How to Fix a Refrigerator With a Blocked Drain Tube

As warm items cool down, condensation appears.
Leaks from the fridge may be due to a clogged drain line.Leaks from the fridge may be due to a clogged drain line.
During the cooling process in your refrigerator, this is a common occurrence. To keep the fridge from filling up with water, a drain line is installed towards the back of the main compartment or the freezer. Water drains down the line and into the drain pan, located near the compressor. If the drain line is clogged, the unit may fill with puddles or leak all over the floor. Cleaning the drain line is a part of regular maintenance.

Step 1

Unplug the unit from the wall.

Step 2

Pull out the vegetable crisper at the bottom of the unit. Look for a drain hole there. Remove all the food from the freezer if there isn't a drain hole in the fridge compartment. Remove the screws from the back wall and pull it out to locate the drain line.

Step 3

Fill a turkey baster with a mixture of 50 percent warm water and 50 percent bleach.

Step 4

Squirt the 50/50 mixture into the drain hole and allow the water to flow through.

Step 5

Pour a small amount of water into the drain line to test it. Reassemble the fridge.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Turkey baster
  • Bleach