If you have started noticing water on the floor around the fridge on the regular basis, it is time to pay a little more attention to it. Although it might look like minor inconvenience, if you take care of the problem promptly might save you time and money in the long run. Also, as for any electrical appliance proximity of wiring or electrical parts is very dangerous and may cause short circuit, causing permanent damage to wiring, or even worse, cause fire.
Refrigerator RepairNow, let’s look at more common problems with water leaks. It is important to pay attention to what part of refrigerator base the leak is coming from. Of course we do not expect you to determine the problem, but if you monitor malfunction and describe it in more detail it will help to save time on repair, knowing possible problem our technician might arrive already with the part that might need replacing. Remember at all times when you are examining your refrigerator for possible malfunctions to follow the refrigerator manual to avoid causing further damage or electric shock.
Water leak inside your refrigerator. One of the most common reasons could be the doors not sealed properly, so the refrigerator can not cope with the temperature control – inspect the door from inside to see if the seal is damaged or aligned properly. Also make sure that the fridge is aligned properly with a slight tilt front to back, allowing to close the door easily. But, probably, the most common problem would be interior defroster drain problem. As part of the normal function of your fridge, it produces condensation inside the freezer, which is supposed to drain into drain pan underneath the unit. Check with your refrigerator manual to locate the defrost drain. Make sure that it is not clogged or frozen.
Water leak at the rear of your refrigerator. Rear refrigerator water leak very often goes unnoticed far too long, as in most of the modern kitchen layouts it is built in. Water leaking at the back of the fridge usually points to problems with water line and icemaker. In fact, if you notice that your icemaker is not getting enough water, there is a good chance there is a water paddle behind the fridge. Chances are the water leaking at the joints of the water connection or the water line is damaged. Whenever possible and you have access inspect the water line.
Center leak at the bottom of your refrigerator. In most cases it points to the problems with the drain pan. Pull the pan out to examine for cracks, and make sure it is installed properly. If it still can not cope with the water that drains during defrost cycle, chances are the fan that helps water to evaporate is malfunctioning causing it to overflow – call us.
Front water leak. Front water leak usually points to the problems with the door water dispenser. Check the line to the bottom of the water dispenser for leaks. Tighten all the connections and see if it helps stopping the leak.
In very rare cases it can be not even water but coolant leaking. However rare, the leaking coolant still happens in refrigerators of all makes and models and is a very serious issue and can not be treated too lightly as it a toxic substance. It happens when the coils containing coolant are physically damaged or have eroded with time. It usually is accompanied by the loss of temperature control by your refrigerator, in some cases you might hear light hissing sound as the cooler escapes the coil. The liquid itself is odorless and colorless, but it evaporates much faster than water, so if you see traces of liquid on the floor instead of a paddle, that could be it.