Fridge Leaking Water
- Fantastic Team
- Published: November 25, 2020
- 7min read
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Finding your fridge leaking water is always a terrible “surprise”, especially when you are in a hurry for work in the morning. Whether the leak is inside or outside of your fridge, there are numerous factors that can cause it. And, unfortunately, new units aren’t immune to this problem either.
Then read along!
This tip applies to refrigerators that were bought or moved recently. Believe it or not, you shouldn’t level your fridge flawlessly. In fact, the front of your unit should be a little taller than the back.
Condensation from the fridge interior should run into a drain hole and then into a drip tray. Once there, it evaporates slowly. However, if the fridge is tipped slightly forward or in another direction, the water might not be able to flow into the designated drain. So, how do you fix it?
Keep this in mind the next time you buy a new fridge. If you purchase a regular unit, you can adjust the level at any time. However, when you install an integrated fridge freezer, you’d have to set the proper level at the very beginning.
If you find water at the bottom of the interior of your fridge, you might have a clogged drain hole. The drain hole can get clogged over time with food particles or even frost. When this happens, you will see water collecting at the bottom of the fridge interior as the condensation has nowhere to drain.
The water from the drain hole goes into the drain pan. Usually, if everything works as it supposed to, water should never overfill the drain pan since it evaporates quickly. However, the pan does wear out over the years and might get cracked. If you find water beneath the fridge front or back, then likely the drain pan has finally run its course. Here is how to check:
If you have a refrigerator with a filtering system and you see water on the floor, you may have problems with the connection between the water filter and the water supply line. If your fridge is old, the housing seals may be cracked, thus allowing water to escape. If it’s new, the filter may not be installed properly, or the wrong size may be used. Whatever the case may be:
Units with ice makers and water dispensers may experience plumbing problems. The water supply line of your fridge may get clogged or become frozen over time, resulting in your fridge leaking. If the ice maker is also not working properly and water flow from the dispenser is low, then you can be sure this is the reason for the leak.
If you find a tear in the line, then you’d have to replace it. If you find a blockage, it’s likely a piece of ice. Leave the fridge unplugged for about two hours, so the ice piece would melt, after which return the refrigerator as it was once was.
Door gaskets on old refrigerators wear down over time, losing their sealing qualities. The result is higher levels of condensation. It’s also possible that your fridge is too full and the door cannot be fully closed, resulting in the same problem.
Generally, the easiest way to check if your gasket has reached the end of its life is to slip a piece of paper between the seal and the door frame. If the seal is still intact, you shouldn’t be able to do it. If you manage, though, then you have to replace the seal, and this is how:
If the water on your floor stays there for too long, it will certainly damage it. It’s also a slip hazard, especially for old people and kids.
Electrocution is also a strong possibility if your refrigerator is old and placed on a concrete floor.
If you tried all these methods, but still can’t find the source of the leak, it’s time to call in the professionals. Fantastic Services works with technicians in London who are highly experienced and well equipped. They will locate the source of the leak and take care of it in a stress-free manner. You don’t need to waste your time kneeling before your appliance and checking every possible nook and cranny.
Arrange a specialist fix your unit with Fantastic Services!
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