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Dealing with a Clogged Defrost Drain in Your Fridge or Freezer

A clogged defrost drain is one of the most common reasons for leaking refrigerators. If your fridge is leaking, it’s important to call one of the many expert appliance repair shops in the GTA as quickly as possible.

How it Works


Your fridge collects moisture on its refrigeration lines in the freezer as long as it is running. If left alone, the moisture on the coils can freeze. Luckily, your fridge is designed to go into defrost cycle so it can melt that ice off of the cooling coils. This defrost cycle happens every six to 48 hours, depending on your fridge brand and the temperature your refrigerator is set at.


The thawed water then flows from the coils into a pan. When everything works as it should, this water will evaporate before the next defrost cycle is due. The problem happens when the defrost drain is clogged, causing that water to overflow and go back into your fridge’s freezer.


If your fridge has a freezer on the top, that water will drain back into the fridge’s fresh food section. With enough water, you’ll begin to find it on the floor around your fridge. If your have a side-by-side fridge/freezer, a fridge with the freezer on the bottom, or a freezer without fridge attached, you’ll see the water begin to collect at the freezer’s bottom. When the bottom fills with ice, it will begin to flood out the door and, again, end up all over the kitchen floor. Then you need that leaking appliance repaired.


What Caused the Clog?


When it comes to a clogged defrost drain, the culprit can be almost anything. You may discover anything from food to dust to plastic sandwich bags stuck in the drain. When you call an expert to help you pull the debris out, you may be amazed by what works its way into your defrost drain.


Steps to Take When You Have a Leaking Fridge


If your fridge is leaking and you suspect you may have a clogged defrost drain, it’s a good idea to unplug the fridge. This will stop more water from freezing on the coils and then draining and causing a bigger puddle. The bigger the puddle in your kitchen, the greater the chance that it may reach your cabinets or cause damage to the tiles.


If you can remove any ice that has formed in the freezer section of your fridge or on the bottom of a stand-alone freezer, do it. This will also prevent more water from leaking all over the floor or damaging your fresh food section of the fridge.


Next, call a professional to help deal with the problem. You can find same day appliance repair in Toronto and across the GTA so you don’t have to worry about food spoiling. The extra cost of same day service may be offset by the money you save by when your meat and produce can be saved from spoiling.


Check the testimonials on the appliance repair company’s website, along with independent reviews on other websites. Then make the call as soon as you can. When it comes to a clogged defrost drain, you don’t want to see the puddle in your kitchen turn into a lake.

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