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Fridge leaking. Any suggestions?

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PeachesMcLean Sun 09-Sep-07 08:47:32

Keeps leaking from the sides towards the back. Like it's incontinent and keeps doing a little wee on the floor.

I've checked the drain thing inside and it's not overflowing.

I don't want to buy a new fridge. sad

Any suggestions?

glitterchick Sun 09-Sep-07 10:42:31

This happened to my mums fridge. She had to buy a new one - sorry! How old is your fridge? Hers was old - guy came to have a look and told her it wasn't worth repairing.

biglips Sun 09-Sep-07 10:48:12

or its time to have a look on Freecycle

(we got a chest freezer that was only 18m old off Freecycle - fab!)

PeachesMcLean Sun 09-Sep-07 15:40:07

Oh dear. That's not the response I was after! grin

It's not that old - only about 8 years.

Might have to get a Man round to look at it...

fussymummy Sun 09-Sep-07 15:57:01

My fridge was 13 years old and doing this.

I wanted a new bigger fridge so was happy to get rid of it!!

My mates husband told me that the pipe at the back of the fridge was probably just blocked.

Might be worth looking there.

Lubyloo Sun 09-Sep-07 16:10:53

Is water gathering in the bottom of the fridge?

PeachesMcLean Sun 09-Sep-07 16:22:11

No there's no water in the bottom of the fridge. it's literally just at the same point either side, about four inches from the back.

I was wondering about blocked pipes but I'm just not sure where to start.

Lubyloo Sun 09-Sep-07 20:07:38

I had water collecting at the back and in the bottom of my fridge so that every time I pulled the salad drawer out there was a deluge of water.

This is what worked for us: We pulled the fridge out and unplugged it. DH then posted a bike brake cable (any long thin wire should do) into the drainage outlet in the fridge and threaded it through. The drainage tube runs down the back of the fridge and the water collects in a pan at the bottom. I was able to watch the wire come through the tube and push out loads of gunk (pretty disgusting) The tube is now unblocked and I have no more water leaking out!

It was very simple and saved us having to get a new fridge.

PeachesMcLean Sun 09-Sep-07 20:34:41

Thanks luby we'll try that. The inside of our fridge is dry though, it's leaking on the outside. But I'll try anything to be honest, thanks.

UCM Sun 09-Sep-07 20:36:38

Turn the dial up a bit. If you have it on 2 it's too low. You need 4 or 5

PeachesMcLean Sun 09-Sep-07 20:47:29

I usually have it on 3 and it seems quite cold. If I turn it up to 4 or 5 I nearly freeze the food, especially at the back. But will try turning it up as well, to see if that stops it. And as I'm clearing up a couple of small puddles twice a day at the moment I should see results within a day i'd guess. Thanks.

SourOldBagpuss Sun 09-Sep-07 20:58:18

Mine was leaking and I paid sby to come and shove a pipe cleaner down the drain at the back. Oops. Expensive way to learn how to maintain your fridge!

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