A leak in your kitchen may not always come from your sink or dishwasher, but your refrigerator can also generate a leakage. We rely very much on our refrigerators. A good refrigerator allows us to store our products, store leftovers safely, or even enjoy a chilled drink. But unfortunately, your refrigerator can generate a leakage, even if it doesn’t have an ice maker or a water dispenser. So, when you see any signs of leakage underneath your refrigerator, do not neglect it. Here we have explored to find the source of the leakage and how to solve it.
A Blocked Defroster
If the defroster is clogged, it can stop the defrost cycle water from draining away properly. This one of the often causes, so you should start troubleshooting from here. This small drain opening can easily be clogged by food particles and ice that are collected during each defrost cycle. When plenty of water builds up, it makes the refrigerator to leak. You can clean this small drain by pouring hot water. You can also apply a pipe cleaner to clean any debris that clogging the defroster.
Sometimes a crack may form in the drain pan of your refrigerator. It’s located at the bottom of your refrigerator, and it should keep a small amount of accumulated water. This accumulated water should evaporate when the condenser fan blows warm air over the surface before this can becomes a problem. If the defrost drain is clean, check the drain pan for any signs of damage or cracks that may lead to repairs.
Ice Maker Connections
The water line that connects your ice maker to the power supply can become weaken, or the seals can crack over time. This causes water to accumulate around and under your refrigerator. If the hose is made of plastic, it may become cracked, kinked, or torn, allowing the leakage to develop at the connection. Check the whole length of the water line leading to your ice maker for any signs of moisture. If the problem is in the water line, you will most likely see water dripping from the line to the floor.
You may need to harden the connections, or you may need to replace the water line entirely.
If the water filter and water supply connection are poor, it can develop a refrigerator leak. When your filter is incorrectly installed, it is not your model’s refrigerator, or has aged to the point where the seals or housing are cracked, it will allow water to escape. Carefully check both housing assembly and filter for signs of dripping water. Follow the manual’s instructions to remove and change the filter with the right model as specified.
Steps to Deal With a Refrigerator Leak
If you detect any puddle of water under your fridge, you should follow these steps to minimize damage. Firstly, turn off the water system to the refrigerator. The shut-off switch is likely under your sink. Unplug the fridge, or switch it off at the circuit breaker. Then you should call in professional help.
There are many reasons for refrigerator leaks, and self-education will help you fix problems and perform basic maintenance. You can rely on our specialist’s experience to help you with practical recommendations and advice. For assistance with any electrical appliance repair issues, contact the AC Repair Center, we’ll be happy to help.