Water on the bottom of your fridge is a sign of a clogged hose.

How to Fix a Clogged Hose in a Hotpoint Fridge

by Ryan Malone

The hose of your Hotpoint refrigerator is designed to drain excess water from your fridge. It is connected from your fridge to the drain pan. Occasionally the hose can become clogged with ice or debris. When this occurs, water may pool under your refrigerator when it is going through the defrost cycle. To solve this problem you must remove the hose and remove the obstruction.

Unplug the Hotpoint refrigerator from the electrical outlet. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall so you have access to the back.

Move the shutoff valve to the “Off” position. This is connected to the copper hose.

Place a towel under the copper compression nut and loosen it, using a wrench. A small amount of water may come out; however, this is normal. Disconnect the hose.

Remove the bottom panel of your Hotpoint refrigerator to reveal the inlet valve. Remove the compression nut by loosening it with a wrench.

Fill a cup with hot water and mix in 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Use a turkey baster to pump the solution inside the hose and clean it out. When the water comes out of the opposite side and drips onto the drain pan, it will be free from obstruction.

Reattach the copper hose to the compression nut. Place the panel back onto your Hotpoint refrigerator. Turn the valve to the “On” position and plug the refrigerator into the electrical outlet.

Items you will need

  • Towel
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Turkey baster


  • Transfer all of your food items to an ice-filled cooler while you are cleaning the clogged hose so they remain cold.
  • Water in the fresh food section of your refrigerator is a sign of a clogged hose.


  • Tampering with your fridge may void your warranty. Always check the documentation before you remove the copper hose.

About the Author

Based in Bristol, Ryan Malone has been working in the construction industry since 1977. He has earned various home related qualifications, including diplomas in plumbing and heating, painting and decorating, and advanced construction.

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