Water can leak from these areas:The bottom front of the refrigerator or freezer doorThe back of the refrigeratorThe inside ceiling of the refrigeratorThe inside back wall of the refrigeratorUnderneath the front of the refrigerator
The bottom front of the refrigerator or freezer door
refrigerators usually dispose of the water generated during the defrost
cycle via a tube or channel that directs the water to a pan at the
bottom of the refrigerator. From the pan, the water normally
evaporates. (See a more detailed explanation of this in the How Things
Work section of our website).
If the tube or channel is clogged
or obstructed, the water backs up and leaks into the inside of the
refrigerator compartment. Then the water builds up at the bottom,
inside of the refrigerator. When the water has built up for a time it
may spill out of the front of the door opening. To fix this problem,
clear the drain tube or channel and allow the defrost water to flow
down to the drain pan.
In some refrigerators, the defrost
water is intentionally directed down the back wall of the refrigerator,
where it then flows to the bottom of the refrigerator compartment and
out to a small drain--usually located beneath one of the drawers at the
bottom of the refrigerator. If the drain becomes clogged or blocked,
the water may back up. To fix this problem, clear the obstruction.
cause may be the following. The refrigerator may have doorframe heaters
to evaporate any condensation on the cabinet frame. If your
refrigerator is equipped with a switch inside that says “energy saver”
or something similar, while running in that mode the door heaters are
disabled. Turn the switch to the opposite setting and wait 24 hours. If
the condensation disappears the problem is solved.
The back of the refrigerator
coming from the back of the refrigerator usually comes from either the
ice maker water valve or line (if there is an ice maker), or from the
defrost drain pan.
Here's what to do:
The inside ceiling of the refrigerator
the water is coming from the ice maker water valve, check to make sure
the water tubes are attached properly and are fastened tightly.
- If the water seems to be coming from any part of the valve itself, replace the valve.
- If the water appears to be coming from the defrost drain pan, inspect for holes or cracks, and replace the pan if necessary.
accumulating on the ceiling of the refrigerator is usually caused by a
clogged drain in the freezer section beneath the evaporator. The
clogged drain will cause water from the self defrost cycle to leak into
the divider between the freezer and refrigerator. This water may then
freeze and cause condensation build-up on the refrigerator ceiling. The
solution to this problem begins with unclogging the drain. It may also
be necessary to remove the entire freezer/refrigerator divider to
thoroughly dry the insulation in the divider. Occasionally the
insulation needs to be replaced to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
This can be a big job – you may want to hire a qualified appliance
The inside back wall of the refrigerator
some refrigerators, the water from the defrost cycle is intentionally
directed down the back wall of the refrigerator, where it then flows to
the bottom of the refrigerator compartment and out to a small drain -
usually located beneath one of the drawers at the bottom of the
refrigerator. If the drain becomes clogged or blocked, the water may
back up. To fix this problem, clear the obstruction.
Underneath the front of the refrigerator
the refrigerator is equipped with a water dispenser on the freezer
door, check if the water line to the dispenser is leaking. Also, check
the drip pan to be sure it isn’t out of place, broken or cracked.