If you stepped in a puddle of water this morning when you went to grab your milk from the fridge for your breakfast, you already know you have a problem on your hands. From here, you need to figure out what the problem actually is. Here is a quick overview of the top three things that generally cause refrigerators to leak out water and disrupt your breakfast.

#1 Defrost Drain

Your fridge and freeze combination should have a defrost drain inside of it. When water naturally builds up inside of your refrigerator, this water is directed into a drain that takes the water away and ensures that it never ends up on your floor. However, sometimes this drain can get clogged up with debris from your refrigerator--or it can become frozen with ice. Either way, when one of those two things happen, it can cause water to try and find another way out, which is how you end up with a puddle in front of your door.

Check and make sure that your drain is not clogged. If it is, remove the debris or melt the ice so that your defrost drain starts to work again.

#2 Water Tank

The second place that a leak could be coming from is your water tank. Your water tank is generally located on the backside of your refrigerator. It is generally a clear or milky white colored tank. Check the tank and see if it is wet at all or if you can visibly see water leaking out of the tank. If the tank is leaking, you are going to need to replace the water tank. Don't use glue to try to fix the leak; it will not stick well to the plastic and is only a possible short-term fix.

#3 Inlet Valve

Third, the water inlet valve may be damaged. Overtime, the fitting that goes around the water inlet value can become cracked or damaged. The fitting can also get loose. When this happens, water will leak out around the fitting when water goes into your fridge (for example, when your ice-maker is running). Check out the water inlet valve to see if it is loose. If its loose, all you need to do is tighten it up. If it is cracked, you are going to need to replace the water inlet valve.

If neither of three three solutions fix your leaking refrigerator, a more uncommon reason may be why your refrigerator is leaking and you may want to contact an appliance repair professional, like those at A-1 Appliance Service, to do some additional troubleshooting on your refrigerator.