Cleaning blocked drain hole in fridge

How do you clean the little drainage hole at the back of the fridge? Mine's gunked up.

Asked by Sarath on 12th Jan 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Without the use of a service coming out to fix the issue, I would start by probing the hole with something firm but flexible that will fit down the back, if that fails then I would assume the issue lies in the freezer as in some fridge freezers the condensation from the fridge travels to the freezer and freezes. If no luck then a technician would need to come out. If this is not an expensive fridge freezer then it’s time to get a new one."
Answered on 12th Jan 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"1. Safety First: Unplug your refrigerator from the electrical outlet to ensure your safety while cleaning.
2. Locate the Drainage Hole: The drainage hole is usually located at the back of the fridge’s interior, near the bottom. It may be covered by a small plastic or rubber cap.
3. Remove the Cap: Gently remove the cap covering the drainage hole. You can use a flathead screwdriver or your fingers, depending on how it’s designed.
4. Clear Debris: The drainage hole can become clogged with food particles, ice, or other debris. Use a pipe cleaner, a soft, flexible brush, or a piece of wire to carefully clear the blockage. Be gentle to avoid damaging the drain.
5. Flush with Warm Water: Once you’ve removed the debris, flush the drainage hole with warm water to ensure it’s completely clear. A turkey baster or a small funnel can help direct the water into the hole.
6. Replace the Cap: After cleaning, put the plastic or rubber cap back in place over the drainage hole.
7. Clean the Drip Pan (if accessible): Some refrigerators have a drip pan underneath. If accessible, remove and clean the drip pan according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Plug the Fridge Back In: Finally, plug the refrigerator back into the electrical outlet and ensure it’s cooling properly."
Answered on 18th Sep 2023 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"A pipe cleaner will remove any gunge from the fridge drain"
Answered on 17th May 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"Use the supplied plunger to help push anything that may have split into the hole.Flush the drain hole with the moisture of water and bicarbonate of soda to push food or liquid into the drip tray at the black bof the fridge freezer if anything has spilt into the drip tray, empty it and wipe a damp cloth"
Answered on 16th May 2023 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
"Cotton Bud would do the trick, cleans the hole, soaks up the water then add some bleach to the tip of a clean one and you have a perfectly cleaned drainage hole!"
Answered on 31st Mar 2023 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"Use a drinking straw I find them brilliant for that job then use white vinegar and water"
Answered on 8th Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"Yes the we hole in the back of the inside of the fridge fridge?"
Answered on 12th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Use a small straw brush (often found in metal drinking straw packs).

Apply a small amount of soap to this and then poke down the drain, after a good push, apply warm water rising the area and pipe."
Answered on 18th Mar 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"Try using a toothpick to agitate the gunk and pull out the majority of the blockage, once you have most of it out pour a little bleach directly into the hole, leave an hour and use some cotton buds to clean the area / pipe."
Answered on 3rd Sep 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"Get a cotton bud and put it inside and it will suck the water up"
Answered on 25th Apr 2023 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
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