Refrigerator Leaking? Here's How You Solve the Problem
The refrigerator is an excellent major appliance that has become a staple in many homes in Singapore. However, although the fridge is built to last, it still comes with limitations and may undergo some repair issues. One of which includes leaking.
A refrigerator that is leaking can be caused by different factors that can create a big nuisance and safety risk in your kitchen. This water damage can also lead to serious and costly repairs. If you notice a puddle in front of your fridge, it’s time to do a little troubleshooting to address the problem as soon as possible.
Here are some causes for a leaking refrigerator and how you can address them.
Common Causes of Refrigerator Leaking
Your Fridge is Not Properly Levelled
You don’t have to worry about perfectly levelling your appliance when positioning your fridge in your kitchen. However, it is critical to position it in a way that the refrigerator coolant flows properly. If your refrigerator is perfectly levelled or slightly leaned forward, you may have some issues with leaks or closing the door.
A slight backward tilt is important to prevent condensation that will cause your refrigerator to leak. This is also to help your fridge door close automatically.
The best refrigerator level places the back part of your fridge at least half an inch closer to the floor than your refrigerator door. Be careful not to lean the fridge too much on its back to prevent other problems.
Your Water Line is Blocked
Depending on the model, your refrigerator may come with a water line for drinks and ice. When this line or the inlet valve is clogged, the water will begin to leak.
If your water dispenser isn’t working well and there is a puddle under your refrigerator, then this must be the issue.
You can simply unplug the fridge and pull it from the wall to let the ice melt if your water line is just clogged and not necessarily damaged. If the leak is evident at the connection points, tighten them and recheck the status of the issue.
If both procedures didn’t work, have your water line professionally checked.
Your Water Filter Doesn’t Fit the Refrigerator
Sometimes, the solution to your leaking refrigerator is as simple as checking your filter size. If your water filter does not meet your fridge's requirements or if it is improperly installed, your appliance may suffer from leaks. If there are puddles around your fridge, make sure to check your water filter.
The Defrost Drain is Clogged
Your refrigerator has a special opening that allows humid air to escape. If the defrost drain or pan becomes clogged by a stack of containers or food particles, ice will form within the drain and eventually cause leaks. Break up the ice buildup by pouring some hot water into the receptacle. You may also use a pipe cleaner to address the problem.
The Humidity Level is High
Extreme humidity within your kitchen can also cause refrigerator leaks once the hot air mixes with the fridge’s cold air and forms condensation. This can fill your drain pan faster and cause it to overflow. To prevent overflowing, you may manually empty the drain pan when the days are extremely humid.
Your Drain Pan is Damaged
Excess moisture from your refrigerator should be collected by its drain pan to prevent it from leaking to the outside. This will allow the water to discreetly evaporate without leaving any leaks or traces on your kitchen floor. If this drain pan is broken or damaged, the water will leak directly onto the floor. Say goodbye to your leaking fridge by replacing your drain pan.
There are Some Issues with Your Evaporator Fan Motor
Some issues with your evaporator fan motor can cause many consequences for your fridge, including some cooling issues. If your refrigerator does not cool sufficiently, it will begin to drip excess moisture onto your floor. If you have a faulty evaporator fan motor, it’s important to have it cleaned or inspected.
When Should You Look for Professional Repair?
A leaking refrigerator can be a big hassle, especially if you have to deal with puddles of water every time you open it to get your food. Continuous leaking may also cause rust buildup. Luckily, many refrigerator leaks only require some simple DIY fixes. However, if you’ve already examined all the factors that we mentioned earlier in this article and are still not able to fix the issue, it’s time to call in a professional.
When Should You Replace Your Refrigerator?
Refrigerator leaks may also be caused by underlying fridge issues. If your refrigerator is old and starting to wear out, simple repairs may not be enough to fix the problem. In this case, it’s vital to consider whether a repair is still worth it or if you already need a replacement.
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