What is Causing a Puddle in Front of the Refrigerator?

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Have you walked into your kitchen to find a puddle in front of your refrigerator? You might expect that eventually from your washer or dishwasher, seeing as they use water for their regular function. However, your refrigerator producing a puddle? Now that is unexpected. However, this can be caused by a number of issues that will need to be addressed.

Defrost Drain

When the defrost kicks on to melt the frost in your freezer, the melt drips down into a drain on the bottom of your refrigerator. Unfortunately, the drain is really no more than a small hole. This means it is easily plugged and can result in the water pooling up and leaking out. You will want to locate the hole and check that it is clear.

Drain Pan

Located under the defrost drain, the drain pan holds water that was drained away so it can innocently evaporate. However, if it is cracked, that can cause it to leak out. While less likely, the water can also build up and overflow. If this is the case, you have more than just a leak problem. You will want to find out why your refrigerator is producing so much frost.

Leak in the Water Line

If it is quite a sizable puddle, chances are it is coming from the back of your refrigerator. You will want to check to make sure the area where the water line connects to the refrigerator, as well as the water line itself, is dry. These two parts can manifest leaks as they age. You will want to check for not only moisture but cracks and spots the feel brittle in the plastic. If the hose has also been kinked for a long period of time, this can cause damage as well.

If you have also recently replaced your water filter, installing the new one incorrectly can result in leaks as well.

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