Like many appliances in my kitchen, I’m not always entirely sure about how they work. And if I’m not sure how they work, I most likely do not know how to fix them when they break.
This is what happened when I noticed that my refrigerator was leaking water on the inside. At first I thought I just dropped an ice cube on the floor inside the fridge and it melted, but it persisted for a couple days before I looked it up. Here’s what I found:
It seemed that the cause was the defrost drain. In freezer-on-top refrigerators, blockage of this drain due to ice or food debris is a simple and fairly common problem. Water that cannot escape through the defrost drain as it normally would ends up spilling out – hence the leak.
And how to fix it. First remove the food from your fridge. Then remove the drain cover and unplug your fridge.
Finally, I decided to apply a little TLC, in the form of a hot compress placed over the drain. I had to replace the compress several times as it cooled, but within approximately an hour the drain cover was removable.
Flushing the Drain
From there it was a simple matter of flushing the drain with hot water. Some people use a turkey baster for this but since the last time I roasted a whole turkey was … um … never, I don’t own this particular piece of kitchen equipment. Instead I used a funnel to pour a thin stream of warm water into the drain. After a short while the liquid ran freely, unhampered by any blockage. Problem solved!
Found at Networx.com
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