How to Locate the Drain Tube in a Refrigerator

If you open up your refrigerator only to discover a pool of stagnant water with a number of questionable objects floating inside, you've got a blocked refrigerator drain.

Locate the drain tube in your refrigerator for cleaning.Locate the drain tube in your refrigerator for cleaning.
One of the first steps in rectifying this problem is to locate the drain tube in a refrigerator so you can clear out the blockage. Normally these tubes carry liquid from the refrigerator into the drain pan below, but food debris and even mold or mildew can impede this.

Turn off the refrigerator. Either unplug the refrigerator from the socket, or cut the power at the main circuit breaker to the circuit where the refrigerator is connected.

Open the refrigerator door. Pull out any drawers in the refrigerator. Remove any objects from the lowest refrigerator shelf. Pull out the refrigerator shelf. This may either pull straight out, or you may need to lift it up and then pull out.

Use a rag to wipe up any standing liquids or food debris in the bottom of the refrigerator.

Follow the slope of the refrigerator surface underneath the shelf to the lowest point. This will be the location of the refrigerator drain tube.

Clear any food debris that might be blocking the front of the drain tube. Push a flexible hose into the drain opening and feed it through the drain pipe.

Things You Will Need

  • Rag
  • Flexible tubing
  • Bleach
  • Warm water
  • Turkey baster


  • Keep your refrigerator drain tube by using a turkey baster to squeeze a mixture of bleach and warm water into the tube. Be sparing with the bleach, as it can be quite powerful. A quarter of a capful in a pint of warm water is a good mixture.

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.