How To Repair A Leaking Refrigerator?

So, your refrigerator is leaking water down the inside, and it is pooling up on the base of it and spoiling your food in the process. Don’t throw that refrigerator out yet! It may be time to clean out your drain.

Required Tools

Screwdriver (Optional)


Required Materials

Pipe Cleaner

Water & Vinegar


1.First, you will be required to ensure that your “water cup” if you have a standard freezer-on-top setting. This is going to be found at the back of the fridge, behind the dials and light. You may need to remove the dials and light using a tool. After finding the cup, check to see if it is filled with liquid. If it is, this is usually a good symbol that the drain hose in the back is stuffed up.

If you have a side-by-side configuration, the drain hole will be in the back of the freezer at the bottom. You may need to remove the condenser to reach it. If it is clogged, there is more than likely a good amount of ice on it as well. This will be a good indication it is clogged.

2.If the container is full, then you should suck out the water with a turkey baster. If the water cup is removable, you can take it out and wash it with warm water. While it is out, you will be able to squirt a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture down the drain tube. This will clear it out and keep it from freezing up on you. A pipe cleaner may aid in cleaning out especially clogged drains.

If the side-by-side has it’s drain plugged, you may be required to unplug it and wait for the drain to unthaw. Use the cooler to put your food in so that it won’t thaw out, and you can even put it in the refrigerator and close the door to keep it cool in there while it is unplugged. It may last as long as 4 or 5 hours to unthaw.

3.If you have the traditional setting and it continues to leak, check the drain in the freezer. It must be located underneath the coils in the rear. Pour some water and vinegar down the drain to see if it is blocked. If it is blocked, you can put your frozen food in a cooler; unplug it and wait a while.

This should unfreeze the drain; once thawed, pour water down it to see if it is unblocked. If not, use the pipe cleaner and see if you can push it down there to get it unblocked.

Tips & Warnings

If your fridge is leaking on the floor, there could be various issues. Go to the manufacturer’s website in the resources section for the possible issues. BOLA TANGKAS