Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fixing the Fridge (or not)

The refrigerator has been sort of leaking for a while (read a couple of years) and for some reason this morning I decided I could fix it myself.  After all Michael replaced the turn signal thingy last month with help from YouTube and there are instructions on how to put the liner back up in his 99 Jeep so there must be directions on how to stop the fridge from leaking!

Obviously not my fridge but could be my life!

Off to YouTube I went.............It looked easy enough and they got it done in minutes!

Step one unplug the fridge.....Done!

Step two empty out the freezer of death...Done!

Step three take the shelf out of the freezer with the bag of frozen soup stuck to it....Done (eventually after much playing with it)!

Step four take the back panel off the freezer....Can apparently only be done by someone with the right tools.  Instead clean the inside of the freezer, get the soup off the shelf thingy and put everything neatly back in the freezer.

Step five (looked very easy once again on YouTube) clean out the drain tube which should be located directly over the motor in the back bottom of the freezer....Apparently only if you live in England does it work like this.  Instead clean up under the fridge, plug it back in and place it carefully from whence it came.

Step six live with fridge that leaks...Done!


  1. Live with the Leaks. Just plug your ears and stock up on tea towels!!

    I love that you tried!

    1. My husband tells me the only time you fail is when you don't try. Well...not a failure!

  2. I am sooo impressed! I would never have tried that--I'm allergic to tools!

  3. Wow, I'm impressed you tackled that job Colleen. I've done it a couple of times. My "easy" trick, is unplug drain tube, squirt hot soapy water into drain tube with turkey baster, until its clear. Replace tube, clean up huge gross mess, throw away turkey baster.

  4. Well, for what it’s worth, I think it’s great that you had the initiative and the enthusiasm to fix the fridge yourself! Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out right. What you might want to check out is the drain of your fridge. A clogged drain is one of the more probable reasons why your fridge is leaking right now. Have Michael check out if the drain of your fridge is plugged up. That should help rule out one of the possibilities.

    Brooke Harris

    1. Brooke, thanks for the kudos! Michael is going to need to get to the freezer drain which I tried on my attempt. When I was cleaning the fridge yesterday I noticed that the water is definitly leaking from the drain that goes from the freezer down the inside of the fridge. The tough part is that there is a cover in the freezer that for the life of me I could not figure out how to get off!

  5. Fixing the fridge is really a tricky task to do. In times like these, it’s always recommended to seek the help of the pro, because we may end up doing more damage, especially if you aren't a very technical person. I hope you got it fixed by now. All the best!

    Lashon Cheatham @ All About Air