Why Is Your Refrigerator Leaking?

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Water Is Leaking From My Fridge

Have you ever walked into the kitchen only to find that you unexpectedly stepped into a big puddle? It is never pleasant to realize that you could have a big problem, especially when that problem is with the machine tasked with keeping your foods safe for you. You may not know what it is that you’ll have to do to fix the problem, but rest assured: There is some very simple troubleshooting that you can do to solve the leak once and for all. They do not need to be difficult, nor do they have to be expensive. With a bit of DIY attitude and a willingness to learn, you can repair some common issues on your refrigerator without having to shell out the money to have someone else come in and do something that you could have done in just a few minutes!

Reasons For A Lint Trap Clogging Up

Reason #1: The Defrost Drain Is Blocked

Sometimes, the problem is incredibly simple: The drain that is used to move water that melts during defrosting has clogged up. This is prone to happening when there are problems with food particles or anything else entering the hose. As a result, water gets trapped, and then that water eventually freezes into ice. Eventually, you have a clog that prevents the water from draining regularly, so it all drains out of the fridge instead.

Reason #2: Pockets Are Not Being Cleaned Out

Another common problem is that the water supply line may have gotten clogged up. Those refrigerators that typically provide water that goes to an ice maker or a water filter require some source of water, and this typically occurs through a water supply line. The water supply line then allows for the water to move to where it needs to go through the proper valves. If the water supply line is damaged or clogged, water can begin to spill out of the refrigerator, pooling up on the ground.

How To Fix Your Leaking Fridge?

Repair #1: Fixing The Defrost Drain 

If the problem in your system is that the drain is clogged, all you have to do is unclog it. This can be done in many different ways, from manually attempting to clean it out to attempts to flush it out. The simplest way to begin is through attempting to flush the system. Firstly, for safety, ensure that you turn off the power to the appliance. You will not be spending too long attempting to clear the drain, but you will need to keep in mind that you need clear access to the drain itself, so remove anything that will be in your way. Then, with those simple preparations out of the way, you can begin the process. 

  1. Identify where the drain is in the freezer. If you are not sure where it is, check your manual, or identify the model number for your appliance and look it up online. 
  2. Identify if there is any visible ice. If there is, try using a screwdriver to remove it.
  3. Take a turkey baster, a syringe, even a spray bottle or water gun, in a pinch, full of warm water. It should not be scalding hot, but it should also be warm enough that it will be able to melt away at the ice. 
  4. Squirt or spray the water into the drain hole. It should be forceful, so it can begin working out any clogs that are there. Repeat if necessary until the drain line is unclogged. 
  5. Clean out the drain pan with soap and water. Rinse and dry it off before replacing it. 
  6. Turn the appliance back on and return the food to where it was, if you had to remove it temporarily.

Keep in mind that you should also check this line to ensure that it stays clear every six months after you have fixed it the first time. This can let you identify any further clogs before they become a problem.

Repair #2: Fixing The Water Supply Line

Sometimes, the drain is not the problem at all—the problem lies with the water supply line. If this lines gets damaged, it can, naturally, spill water underneath the refrigerator. However, usually, all you have to do is identify the water line, check the valve, and ensure that there is not a problem somewhere. 

These lines are typically made of plastic, and plastic can kink, creating a natural clog, or even become damaged, allowing the water to leak all over the ground, creating that puddle underneath you. You will need to identify this line on your own system, and it will vary slightly from system to system. 

  1. Unplug the system and shut off the valve to the water in the appliance. Check your manual to identify where it is. With the valve off, thoroughly inspect the line, looking for any damage, clogs, or kinks. 
  2. Breaks in the line can happen from time to time, and when that happens, you need to replace it. You can usually find these kits at the store, marked as water line kits, and then you simply install according to the instructions. 
  3. If there are no breaks in the line, but you can see or feel a blockage and that blockage is translucent, there is likely ice stuck within the tubing. All you have to do is leave the tubing to thaw out. 
  4. If the clog in the line is not translucent, however, it is time to call for a professional. 
  5. When you have finished working with the line, you can turn the fridge back on, open the water valve, and push it back to its original position.

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