Everybody likes the fridge. Who wouldn’t have a soft spot for the workhorse appliance that keeps our milk cold and our ice cream frozen? Of course, we also rely a lot on refrigerators, so when there’s a problem with it, things can go downhill quickly. Read on to find out what can cause a refrigerator leak and what to do if you spot one.
Causes of Refrigerator Leaks
Maybe your water alarm alerted you, maybe you see a puddle or some dripping, or maybe you see some signs of water damage (corrosion, water stains, etc.). Once you’ve discovered a leak, consider the possible causes.
Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. We talked about drain blockages in our laundry room post, and the same troubleshooting tactic applies. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.
Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.
Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.
Water line. This is potentially the most problematic. Refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers have water lines running between the main water supply and the back of the fridge. Feel to see if the water line is wet or dripping. Cracked hoses and loose connections are often the culprit.
Steps to Take When Your Refrigerator Water Line Leaks
- Verify that it’s a water line leak—be sure it isn’t one of the other causes listed above.
- Turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. The shut off valve is often located under the sink.
- Unplug the refrigerator or turn it off at the circuit breaker.
- Replace the water line yourself or call a plumber to do so.
Call a Charlotte Plumber to Fix Your Refrigerator Water Line Problem
If you’ve got a puddle under the fridge and want some expert help diagnosing or repairing it, contact us. Our service area is Charlotte and the surrounding 30-mile radius. Feel secure knowing you’ve got water damage prevention measures in place. We’re available at 704-846-5371 or via our online contact form.
Quick question & answer: What should I do - my fridge is leaking?
When your refrigerator water line leaks, verify that it is indeed a water line leak and not a different cause. Then, turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. The shut-off valve is usually located under your sink. Unplug the refrigerator or turn it off at the circuit breaker. Lastly, replace the water line yourself or call a plumber.