If you walk by your refrigerator and notice a puddle of water, you may need to remove and empty the drip pan. The drip pan collects water when the freezer goes into a defrost cycle. Most times there is very little water and the water evaporates quickly. When there is a problem with the freezer or the water does not evaporate between defrost cycles, the drip pan fills with water. If the front bottom of your refrigerator has a grille, you access the drip pan from the front. If there is no grille, access the drip pan from the rear.
Things You'll Need
- Lint brush
Unplug the refrigerator from the wall outlet. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall so that you can access the rear of the refrigerator.
Look under the refrigerator with a flashlight and locate the drip pan. Often when people install refrigerators they neglect to pull the packing from around the drip pan. The drip pan may have tape or styrofoam around it.
Remove any packing material away from the drip pan and pull the drip pan out from under the refrigerator.
Pull the grille at the bottom of the refrigerator below the refrigerator door with your fingers. The grille secures to the refrigerator with plastic clips.
Remove any debris from the access area and throw the debris in the trash. The coils and fan under the refrigerator attract dust and dirt. Clean out the area with a lint brush if you have one.
Pull the drip pan out from under the refrigerator.
Tips & Warnings
- Empty and clean the refrigerator drip pan once a year.
- If the drip pan continues to overfill with water, you may have a freezer compressor issue. Call a repairman to come service the refrigerator.
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