What Should I Do About A Leaky Refrigerator?

Your fridge is a reliable appliance that is built to last many years. However, sometimes, fridges can leak. A leaky fridge doesn’t necessarily mean the end for your refrigerator. Often a leaky refrigerator can be solved by an easy fix.

A leaky fridge

1. Is the floor level?

Contrary to belief, a fridge should not be on a level surface. In fact, the fridge needs a front to back tilt (of only half an inch or so). This can help the coolant circulate easily around the refrigerator. Without this, the refrigerator has to work harder to pump the coolant around. This can cause extra condensation which may cause a drip or a leak. Fix this by making sure your fridge is in the right position, with the front slightly higher than the back.

2. Is there a blockage?

Your fridge will have a defrost drain for excess water. Sometimes items in the refrigerator, a food particle or packaging blocks the drain which makes your fridge work harder to function. Just like the point above, there will be excess condensation which can cause a leak. The best way to prevent this is to make sure that nothing is blocking the drain at the back and don’t press items in the fridge against the back wall.

3. Problem water supply?

If the drain and level of your fridge is ok, then it may be an issue with the water supply. If you have a water dispenser on your fridge, you may notice a slow flow which also indicates an issue. To check the water supply you need to unplug your fridge, so it is wise to remove perishables. Then find the water supply hose and visually inspect it for holes, dripping water or water collection.

Only replace a hose yourself if you feel confident and competent to do so. If you want to save the hassle, then call Just Fixed who will be happy to conduct a hose replacement for you.

4. Broken drain pan?

At the bottom of the fridge, there is a drain pan which collects water. It is normal for a small amount of water to collect here as it will eventually be evaporated. However, if water is escaping the drain pan, then it may be because the drain pan is cracked. Fortunately, it is easy to buy a replacement and install a new pan, so your floor can remain free of refrigerator leaks.