teaspoon of baking soda and warm water. Remove
    the drain pan from under your refrigerator (refer to owner’s manual)
    and thoroughly clean it with soap and water.
  6. Replace
    the drain pan, vegetable drawers, and any other components which
    were removed during this process. Plug the refrigerator back into
    the outlet and slide it into its original position.
If
you have successfully completed these steps and your refrigerator is
still leaking, there may be a serious problem. Before buying a new
refrigerator, see if you can repair it for a fraction of the cost.
Speedy Sub Zero offers reasonably-priced refrigerator repairs to Long
Island and the Metro New York City area. No matter what your problem
is, we have the experience and know-how to fix it. Our phone lines
are open 24/7 in case of emergencies, so give us a call at
866-782-9376.

The Three Sources of (Almost) All Refrigerator Problems

Refrigerators
never stop working. They are the only household appliance that runs
24 hours a day, which leaves them susceptible to breakdowns and
malfunctions. Fortunately, many of these problems are easy to
troubleshoot and can be fixed without the need of professional repair
services. Learn the three sources of many common refrigerator
problems and the necessary steps to correct them.

Clogged drain pipe.
Signs: The
most apparent sign that your refrigerator’s drain tube is clogged is
the puddling of water – either inside your refrigerator or on the
floor underneath it.
Solution: The
drain tube runs from the freezer and drains water in a pan located
underneath the refrigerator. To unclog this tube, unplug the
refrigerator from the wall and locate the drain hole, which is
typically located at the bottom of the unit behind the vegetable
crisper. Stick a pipe cleaner or a straw in this hole and push it up
and down to loosen the clog.
Faulty gasket.
Signs: If
your refrigerator is not cooling foods properly or is using more
electricity than normal, a faulty gasket may be the cause. To test if
your gasket is performing correctly, close the refrigerator door on a
dollar bill. If you can easily slide the bill up and down or remove
it from the door, the seal is weak and needs to be replaced.
Solution: First,
you will need to purchase a replacement gasket. They are specially
designed for each refrigerator model, so make sure to get the one
that is right for your refrigerator by purchasing it directly from
the manufacturer or a trusted third party vendor. The old gasket can
be easily removed and replaced with the new ones by following these steps.
Dirty condenser coils.
Signs: Dirty
condenser coils can cause your refrigerator to overheat to the point
that it feels hot to the touch. Dirty coils can also cause the
refrigerator to constantly cycle on and off and your energy bill to
spike.
Solution: Cleaning
your refrigerator’s coils requires only a vacuum and 10 minutes of
your time. To clean your refrigerator’s coils, unplug it and slide it
away from the wall. On most models, the coils are located right on
the back of the unit. After locating the coils, use the brush
attachment on your vacuum cleaner to scrub the dust off of the coils
until they are visibly clear, then plug your refrigerator back in to
the wall and slide it in to place.
If
your refrigerator is not operating properly and it is not because of
one of these three causes, there may be something seriously wrong
with it. If you live in New York City or Long Island, you can rely on
the professionals at Speedy Subzero to diagnose and fix your
refrigerator promptly and correctly. We offer 24-hour emergency
service and same-day repairs so call us today at 866-782-9376.