How To Fix a Leaking Refrigerator

One day, you come home from work and find a pool of water in your kitchen. You check it further—it is from your refrigerator. Don’t panic. There are only three places where your fridge may be leaking: The seal around the door, the icemaker in the back, or the drip pan at the bottom of the fridge.

  1. Check the gasket. Make sure that there is no gum or any dirt sticking on the rubber gasket of your fridge. Wash the rubber door seals using warm water and soap. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly as lubricant. If there are any cracks on the rubber gasket, replace them.
  2. Check the door. Ensure that the door closes by itself. If not, your fridge may be tilted too far on the front and thus causing leaks. To fix this, remove the door guard at the bottom of the door. After that, have someone push or lean the fridge back and put some wood, book or anything under the fridge to shoulder some of the pressure that the legs of the refrigerator are receiving. This will allow the door to close by itself and prevent condensation, which causes leaks on your fridge.
  3. Adjust the legs. Some fridge allows you to use a screwdriver to adjust the height of the fridge on the legs itself. Some have a special screw that allows you to adjust it. Check your manual for more information.
  4. Check the drip pan. Your drip pan maybe misaligned or has a hole in it, which causes leaks. Get a flashlight and remove the drip pan carefully. Clean it with soapy water and make sure there are no holes in it by filling it up again and searching for any leaks. If there are holes, buy a new drip pan.
  5. Locate the defrost drain. It is usually under the fruit and vegetable bins on your fridge or along the floor of your freezer compartment. Check for any dirt or debris clogging them. Use a screwdriver to remove the debris. Fill it with hot water and push it to the drain. If hot water fills up the drain, the clog is gone.
  6. Check the Ice Maker hose and the hose fitting. Move the refrigerator off the wall. Make sure you know how to turn the valve off if you need to remove the hose and avoid any spills. Tighten the hose fitting at the top or at the bottom if you see any leaks coming from there. You can use pliers or a wrench. If you see any breaks or holes in the hose, replace it with a new one. Same goes with your copper or plastic supply line.

Most refrigerator leak problems are easy to diagnose and fixing them take s no time at all. If after checking all of these parts and you can’t seem to know where the leak is coming from, call an appliance repairman immediately. A leaking refrigerator signifies a bigger problem that needs to be remedied right away. Good luck on fixing your fridge.


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