Have you ever gone to the kitchen for a midnight snack and when you walked over to the fridge, you found that your socks were wet?
Although you may have thought someone spilled something on the floor and was too tired to turn on the light and check it, you may want to fix what happened before it becomes a major leak problem.
In addition to causing the risk of electric shock, the risk of slipping, or possible damage to the floor, water leaks can be a sign of serious refrigerator malfunction. To avoid the risk of any of these problems, the refrigerator water leakage problem must be resolved immediately.
Before you start shredding your refrigerator, consider this:
Technicians at FIX Appliances CA are experts in repairing all makes, models and types of refrigerators, but knowing where the leak is coming from that causes a refrigerator loss will help get your refrigerator up and running in no time. Water in these areas will likely indicate specific problems caused by refrigerator leaks:
Internal water leak – Internal defroster drain line problem.
Rear water leak: Problem with the ice maker or water line.
Front water leak: clogged drain hose.
Lower Center Leak – Drain Pan Issue.
If you want to know how to fix a leaky refrigerator, check out these common leak problems:
Clogged defrost drain
If the refrigerator is leaking inward, you probably have a clogged defrost drain in the freezer. Today’s freezers operate on a freeze-thaw cycle, which means that they constantly produce condensation. Excess moisture flows down the defrost drain and is captured by the drip tray under the refrigerator.
The small drain can easily become blocked with food particles, ice chips, or it can become blocked. When water builds up during the defrost cycle, it can leak out of the refrigerator and end up on the floor. Most of the drain lines are behind the dry fruit crates. If you can easily remove the top of the drain outlet, inspect it for obstructions. Often, flushing the drain with hot water will clear the line. If not, contact a professional to investigate further.
Valve or water line failure
A water leak in the back of the refrigerator is usually related to a failure of the water valve or a hose connected to the operation of a water dispenser or ice maker. This is usually a job for a certified technician, but you can save time by pinpointing the exact area of the leak.
To eliminate the risk of electric shock, move the refrigerator away from the wall and unplug it. First, check the water line from the wall to the appliance. Is it wet at the joints or is water running down the pipe? Next, look at the water line on the bottom of the refrigerator that connects to the back of the freezer. There is water on the floor? Does it leak from the connection point?
A solenoid switch controls the water valve in the refrigerator by opening and closing it as needed. This is a common leak point in the refrigerator and may need to be replaced. Failure of the valve in the wall that operates the ice maker and water dispenser can also be a problem and a source of leaks. Look for holes or wet spots. These areas must be completely dry if they are working properly.
One final check: make sure the water line is fixed and doesn’t run directly to the floor.
If you find leaks or holes near the valve or water pipes, it is best to contact a service technician to troubleshoot the appliance. If the water lines are replaced, be sure to change the filter as well.
Connect the water filter
Many refrigerators require the use of a water filter that must be replaced every seven months. Unfortunately, this can be a source of water leaks for a variety of reasons: