How to Fix a Leaking Refrigerator

Water on the floor around a refrigerator is enough to make anyone nervous.  But often there's a simple reason for the problem--and an easy cure.

The key is locating the source.  Follow these steps to fix a leaking fridge.

Things You Will Need

  • Meat Baster
  • Adjustable Pliers
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Soap
  • Nut Driver And Socket
  • Replacement Parts
  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver


  • To keep door gaskets clean and supple, wash them twice a year with warm, soapy water, then coat them with a light film of petroleum jelly.
  • Some refrigerators have an internal defrost drain that is meant to be serviced by a professional. If you can't find your drain, call a pro.


  • To prevent possible electrical shock, always unplug your refrigerator before working on it.
  • Put carpet scraps or another soft material under the front legs before pulling your refrigerator away from the wall. Otherwise, the legs could damage the flooring.

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