Having a leak in the kitchen can be a real problem, but it’s not necessarily caused by the sink or washing machine. It could be caused by your fridge, even if it doesn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser. The good news is that the leak would be water and the coolant used to keep a fridge going is a kind of gas, not a liquid. The bad news is that if there is water pudding under or around the fridge, you’ve got a problem that you need to solve – or have an expert appliance repair in Coquitlam BC solve for you. Here the most common reasons your fridge might be leaking.
Defrost Drain Issues
The main culprit behind a refrigerator water leak would be a blocked defrost drain. This is a great place to start troubleshooting your leaking Coquitlam fridge. Fridges have a small drain opening that is easily blocked by food or ice. If the drain is blocked, it prevents water built up during defrosting from draining down into the pain. As the water builds up, it starts to leak out and get on the floor. Use warm water to flush the drain and clear it out. If the blockage is too rough, then something stiff – like a wire hanger – can get the job done.
Drain Pan Issues
Your fridge will have a drain pan at the bottom that – while it isn’t common – can get cracked and allow water to leak out. It’s possible for a small amount of water to build up inside the drain pan, but not to the point that it starts to leak out. Water inside the drain pan should evaporate long before it becomes an issue because the condenser fans in the fridge blow hot air over the pan. Have an appliance services team check the pan for cracks and other damage, especially if you’ve checked the defrost drain and found no problems. Drain pans that have problems need to be replaced to prevent further issues.
Ice Maker Issues
The water line that connects to your ice maker can become damaged or loose. This causes leaks that appear in the form of water pooled under the fridge. The plastic houses of the ice maker can also crack and break and create pressure that becomes another kind of leak. Look over the water line tha goes to the ice maker, particularly the bits to the back of the refrigerator, for any dampness or other signs of trouble. If there is a problem with the supply line for the ice maker, then it can cause water to drip and run down the line and pool on the floor. An appliance repair service in Coquitlam BC can tighten the water line or replace it if necessary.
Water Filter Issues
Problems with the connection between the water supply and the water filter can cause leaks for refrigerators equipped with water filtering systems. Take a look at the housing and the filter assembly and check for dripping water. You might see it running down the outside of the filter and inside the fridge if the water filter is indeed the problem. Replace the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure that you buy the right filter for your fridge or you’ll just have even more problems!
No matter why your refrigerator breaks, it’s definitely a tough and stressful event. All of a sudden, you’re faced with having to figure out what broke, and who you should call to fix it. Thankfully, if you’re dealing with a broken fridge, we’ve got your back. If you have any problems with your fridge – or just about any major appliance around the house – then don’t hesitate to contact our local appliance repair specialists to take care of it for you.We work 7 days a week to keep your appliances running strong and problem-free.