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

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Last month my friend Dave called me saying that water was pooling under his samsung refrigerator crisper.

I’ve noticed that it’s a recurring theme with most refrigerators, so I thought that a quick visual guide would help you if you have water collecting at the bottom of your fridge too.

How do I stop water from pooling under the pantry draw on my refrigerator

Step 1.

Most of the time is caused by a little hole blocked at the back of your fridge. It’s a condensation drain hole and collects water and sends it down to a tube to a little evaporation pan, where water evaporates off back to the air.

Fridge with draining hole blocked
Fridge with draining hole blocked

Step 2.

If you get mold or bits of food blocking this hole, water can’t escape so it ends up going at the bottom of your fridge or it might even be leaking off.

The first thing that you can do I just get a q-tip little earbud and give the hole a good clean-out, try to get rid of all the mold that you might find. On some instances that’s enough to solve the problem.

Insert a Q-tip on the drainage hole
Insert a Q-tip on the drainage hole

Step 3.

If the first step didn’t solve it, your next best bet is to shove something small and very long all the way down the whole. 

A curtain wire for instance might do the trick. It’s a thin bit of plastic that you can feed out. Keep in mind that this whole goes all the way down to the bottom of your fridge. It’s better be safe than sorry so before this step I do recommend you to unplug your fridge… Especially if you are using anything metal, like a wire hanger. Plastic won’t conduct electricity, but wet surfaces do!

Use a long plastic wire and unplug the fridge
Use a long plastic wire and unplug the fridge

Step 4.

Once you get the wire all the way down, rotate it a little clockwise and anticlockwise to make sure that there is nothing left blocking the water drain.

rotate it a little clockwise and anticlockwise
Rotate it a little clockwise and anticlockwise

Step 5.

With the q-tip you can try to get out any other bit of food left coming out and you then you are pretty much done! 

Job done!
Get any other food left coming out and you are done!

This process should be enough to have this refrigerator drain cleaned up. Water should stop pooling at the bottom of your fridge and will go instead directly to the evaporation pan. 

You want to do this process at least once every 6 months or as needed. The more often you do it, the less likely is for water to bother you again in your fridge.

In summary

Dave managed to fix the water pooling at the bottom of his Samsung refrigerator just with a q-tip. Hard bread does suck a lot of water!

Let me know if you found this guide helpful on how to get rid of water pooling at the bottom of a refrigerator and I will do my best to keep creating more guides like this.

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