Water is one of the most essential substances in every household not only in the United States, but in the entire world. In contrast, water can also have devastating and far-reaching effects if not properly used. With this in mind, it is always advisable to ensure that any leak from your refrigerator is perfectly fixed to prevent any waste or far-reaching consequences that may result from the leakages. Keeping in mind that your refrigerator may leak from a variety of locations, it is always advisable to arm yourself with some fridge troubleshooting guides that may be crucial in fixing these leaks. This will not only save you a great deal of money, but will also ensure that your refrigerator is working efficiently with no fuss that may occur from leakages.
Congested or Problems with the Defrost Drain
Clogging, freezing or a congested defrost drain is one the most common and possible causes of refrigerator leakage. The freezing of the defrost drain will ultimately lead to an overflow of water from the pan to the lower bottom compartment of the fridge. If water that accumulates on the bottom compartment of the fridge becomes excessive, then it will obviously follow onto the floor. You can fix this by removing the back side of the refrigerator and the panel of the freezer and melt any ice that may be clogging the drain. It is crucial to ensure that the drain is perfectly clear from any obstructions and you can do this by flushing it using a turkey baster or hot water.
Door Gaskets or Seals
Seals and door gaskets that are commonly found on the doors of the refrigerator are manufactured from vinyl products and are mostly expected to create an air tight seal. This becomes essential in ensuring that excessive air is not let into the fridge as this may lead to excessive moisture in the fridge; thus leading to unwanted defrost issues, as well as probable water leakages. It is therefore, vital to replace defective door gaskets and keep them clean, as well as free of any sticky or rough substances.
Ice Maker Assembly
Ice distribution from the ice maker can potentially lead to leakages inside your fridge. You should thoroughly check the ice maker to establish the ice cubes are present. You should always ensure that there are no frozen objects on the ice maker that may negatively hinder the flow of water. Consider replacing the ice maker assembly if there is any sign of a restriction.
Water Tank Assembly
Water tank assembly can be the main cause of a leak in the refrigerator, especially if the leak has sprung from the tank assembly itself. Consider having a thorough check on your water tank assembly and ensure that it is not under any pressure and is able to hold water at a low pressure. Most tanks are made of a coiling tube and are commonly located just on the rear side of the refrigerator. If you discover any leak, it is always advisable to replace your fridge’s water tank assembly.
Water Inlet Valve
A refrigerator may be leaking as a result of a cracked water inlet valve or a loose fitting inside the valve. You should ensure that your fridge’s water inlet valve is capable of shutting off properly and is also subjected to enough pressure. Nevertheless, if it is not shutting off properly or is unable to hold the appropriate pressure, then you should consider replacing it.
Water Filter Housing and Water Filter Head
A cracked or broken water filter head may lead to excessive leakages in the refrigerator. You should thoroughly inspect your fridge and replace the water filter housing if by any chance it is cracked or broken. On the same note, leakages may occur as a result of a crack in the filter head or a tear in the seal. You should consider removing the water filter, preparing the seal and perfectly re-installing the water filter as required.