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Leaky Refrigerator? Here Are Three Common Causes

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Feb 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

refrigerator.jpgHave you noticed your refrigerator running? Do you walk by it and see water all over the floor coming from the bottom of the appliance? Not only is it annoying, but it's a serious, and common, problem. If you have a fridge leak, you really want to get it checked out and properly cared for as soon as possible. But why is it leaking? Here are three possibilities:

1. Wrong Water Filter

The first question we like to make sure you know to ask yourself: how old is your water filter? If your filter wasn't installed properly, if it's old or it isn't doesn't fit with the model of your refrigerator, chances are the issue is coming from the filter itself and the supply of water.

How do you prevent this? Check the filter to see if water is escaping due to holes. Then, you'll want to check the size and model of both the fridge and filter to ensure it's a perfect match. If it isn't, it's time to invest in the right match.

2. Faulty Drain Pan

The next part you want to check is the drain pan, located at the bottom of the refrigerator, for any cracks. Seeing a little bit of water in the pan is okay, but the problem arises when you see a significant amount of water. If you see this, chances are the pan has a crack and that's what's causing the leak. Don't forget you'll need to change the pan right away if you notice any damage.

3. Bad Defrost Drain

This is one of the most common causes of a leaky fridge. When the drain is blocked by food particles or ice, it eventually prevents the water accumulated during the defrost cycle to properly drain into the pan. What does this mean? Water will start to build up and it will flow right onto your floor since it has nowhere to drain. In order to fix this and remove the blockage, try flushing the drain with hot water and removing debris with a wire hanger.

With Ken's Plumbing, you won't have to worry about any of these problems when you call us for your plumbing needs and repairs. If you want someone you can trust to answer all of your questions and get the job done fast, well, and honestly, give us a call at (864) 242-5511 or contact us online today. 

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