Residential refrigerators have drain systems that are essential to the operation of the unit. A faulty or clogged drain line can result in an inefficient refrigerator. The unit might struggle to cool down to the proper degree and use more electricity. Before you call a professional HVAC contractor, you should try to unclog your drain line on your own. This article explains how to do it.
Importance of the Drain Line
The drain line is vital to the operation of an efficient and cold refrigerator. The drain hole is located at the bottom of the compartment and it leads to a pipe that drains on the outside of the unit, into a drain pan. The drain line is important because the refrigerator is cooled by a condensation device, which means there is condensation inside the refrigerator box. The drain allows this extra water to escape the refrigerator box. The drain can get clogged with food, ice or dirt. This will lead to more condensation, which can cause the unit to run all day, overheat, ruin the food and be very inefficient.
Unclogging the Drain Line
You will need a plumbing snake to unclog your drain line. A small snake will be long enough for a refrigerator drain line. The first step is to pull your refrigerator away from the wall and unplug it. Then, you need to remove the kick plate at the bottom of the refrigerator. It is right underneath the doors and can usually be removed very easily (no tools necessary). You will probably need to remove the vegetable drawers at the bottom of the unit to find the drain hole. It will be the only hole at the bottom of the compartment.
Insert the snake into the hole and push it through until it starts to come out of the drain pipe. You might need a flashlight to see what is going on underneath the refrigerator. You might see clumps of dirt or ice come out of the drain line as you are snaking it. This will then be followed by a gush of water that was released from the unclogging. The drain line is small, so this won't be a huge amount of water (just a few ounces).
Finally, you can reattach the kick plate, put the vegetable drawers back in and plug in the refrigerator. This is a simple way to fix a condensation-filled refrigerator. Click here for more information on refrigerator repair.