How To Fix Leaking Refrigerator

Arguably the hardest working appliance in the home, a refrigerator is something you can’t live without. If your fridge is leaking, don’t give up – we can help. We’ve compiled a list of the most common parts that cause leaks. You can use this information to troubleshoot your own refrigerator and then enter your model number into the search box to find the right part that will fit your fridge. Searching with your model will also give you access to even more information about this symptom and instructions on how to install your repair part.

Door Gaskets Or Seals

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    - 30 - 60 minutes
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    Door gaskets or seals are found along the outside of the refrigerator’s doors. They are normally made from a vinyl material and will typically have a flexible magnetic strip inside to adhere to the cabinet when the door is closed to create an airtight seal. If there is moisture along the edge of the door then inspect the gaskets for distortion or damage. Air leakage through a defective gasket will create excessive moisture in the refrigerator, possibly resulting in defrost issues and potential water leaks. Replace any defective gaskets and keep them clean and free of any sticky substances to prolong their life. When replacing a gasket, it is often helpful to tumble them in your clothes dryer for a few minutes to make them more pliable and easier to install.

    Water Inlet Valve

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    - 15 -30 minutes
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    The water inlet valve is a solenoid-operated device that connects your household water supply line to your refrigerator if you have an ice maker or water dispenser. It is typically located at the rear of the fridge, near the bottom. When activated, it diverts water from the supply line to the dispenser or to fill your ice maker. Inspect the valve inlet supply connections for leaks and tighten or replace the connectors, as well as the valve body for any cracks and replace if necessary. Check the outlet tubing for cracks or abrasions that may also create a leak, and replace any cracked or brittle tubing and connectors.

    Ice Maker Assembly

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      - 15 – 30 minutes
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      If your fridge is leaking water from in or around the ice maker you’re probably also experiencing problems with the ice distribution itself. The cubes may be too small, one solid block of ice or not being produced at all. Inspect the ice maker mold to see if there are ice cubes present. If there are no cubes or very small cubes, then you should look for issues with the water fill system. Inspect the fill tube and the fill cup area at the back of the icemaker to make sure that they are not frozen. If there is an ice buildup in that area, confirm no foreign objects have disrupted the flow of water into the fill cup. If nothing obvious has caused the ice buildup then suspect the inlet valve, tubing. Inspect the outlet tubing from the fill valve to the ice maker fill tube for any signs of restrictions and replace if necessary.

      More Repair Parts

        We’ve identified the most common parts that can cause leaking for the refrigerator, but there are other parts that could be at fault. If you are unable to fix your fridge with the information above, enter your model number into the search box for additional repair help. Searching with your model number will give you access to all parts and schematics, symptoms for your specific refrigerator as well as all installation instructions and videos.