a leaking refrigerator

How to Figure Out What to Do with a Leaking Refrigerator

Help, My Refrigerator Is Leaking!

One thing that we get calls about is a leaking refrigerator. Homeowners come home from a week’s vacation and there’s water all over the floor, under the floor boards, and it’s getting worse. The problem is that the leaking can be the sign of multiple things, and knowing where the water is coming from is your best way to figure out where to start your repairs.

When Water Leaks from the Front of the Refrigerator

Most likely, this is from a clogged drain line. The good news? It’s easy to fix. Unplug the refrigerator and take the front guard off of the fridge (sometimes this just pulls off easily). Pull out the plastic tray and find the drain line. Place this drain line opening over a bowl or plate and run hot water through the line to help remove any frozen clogs the line may have.

When Water Leaks from the Bottom of the Refrigerator

You’ll want to check your bottom drain pan. For some reason, water is dripping directly on to the floor. Maybe the water in the pan is not evaporating quickly? Maybe there’s a leak or damage to the pan itself and the water isn’t sitting in the pan correctly. Maybe there’s a misalignment. Whatever it may be, unplug the refrigerator and take a look at how your pan is catching water (or not catching water).

When Water Leaks from the Back of the Refrigerator

When you have water dripping from the back of a refrigerator, you’re more likely to have trouble with your water line. The first step is to unplug the refrigerator. After that, take a look at the water line coming from your home to your fridge, as well as the separate line that runs from your fridge to your freezer. In addition, if you have a water filter on your fridge, check the mechanics associated with that, too.

One simple way to unclog any drain line clog is to pour hot water through the line—but never do any repairs to a refrigerator without unplugging the unit first. If the above suggestions don’t help you solve your problem, you may need to bring in a professional. If you have water damage in your kitchen (or garage) as the result of your refrigerator not working, please give us at Duckstein Restoration a call—we’ll be glad to come out and help you evaluate the entire scope of the damage to your home, as well as create a plan to repair and restore that damage.


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