What to Do When Your Refrigerator Is Leaking

Refrigerator leaks can originate from a variety of locations. For instance, a fridge leaking water can drain from the fridge onto the floor or it may just be a leak inside the fridge itself. In either scenario, water leaking from the refrigerator poses a slipping hazard and even the threat of an electrical shock.

Fortunately, most fridge leaks are quick and easy to repair and will also save you money when repaired in a timely manner. As such, knowing the source of the leak can help you diagnose the problem and find a timely fix. Here are the most common types of leaking fridge issues and how to fix a leaking fridge.

Leaking Refrigerator from the Front

Fridge leaking waterWhen a fridge leaking water emanates from the front of the refrigerator, the culprit is often a clogged drain line. If the fridge also happens to be a self-defrosting model, the chances of the drain line becoming choked multiply even more.

The simplest fix for this problem is to unplug the appliance and remove the plastic guard from the front of the fridge. Next, slide out the plastic tray and look for the end of the drain line. Place the end of the drain line into an empty bowl or bucket and remove the top portion of the drain line. Inspect the line for any ice chunks and remove by running the line with hot water. Once all clogs have been cleared, reinstall the line and check occasionally for leaks.

Leaking Refrigerator from the Bottom

Fridge leaking waterFridge water leaks located at the bottom of the appliance can often be traced to a crack or hole in the bottom drain pan. Another reason could be the improper placement of the drain pan causing the water to drip directly onto the floor.

The drain pan is responsible for catching all water leaking from the fridge. Under normal circumstances, water collecting in the drain pan evaporates quickly by the heat produced by the fridge but in excessively humid conditions, more water may be collecting in the drain pan. If a leak is detected from this location, check the drain pan for damage and replace if needed.

Another cause of water dripping excessively beneath the fridge is bad door gaskets. Ripped or torn door gaskets as well as dirty door gaskets with food particles stuck in them will all cause excessive moisture to build inside the fridge which eventually drips into the drain pan beneath.

In case of bad door gaskets, replace them and ensure that the fridge door secures tightly when closed to prevent the fridge leaking water.

Fridge Leaking Water from the Rear

Fridge leaking waterA rear water leak on the fridge inevitably points to a fault with the water valve or leaking water line.  To address this problem, start by unplugging the appliance and checking the water line coming from the wall to the fridge. At the same time, also take a look at the water line running from the bottom of the fridge to the back of the freezer.

Other elements to check for include the solenoid responsible for opening and closing the water valve along with the valve that turns the water on and off for the ice maker and water dispenser. For fridges that have a water filter installed on the water line, ensure that all connections are tight. In some instances, the water line may have pulled out and leaks directly onto the floor.

If the water line is found to be damaged with cracks or holes in it, replace the line.

Fridge Leaks on the Inside

Some fridges have drain lines routed from the defroster down the back of the appliance’s interior instead of the exterior. In these cases, the line flows to the bottom of the refrigerator compartment and any clog in it can cause water leaking inside the fridge.

To correct this problem, remove the crisper drawers and look inside the drain outlet with the help of a mirror. If clogs are detected, remove the drain line from the top end and pour hot water into it to remove any junk. Alternately, use a mini plumbers snake to dislodge any clogged particles. Once removed, put the drain line back and check periodically for the fridge leaking water.

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