Fixing a Leaky Refrigerator

Fixing a Leaky Refrigerator

Do you have a leak in your kitchen that isn’t coming from the sink or dishwasher? If you check underneath the refrigerator and see water building up, there are three possible causes of this kind of leak.

Leaking refrigerator

Water Filter

There can be a few different reasons for why there is a fridge leak caused from the water filter. Water filters age, or at times don’t fit correctly with a new refrigerator model, or even have been installed incorrectly. Look for water escaping from the holes within the filter to prevent leaks from the fridge. Confirm that the size and model of the fridge and filter are the same size.

Drain Pan

Although the drain pan is supposed to catch any water leak or perspiration, there can be a crack on the pan. Check under the bottom of the fridge, where the drain pan is located, to see if there are any signs of large amounts of water or a crack.

Defrost Drain

The defrost drain can be blocked by ice or food particles, causing a backup of water having nowhere else to go but your kitchen floor. To fix the problem, flush the drain with hot water, then use a wire hanger to remove the debris blockage.

If these DIY tips do not work or you’d rather have a plumber fix things, don’t hesitate to contact Cartwright’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling or schedule online for an inspection.