How To Repair A Refrigerator Leak

A lot of people will allow an easy fix to turn into a complicated problem simply because they aren’t aware of the long-term effects. Consequently, some of those same people will pay big money for what could have been a quick fix. So, in an effort to decrease the number of repairmen visiting your home, and increase the number of dollars in your wallet, we’re offering a five articles over the next five weeks outlining easy do-it-yourself fixes to get your home running smooth and your butt back on the couch in time for football on Sunday. This week, we will be showing you how to repair a refrigerator leak.

A small refrigerator leak can turn into a destructive flood without the proper care. A leaking fridge can cause damage to your flooring as well as damage to the ceiling of the level below. Depending on the size and location of the leak, it can also cause damage to the walls and ceiling around your fridge. The problem is, at some point in time you will probably experience a refrigerator leak, so I advise hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Let this guide be your first step in preparing for the worst.

how to fix a refrigerator leak

Once you’ve realized that your fridge is leaking and see water building up underneath it, you will first want to check the front legs and clean the drain hole. Normally, water is supposed to run from inside the ridge into the drain hole, then into an underlying drip pan. However, if your fridge is tipped forward or completely level, then water will not be able to flow into the drain. To fix this, you’ll want to adjust the front legs so that the fridge is tipping towards the rear just slightly. This will also allow the fridge door to shut automatically if you were to leave it open for some reason. These step-by-step instructions should make the process simpler.

  • Have someone assist you while you do this. Have one person tilt the fridge back while you slide under it.
  • Unscrew the front legs a few turns so it starts to rise, but do NOT take them off.
  • Once you’re done unscrewing, slide out from underneath the fridge and let your partner put it down.
  • Make sure that the refrigerator legs are even by using a level.
  • Open the door partially, then let it hang there. If you did your job correctly, the door should swing shut by itself.

Remember to tilt the refrigerator SLIGHTLY. If you do it too much you will only cause yourself more problems, and could possibly even tip your entire refrigerator over. If for some reason you can’t unscrew the legs, then slide something thin underneath the front legs so that your fridge will tilt backwards SLIGHTLY. An ideal measurement is about 1/8″ in. thick.

If simply adjusting your refrigerator legs doesn’t stop it from leaking, then your problem probably has to do with the drain hole. Odds are it is probably clogged with food and food particles. If this is the case, follow these directions.

  • Find where your refrigerator drain tubes are. They are usually at the rear.
  • Find a pipe cleaner or small plastic tube that you can push through the tubes.
  • Make a solution consisting of a small amount of soap and ammonia. Remember to keep it MILD. Pour this solution down the tubes. Ideally, you will want to use a turkey baster or syringe to squeeze the solution into the hole.
  • Remove the front grill of the fridge to check the drain pan underneath the fridge. The front grill should be on the left side, underneath the fridge.
  • If the soapy water starts to drain, good. You’ve probably fixed your problem. However, if it doesn’t drain, you DO still have a problem. In this case, go to the next step.
  • Get inside your fridge and physically push the pipe cleaner or tube down through the drain hole.
  • Flush the drain hole with water again.
  • Now you should see water draining into the pan. If it is, good. Let it sit since the water will eventually evaporate.

how to fix a refrigerator leak

A lot of times refrigerator leaks result from keeping the fridge in an unheated porch, garage, or basement. When heat flows across the refrigerator’s cold exterior, the heat condenses and starts to form water, which then leaks onto your walls and floor. Sometimes, you can solve the problem by simply putting a space heater near the fridge. If after awhile you see no water, then condensation is your problem. You can easily fix this by moving your fridge to warmer spot in your home.

A refrigerator leak is a small problem that can quickly grow into a large problem if you do not take care of it promptly. Use this how to repair a refrigerator leak guide to help you nip the problem in the bud and have peace of mind that your refrigerator is running smoothly and properly.