5 Potential Leaky Areas | Does Your Refrigerator Meet One of Them?


Leaks in your kitchen do not always come from your sink or dishwasher. Truth is, your refrigerator can be leaking from 5 different areas. This issue should be addressed immediately especially if the leak has reached the floor – and we’ll tell you why. Water on your kitchen floor is a slipping hazard and can put anyone at risk of experiencing electric shock who comes in contact with water and electrical outlets.

Since there are different brands and types of refrigerators, these trouble shooting tips will address the various problems your refrigerator may be experiencing. Consulting your manufacturer’s refrigerator manual will serve as a tool in fixing your appliance.

  1. Front of Lower Refrigerator

If your refrigerator is leaking from the front of the lower section of your refrigerator this usually means that your fridge is a “self-defrosting” model where the drain line can become clogged. Drain/water line replacement parts can be found here: 1st Source Water Line Parts


  • Unplug your refrigerator
  • Remove front plastic guard on the front of the fridge
  • Remove plastic tray; generally slides out of compartment
  • Locate end of the drain line
  • Drain line into an empty bucket
  • Remove top portion of the drain tube; inspect for any chucks of ice that may be clogging the line
  • If ice is found, run line under hot water to melt chunks
  • One clog is cleared, reinstall drain line

  1. Very Bottom of Refrigerator

If there is a leak coming from the bottom (underneath) your refrigerator, this generally means that there is a hole/crack in the bottom of the drip pan. The drip pans in your refrigerator catches excess water following the regular defrost cycle in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Click here to order replacement part: 1st Source Drip/Drain Pans

Note: Some refrigerator’s drip pans are installed right on the compressor.


  • Locate your refrigerator’s drip pan
  • Visually inspect pan for cracks or holes
  • If your drip pan is damaged, order a replacement part immediately
  • If there is no visible damage make sure pan is positioned correctly

  1. Back Rear of Refrigerator

A leak coming from the rear end of your refrigerator the water valve/water line is almost always the cause of the problem.


  • Unplug your refrigerator before examining the water valve
  • Be sure to check the water line that connects from the bottom of the fridge to the back of the freezer
  • The solenoid that opens and closes the water valve can also be the cause of a leak. The solenoid opens and closes the ice chute door on the ice dispenser. Click here to order replacement part: 1st Source Solenoids Parts
  • The valve that turns the water on and off for water dispenser & ice maker can also be cause of leak if there is a hole or crack in it
  • Check any line where water flows for holes/cracks or has become disconnected from outlet
  • If your water inlet valve is damaged click here for replacement parts: 1st Source Water Inlet Valves

  1. Inside of Refrigerator

If your refrigerator is leaking from the inside of your refrigerator then the drain line is most likely clogged.  Drain lines are generally located behind the refrigerator’s crisper drawers. You can find replacement drain line’s in the link provided in section 1. 


  • Locate crisper drawers
  • Remove the 2 drawers from refrigerator and find the drain line outlet
  • Use a hand-held mirror to look inside the drain outlet; inspect for anything that may be clogging it
  • If nothing is visibly found, remove the drain line from the other end and pour water into the outlet so it will come out of the drain line on the other side
  • This flow of water should remove any junk that may be clogging the line
  • If water does not seem to do the trick, feed a mini plumber’s snake through the line to ensure clog is cleared
  • Once clog is removed, reassemble drain line and periodically check for leaks

  1. Bottom (Inside) Fridge

A leak coming from the bottom of the inside of your refrigerator is usually caused by faulty door gaskets. If there is air entering your refrigerator through worn/ripped door gaskets, this causes excess moisture in your fridge to drip down and overfill the drip pan. When the drip pan overflows, the water will drip down onto your kitchen floor. A defective door gasket can cause this as well. If your door gasket becomes encrusted with debris or there is food stuck in the cracks of refrigerator door then door will not be able to close properly.


  • Inspect refrigerator drawer and drain gaskets for any damage or build up
  • Be sure that your refrigerator door shuts completely when closed. The door deal may be damaged if door will not close.
  • You can also make sure that the nuts&bolts that keep the fridge door mounted are tightened and secure
  • If door gaskets are the root of your problem, order replacement parts here: 1st Source Door Gaskets

If this blog was helpful, refer to our blog site for other maintenance and DIY repairs for your appliances at https://1stsourceservall.wordpress.com/

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