How to Remove a Drain Pan for a Refrigerator

The drain pan on a refrigerator is where condensation and water drips down from the condensation coils or during a defrost cycle. The defrost pan should be removed from the refrigerator approximately once a year to be cleaned or emptied if the pan becomes full. Removing the drain pan from the refrigerator is a relatively simple task, but you should only remove the drain pan while the refrigerator is unplugged and turned off.

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Lift up and pull forward on the front bottom grille to remove and access the drain pan.

Step 1

Place towels underneath the front of the refrigerator.

Step 2

Open the front bottom grille panel on the refrigerator. There may be screws on either side holding it in place, or it may just pop forward for removal.

Step 3

Grab the drain pan and carefully pull it up and forward to remove it. Any water in the pan may splash out, so move slowly.

Step 4

Clean the drain pan with warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap before you replace it in the refrigerator.