Leaking Refrigerator? How To Locate And Repair Leaks

If you have a commercial refrigerator that you use daily for your job, you obviously don't want it to break as that can lead to the loss of valuable food products. You should keep a specialist's number on hand, like Decatur Heat & Air, Inc., to avoid serious trouble during a work hours. If you suspect you just have a leak, you may be able to easily repair it without the need for a service call. Here are some of the main types of refrigerator leaks and how to repair them yourself.

Drain Pan

If you have leaking that is coming out from the bottom of your refrigerator, you may have a problem with the drain pan. The drain pan collects excess moisture that the heating coils give off in the form of condensation. It also collects excess moisture from the freezer area. If there is a leak in the drain pan, you will have leakage on your floor. Pull the pan out from underneath your refrigerator and check it for holes or cracks. You can purchase a new one from an appliance service store.

Drainage System

There is a system that drains excess water from your freezer to the drainage pan underneath your refrigerator. If there is a clog in the drainage lines, the result will be leaking throughout your refrigerator. The drain starts in the bottom of your freezer. Unplug your refrigerator and try poking a stiff coffee stirrer into the hole of the drainage to help dislodge any ice buildup. You could also try using a hair dryer to melt any ice inside the lines. Plug the refrigerator back in and check to see if the leaking has stopped.


If your refrigerator is not level on your floor, you risk having leakage from underneath the unit. Use a level to see if your refrigerator is sitting plumb on the floor. If not, the front legs can be adjusted. Most will allow you to place a screwdriver into a hole in the leg area that will lift the refrigerator to the level you desire.

Door Seal

If the seal on your refrigerator door is not working, warm air will get inside your refrigerator causing it to run constantly. This will cause the coils to build up excess condensation that can lead to leaking. Wash the gaskets on your freezer and refrigerator doors with a mild detergent and water mixture. You can add a thin layer of petroleum jelly to aid in the door sticking when it is shut.