Why is there water pooling at the bottom of my refrigerator?

Water pooling at the bottom of your refrigerator or inside or underneath your vegetable crisper drawers is usually caused by a blocked or clogged defrost drain or tube. When your refrigerator defrost cycle runs,  excess water collects in this tube and is sent through a drain and into an evaporation or condensation pan at the bottom of the refrigerator where the water naturally evaporates back into the air.

water at the bottom of your refrigerator

Water pooling at the bottom of your refrigerator or inside or underneath your vegetable crisper drawers is usually caused by a blocked or clogged defrost drain or tube.

Food debris and ice can block the line, parts that are part of the line (such as valves, etc.), collection cup or the defrost drain, causing water to flow into or out of the fridge. To fix this, locate the drain on your refrigerator and flush it out using hot water applied through a turkey baster. You can also check the drainage tube for buildup of ice or other debris. You may need to remove a back panel or kick plate in order to get at this part (remember to unplug your refrigerator first). You can flush out any drainage tube parts with warm water or clean the ends with a pipe cleaner, small brush or cotton swab before reattaching the part.

Other refrigerator parts to check:

Make sure your evaporator or drain pan located underneath the refrigerator is not cracked or damaged. If it is, it might be spilling or leaking water out onto your floor. Replace the evaporator or drain pan with a new one.

Refrigerator Door Gasket Part number: 216522309

Refrigerator Door Gasket Part number: 216522309
Manufacturer: Electrolux

Check your refrigerator’s door gasket and make sure the seal is tight and free from damage. A worn or loose gasket might be causing more warm air than normal to enter your refrigerator, causing condensation on the walls of your refrigerator which then runs down the inside of your fridge and collects at the  bottom of your refrigerator.

If your refrigerator has a water or ice dispenser, check the tubing and connections to the water filter, water fill valve, icemaker inlet and dispenser inlet to make sure the connections to the tubing supply line are secure and there are no leaks. However, usually leaks only happen when the icemaker or water dispenser is being used.

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6 thoughts on “Why is there water pooling at the bottom of my refrigerator?

  1. […] If you have water pooling inside your refrigerator, say at the bottom of the fridge or underneath crisper pans, read more about it on “Why is there water pooling at the bottom of my refrigerator?” […]

  2. Mike's Heating & Cooling June 16, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Mike's Heating & Cooling and commented:
    Do you have water pooling at bottom of refrigerator? Check out this helpful blog on what it might be.

  3. Wanda May 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Yes I do have water at the bottom of my frig. What can i do to fix it.

  4. Jesse January 21, 2018 at 11:05 pm Reply

    I have this problem with my old fridge, we’ve defrosted it multiple times and I’m told it’s an old design where water is supposed to collect in the bottom and evaporate. However, too much water builds up and is always leaking out whenever the door is opened.

    • everyappliancepart January 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm Reply

      Hi Jesse,

      Yes, water can collect in the bottom outside of the fridge, but if the water is collecting at the bottom inside the fridge, this might be due to a clogged drain or drain hose. To access it, you will probably need to disassemble the inside of the freezer compartment to remove plastic coverings to expose the drain. If you find your refrigerator’s model number, you can enter it into YouTube for a video on how to do this. Be sure to follow all safety instructions before performing any work: https://everyappliancepart.wordpress.com/warning-before-starting-any-appliance-repair/. If you do not know where to look on your appliance to find your model number, here’s a helpful page: http://www.everyappliancepart.com/help_finding_model_number.php. The blog post has tips on how to defrost the drain hose. Good luck!

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