How to Unclog Refrigerator Drain Tubes

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Self-cleaning refrigerators have a drainage system to allow the defrosted liquids to flow into the drain pan located beneath the refrigerator. The defrosting process is continuous and you don't notice it until something happens. If you find that water is accumulating inside the bottom of your refrigerator, you probably have a clogged drain tube.

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Things you need

  • Stiff wire
  • Warm, soapy water

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  1. 1

    Unplug the refrigerator from the electricity source.

  2. 2

    Locate the drain hole, which is usually found at the bottom of the refrigerator.

  3. 3

    Remove the plugs from the drain tube at bottom of the refrigerator and freezer compartments.

  4. 4

    Insert the stiff wire into the drain tube to unclog the tube and remove any debris that has accumulated.

  5. 5

    Flush the drain with warm soapy water.

  6. 6

    Replace the drain tube plug.

Tips and warnings

  • While you're cleaning the drain tube, clean the drain pan. The drain pan is located underneath the refrigerator.
  • Refer to your refrigerator manufacturers instructions for locating and accessing the drain tube.

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