A leaking refrigerator can be stressful, no matter if the leak is inside or outside your refrigerator. The good news is that fridges don’t use liquid coolant, so the leak you’re seeing is definitely water.
Still, any fridge leak can mean there is a problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Here’s what you need to know.
Possible Causes of Fridge Leaks
- Drain Pan: Sometimes, the drain pan that usually collects condensation can crack, which may lead to a spill of the water that’s naturally coming off of your fridge. Usually, water has enough time to evaporate before it overflows, but this isn’t the case if the drain pan is damaged in any way. Fortunately, this is easy enough to replace.
- Ice Maker: If your fridge has an ice maker, any of the lines can come loose, crack, or leak. Hoses can tear or kink either within the fridge or at the wall. To fix this, a technician may have to replace lines, seals or hoses.
- Water Filter: If there is a disconnect or problem with the way the water filter and the water supply are installed, it can cause leaks. If this is the case, your best option is to get your fridge’s water system connection checked out.
- Defrost Drain: This is the most common problem that may cause leaking. It happens when the defrost drain gets blocked by ice or even spilled food so that the water cannot drain in the normal way. When this happens, the water has nowhere to go and begins leaking inside and outside of the refrigerator. This drain can be cleaned to remove the obstruction.
Some of these issues can be fixed without the involvement of a technician or repair company, but some of them should be handled by an appliance repair company. Call Morris County Appliance Service for advice or to schedule an appointment with a technician!