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How to Fix Your Fridge When It's Leaking Water

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why is My Refrigerator Leaking Water?

If your refrigerator is leaking water and causing water damage to your flooring it’s usually because if one of two reasons.

Reason #1 - A Blocked Drain

A blocked defrost drain is one of the most common causes of water leakage. This happens when food particles or other debris clogs up the drain hose, which can lead to ice buildup and, eventually, water leaking out of the freezer and refrigerator.

How to Fix It: Flush the drain from inside the freezer with warm water, using a turkey baster or a small funnel. Use a pipe cleaner or a straightened coat hanger in a pinch to forcibly remove the clog. 

Reason #2 - A Clogged or Frozen Supply Line

A clogged or frozen water supply line will cause water to form beneath the refrigerator. It will also affect ice production and water flow from the ice maker.

How to Fix It: First, unplug the refrigerator and locate the shut-off valve, typically underneath the sink, behind the refrigerator, or below the refrigerator in the basement. Make sure this valve is closed, and look for any leaks, kinks, or clogs in the plastic supply line.

If you have suffered a water damage due to a leaky refrigerator, please call us at SERVPRO of Helotes / Leon Springs today! (210) 973-7636

Source: CNET online

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