When you walk into your kitchen to find a puddle forming underneath your refrigerator, it can be quite alarming, especially if your fridge doesn't have an ice maker or a water dispenser. In addition to creating a mess, a leaking refrigerator can cause damage to your home. Fortunately, there are a Footie Away Days number of steps that you can take to address a leaky icebox that will save you time and money over calling a professional refrigerator repair service.
The first thing you should do upon finding a puddle of water on the kitchen floor is to make sure it's actually coming from the refrigerator. This may seem silly, but there are more than a few people who have panicked over a broken refrigerator, only to find that the water was from a spill. There have even been cases where homeowners called in a refrigerator repair technician, who found nothing wrong with the appliance until he observed the customers' young child walk through the kitchen and depress the lever for the water dispenser just for the fun of it. If you've got obvious signs of water dripping down the fridge door from the water and ice dispenser, or you have a puddle in the middle of the floor, a significant distance from your refrigerator, it's a safe bet that the problem lies somewhere else.
Once you're convinced that the problem lies within your refrigerator, you should check your water supply line, which will be connected to your fridge if you have an ice maker or water dispenser. The water supply line connects to the back of your refrigerator, so if there is a leak there, you should be able to see it by pulling the refrigerator out. Depending on the part that is leaking, you may be able to fix it with some simple refrigerator repairs by simply replacing the tubing or tightening the compression nuts near the inlet valve.
Even if your refrigerator doesn't have a water/ice dispenser (and thus no water supply), you may still experience leaks due to condensation or melting ice. If you notice a puddle coming from underneath your refrigerator, it can likely be traced to the drip pan at the bottom of the unit. Water from the refrigerator drips into this pan where it evaporates. If your refrigerator is tilted, however, the water could spill out onto the floor. The answer to this problem is another fairly simple refrigeration repair: leveling the fridge. The refrigerator should be completely level from side to side, and tilted slightly toward the back. If necessary, you can pull off the front kickplate or grille and turn the adjustment screws with a screwdriver to raise or lower the front corners of the refrigerator until it is tilted properly.