Is your refrigerator running? Well, you better go catch it! Although this may sound like a joke, we're actually pretty serious. If you have a leak in your kitchen, but notice it's not coming from the sink or dishwasher, chances are your refrigerator is the culprit. If you find yourself poking around the fridge and are still not seeing any pools of water, check underneath the appliance. Ah ha - there it is!
Not sure what's causing the leak? Here are three possibilities:
1. Water filter
If your filter is installed improperly, old or doesn't fit with the model of your refrigerator, chances are there is a poor connection between the filter itself and the supply of water. To prevent the appliance from leaking, check to see if water is escaping due to holes in the filter. Also check the size and model of both the fridge and filter to ensure it's a perfect match.
2. Drain pan
Check the drain pan, located at the bottom of the refrigerator, for any cracks. It's okay if you spot a tiny bit of water, but if you see a significant amount of pooling, chances are the pan has a crack and that's what's causing the leak. If you notice any damage, replace the pan immediately.
3. Defrost drain
One of the most common causes of a leaky refrigerator is a faulty defrost drain. When the drain is blocked by food particles or ice, it prevents the water accumulated during the defrost cycle to properly drain into the pan. Eventually, water will start to build up, and since it has nowhere to drain, it will flow right onto your floor. Remove the blockage by flushing the drain with hot water and removing debris with a wire hanger.
For more information on flooding due to appliance failure, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional today.
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