Almost everything in your kitchen is prone to leaking – the sink, the dishwasher, even the refrigerator.
Fortunately for you, not all leaky refrigerators require expensive repairs. In fact, you can fix many leaks yourself by using the simple step-by-step instructions below.
Why is my refrigerator leaking?
Often times, when you notice water pooling in or around your refrigerator, it isn’t actually leaking. Refrigerators produce a large amount of condensation. When everything is working, this condensation runs down a drain tube into a drip pan under the appliance, where it evaporates unnoticed. However, when your fridge is “leaking”, it is likely that this water just isn’t draining properly.
This is primarily due to two reasons: a clogged drain tube or an unlevel refrigerator. Here is how to fix both.
How to fix an unlevel refrigerator
Pull off the toe grille at the base of the refrigerator.
Using a flathead screwdriver, adjust the legs until your refrigerator is even. Turning the screwdriver clockwise will raise the leg, counterclockwise will lower it.
Use a level to make sure your refrigerator is even, and snap the toe grille back into place.
How to fix a clogged drain tube
Unplug the refrigerator.
Remove the crisper drawers from the unit. You should see the drain tube on the bottom of the back wall.
A piece of ice is likely the culprit for the clog. Use a hair dryer to melt it, or poke it out with a Q-tip or a pipe cleaner.
Flush the tube with warm water.
Replace the crisper drawers and plug your refrigerator in.
Not all refrigerator leaks are so simple to fix – sometimes, you will need to call in a licensed professional. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, look no further than Speedy Refrigerator Service. We can fix any make or model of refrigerator and offer 24/7 emergency service. Call us any time at 866-782-9376.
in the kitchen can come from anywhere – your sink, dishwasher, and
even your refrigerator. Luckily for you, refrigerator leaks usually
don’t require a visit from a
plumber. In fact, most incidents of leaky fridges are caused by one
of three things, all of which can easily be fixed without
the steps below to troubleshoot and fix your leaking refrigerator.
1: Uneven Refrigerator
your refrigerator is leaning forward, water cannot properly flow into
the drain and will instead leak out of the bottom of the unit. If
your refrigerator is uneven, you can easily level it by following
a helper tilt the refrigerator back
a flathead screwdriver to adjust the legs – turning it clockwise
will raise the unit and counterclockwise will lower it.
the necessary legs until the unit is completely level.
2: Clogged Drain Tube
you own an auto-defrosting refrigerator, it is likely that the drain
tube is clogged by a piece of ice or some other debris. Here’s how to
the refrigerator from the wall and remove the crisper drawers. You
should see the drain tube.
a hair dryer to melt any ice which is causing the blockage. If it
isn’t ice, insert a pipe cleaner or cotton swab into the tube to
remove the clog.
the drain tube with warm water.
the drain tube and crisper drawers, and plug your refrigerator back
3: Cracked Drip Pan
drip pan is located underneath the refrigerator and collects water
from the drain tube until it evaporates. If the drip pan is cracked,
this water will leak out from under your refrigerator onto your
floor. To fix this:
the toe grille from the bottom of your refrigerator.
and remove the drip pan. It should easily slide out.
it for any cracks or holes which would allow water to escape. If it
is damaged, replace immediately.
the drip pan and snap the toe grille back into place.
you have tried all of these steps and your refrigerator is still
leaking, it is time to call the professionals. If you live on Long
Island, a properly-working fridge is just a phone call away with
Speedy Refrigerator Service. Our technicians are fully licensed and
insured, plus we provide same-day repairs in the comfort of your own
home. Our phone lines are open 24/7, so give us a call anytime at