Simple Repairs For Refrigerator Leaks

A leaking refrigerator doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to replace it. There are some things that you can check and repair yourself. The first step is to find out where the water is coming from, then you’ll have an idea of what is causing the leak.

Anywhere that you have water your bound to eventually have a water leak. If your refrigerator has an ice maker or ice and water on the door, it has a constant supply of water. And, even if you don’t have a ice maker, your refrigerator is almost constantly creating condensation!

If the leak is coming from the back of your refrigerator it’s probably the water lines that run to your ice maker. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and check the water line all the way to the source of the water and check the fittings to make sure that they’re still tight.

There’s often washers inside each of the fittings that sometimes just get worn out and need to be replaced. If you find a hole or damaged place in the line it will need to be replaced. Turn the water off at the source, remove the line and replace it with a brand new one.

If the water line is good and the fittings are tight and you still have a leak, it is probably a bad component inside the ice maker. You may be able to order the component and replace it, but it might be cheaper to just get a new ice maker depending on how old the one you have is.

If you have water running out from under your refrigerator, it’s most likely the drain pan. You will need to remove the grill at the front bottom of your refrigerator to get access to the drain pan. The grill should just snap out of place, there aren’t any screws to remove.

All refrigerators have drain pans to catch condensation from your refrigerator. Under normal conditions the refrigerator fan, air or heat in your kitchen causes the water to evaporate and you rarely have to even bother with the drain pan.

Slide the drain pan out and carefully inspect it for any cracks or holes. If you can’t find anything wrong with the pan, clean it and slide it back into place. If the drain pan is damaged you will just need to replace it.

If you’re having a problem with water gathering in the bottom of your refrigerator, it’s most likely a clogged defrost drain that’s causing the problem. The defrost drain is usually under the bins in your refrigerator and allows the condensation from your refrigerator to drain into the drain pan.

Check the defrost drain to see if there’s anything blocking the tube. Sometimes a piece of food can fall into the bottom of your refrigerator and get caught in the defrost drain. Just simply remove anything that you find stuck in the drain.

Spills can also cause a blockage in the defrost drain, especially if they’re thick or sugary. Foods like syrup, ketchup, barbecue sauce can drain into the tube and plug it up.

If there’s something down inside the defrost drain that you can’t see you can usually wash it out, or dissolve it by pouring some hot water into the defrost drain. Make sure that your drain pan is empty before pouring water into the drain or it will end up all over your floor.

If you’ve noticed a lot of condensation around the edges of your refrigerator doors, it’s probably worn gaskets. Bad refrigerator door gaskets not only let condensation leak out, they also let your cold air leak out and can waste a lot of electricity.

You can replace the gaskets by yourself, but they normally have to be special ordered for your specific model at an appliance store. There’s an article on this site to tell you how to replace your refrigerator gaskets!