Most people take it for granted that the fridge in their home works perfectly. We assume that it will keep things at the right temperature and run properly. When you see a puddle underneath the refrigerator, it can be frustrating. Here are some reasons why your refrigerator may be leaking water and what you can do to fix the problem.
Cause No. 1: Blocked Water Line
On many refrigerator models, there is a water line to the refrigerator that provides water for drinking and ice. When this water line gets blocked, it will cause water to leak under the fridge. A clogged water line can also prevent the ice machine from making the correct amount of ice. If you have a blocked water line, you may notice that the water dispenser is not working correctly or not working at all.
First, turn the refrigerator off. Then, you’ll need to turn the shut-off valve on. These safety precautions will prevent any damage to the fridge or you while you work on it. After this, you need to examine the water line for any damage. If the waterline has significant damage, you need to replace it. An electrician or appliance technician can typically do this quickly using a wrench and a new water line.
If the waterline looks perfectly intact except for some blockage, ice has probably developed in the line and caused the blockage. In this case, you just need to keep the refrigerator unplugged for about four hours to let the ice melt.
Cause No. 2: Blocked Defrost Drain
A clogged defrost drain is the most likely cause of your fridge leaking water. The defrost drain prevents the fridge from freezing. The fridge automatically defrosts itself and drips water down into a pan. Sometimes, food particles or other debris will clog the defrost drain. Clogs can lead to ice buildup.
To fix the problem, try melting the ice. You will do this by putting warm water in a turkey baster or similar receptacle. You will pour the water down the drain in the freezer. If this doesn’t work, some people try using a pipe cleaner or wire hanger to break up the ice. If the clog is too far down in the hose, you may need to move the refrigerator and disconnect the valve.
Cause No. 3: An Uneven Fridge
Your refrigerator doesn’t necessarily need to be completely even. In fact, the front of the refrigerator should be raised slightly higher in order for the coolant to flow properly. If the coolant can’t flow properly, condensation can form and cause puddles to develop underneath the fridge. Problems related to a refrigerator being out of balance are more likely to develop when you first get the refrigerator or after moving it.
Start by getting a level to determine how even the fridge truly is. You should put the level on the floor of the refrigerator and not a drawer or shelf. You may need to adjust the legs of the fridge if the level determines that the fridge is not even. You may require help to move the fridge to adjust the legs.
When to Call the Professionals
At a certain point, you may need to call for professional services to fix the leak. Many people don’t have any knowledge about home appliances. If you aren’t familiar with fridge maintenance, it can be best to call a professional right away. If you have done everything in your power to stop the problem but it keeps happening, you may also need to call for professional services.
A professional will examine the condition of the appliance to determine if you need a new refrigerator or a repair. If you need a new fridge, buy one with an ENERGY STAR sticker and get it properly installed.
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