What To Do When Your Refrigerator is Leaking

How to Stop Refrigerator Water Leaks

Water that has condensed is meant to run into the drain hole from inside the refrigerator and into a drip pan underneath from where evaporation takes place. So, if you spot water under your refrigerator, clean the drain hole and/or examine the front legs. Water may not flow into the drain if the refrigerator is slightly tipped forward or completely level so you have to adjust the front legs tipping the refrigerator backwards slightly, to get it working. Because of this tip, the door is meant to swing close when you turn from it.

Here’s how to get it done:

  1. Have someone help you tip the fridge back a bit so you can go under it.
  2. Unscrew the front legs a couple turns to raise them. (Don’t take them off, though.)
  3. Put down the refrigerator
  4. Ensure the legs are even by using a level on the front edge of the refrigerator
  5. Open the door partially and walk away from it. It should close by itself.

Tilting the fridge too much may cause a problem to develop somewhere so only slightly tip it as it is designed to be almost level.

If you have difficulty adjusting the legs, get a shim, about 1/8 inch thick at the wide edge and put one under each leg.

Clearing the drain hole that may be clogged by food particles will be the next option if adjusting the legs doesn’t stop the water from leaking. At this point you’ll have to

  1. Locate the drain tubes at the freezer or refrigerator’s rear.Refrigerator Diagram
  2. Push a small plastic pipe or tube cleaner through the tubes.
  3. To kill bacteria, pour a mild solution of ammonia and soapy water down the drain tube. You may use syringe or turkey baster to squeeze water into the hole if you have one.
  4. Check the drain pan under the refrigerator, on the left side, by removing the front grill.
  5. There’s still a problem if the soapy water has not yet drained into it. Do step 6.
  6. Inside the refrigerator, push the pipe or tube cleaner through the drain tube
  7. Using water, flush the hole again.
  8. If you find water in the pan, as you should, it’s okay. It will evaporate.

If the refrigerator is kept in unheated basement, porch, or garage, you will also probably have water problems. Heat emanating from the motor and flowing across the cold exterior condenses to form water which drips onto the floor. Place a space a heater nearby and if you don’t find any more water, you know the problem’s with condensation. A condensation problem can be solved permanently simply by relocating the refrigerator to a warmer place.

Hope this helped! If it still gives you trouble (and you’re in the Phoenix area,) we’d love to come help you.

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