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Repairing A Leaking Refrigerator

by Howard Barnett

If you have noticed dripping or puddles of water either inside or on the floor underneath your refrigerator, you will want to be quick at doing repair work so you do not have unnecessary food loss or damage to your flooring. Many leaking problems can be repaired on your own with simple household items and a bit of know-how. Here are some of the main areas to look for the source of a refrigerator leak and some basic guidance in how to repair them.

Inspect The Drain Pan

Water coming out of the bottom of your refrigerator may be caused due to a crack inside the drain pan that collects water from condensation. Use a screwdriver to remove the front panel from the bottom of your refrigerator and locate the pan behind it. This is easily pulled forward to inspect for excessive water build-up. Dump out the water and look closely at the pan for decayed spots where water is leaking out. These can be filled in with waterproof caulk temporarily while you locate a new drain pan through an appliance service center.

Take A Look At The Door

If your refrigerator or freezer is not tightly sealed, condensation will build up inside due to warmer conditions than usual. This condensation will then drip downward and will end up on lower shelving and on your food. Check the doors on your refrigerator to make sure they are holding a tight seal. This can be done by placing a piece of paper along the edge of the doorway, opposite the gasket that holds the door in place. 

Close the door and tug at the paper. If it offers resistance and feels as if it is snugly held by the door, the leak may be coming from another source. If the paper is easily pulled or if it falls to the ground on its own, the gasket will need to be replaced. This is done by pulling off the old gasket and adhering a new one in its place.

Look In The Freezer

In your freezer, either in the bottom portion or along the back wall, is a hole with a tube inserted in it to redirect condensation down to the drain pan under your unit. This defrost drain can become clogged by a bit of ice, causing any condensation to have nowhere to drip. Unplug your refrigerator and use a straw to blow air into the tube. This may cause the ice to be pushed out of the way. In extreme build-up cases, use a hair dryer to warm the ice chunk so water can pass through without obstruction.

For further assistance, contact local appliance service repair professionals, such as those found through