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Help! My Refrigerator is Leaking Water!

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It’s a sight no one wants to see—a puddle of water around your fridge. There are several reasons why your refrigerator may be leaking water. Here are some causes of a leaky fridge and what you can do about it.

  • Dislodged water hose. Most fridges these days have water lines to supply your built-in water and ice maker. It’s not uncommon for the supply hose to become loose or dislodged. When this happens, make sure to properly tighten the couplers to the hose to prevent further leakage. You can always contact a local plumber for assistance.
  • Defrost drain is clogged or blocked. The defrost drain is located at the bottom of your refrigerator. Make sure nothing is blocking the drain and that it is free of debris. To clean, use warm water and a washcloth.
  • The drip pan is leaky. If you notice water pooling around the front of your refrigerator, it could be an issue with the drip pan. A drip pan is there to allow defrosted water to evaporate. To find out if it’s the drip pan causing the leakage, remove the front grill at the bottom of your fridge. Using a flashlight, locate the pan and inspect it for any cracks or imperfections. If damaged, replace the part and if it’s undamaged, the leak could be elsewhere.
  • Problems with condensation. If you notice beads of water around the doors and the handle of your fridge, it could be due to condensation issues. The fix could be as easy as ensuring the doors are properly shut and check to see if anything is blocking the doors from closing all the way. The condensation issue could be caused by the rubber gasket around the doors. Another issue could be that your fridge is off balance. Adjust the feet so that the fridge is level and the doors will shut properly.

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