Top 2 Reasons Your Fridge Has Water In It

If you notice that your fridge has water or unnecessary condensation inside, the first thing you need to do is check and see if these top two culprits are behind the problem.

#1: Your Refrigerator Doors Are Not Closed Properly

If the door to your fridge or freezer is not closed properly, condensation will start to develop and cause it to look like your fridge is leaking water. Here are a few common reasons why your fridge may not be closing properly:

  • An item in your fridge or freezer is preventing the doors from closing properly. If this is the case, all you need to do is rearrange the items so that your door can close.
  • If your fridge is not level, the door will not spring closed like it is designed to do. Most fridges have mechanisms on the bottom that allow you to level your fridge. If your fridge doesn't have a mechanism like this, use some cardboard or wood to level out your fridge. Your fridge should be a little higher in the front and lower in the back in order for your doors to close properly. 
  • The liner around your door may be cracked. If the liner is compromised at all, this may prevent your fridge door from sealing properly. You will need to either repair the crack or replace the liner. 

#2: Something Is Blocking Your Defrost Drain

At the bottom of your fridge, under the fruit and vegetable compartments, you should have a small drain hole. This drain is in place so that any built-up condensation, or any liquids that are spilt in your fridge, will drain out instead of just sitting at the bottom of your fridge. The liquids go through the drain to the drip pan located under your fridge, where most of the liquids should evaporate away. 

You can easily check to see if something is blocking the drain holes in your fridge. Just pull out the compartments located at the bottom of your fridge, and visually inspect the drain holes. You can use a towel or a cleaning wipe to wipe away any liquids or debris that has accumulated around the drain pipe. 

You can also test the drain and make sure that nothing is clogging it up by sending a little bit of hot water through the drain. The hot water should flow right through. It is advisable to use boiling hot water over cold water, since the hot water may be able to do a dual job and break up anything that is clogging the drain hole. 

If the drain hole is clogged, you can use a thin wire or a thin brush to clean out the hole and remove water  obstructing it. 

More than likely, if your fridge has some extra condensation in it or there is some water sitting on the bottom of the fridge, one of the two culprits above is behind the issue. For more information, contact Top Notch Appliance Repair or a similar company.