It’s early in the morning and you head into the kitchen, but before you can even make a cup of coffee, you notice there’s a pool of water sitting under your refrigerator. While your first instinct may be to panic and check on all of your food, leaks are one of the most common refrigerator problems. And best of all, they’re usually a quick fix, so long as you call on the pros.
Causes of a Leaking Refrigerator
1. A blocked defrost drain.
Whether due to food particles or dust, a clogged drain hose will lead to ice buildup. With enough time, water will begin leaking out of the refrigerator and onto the floor.
2. A clogged or frozen water supply line.
The first sign of a clogged water supply line is a small puddle under your refrigerator. And if this goes unnoticed for a few days, you’ll likely also notice poor ice production from the ice maker.
3. Poorly installed water filter.
If your filter wasn’t installed properly or has become damaged and therefore no longer fits well, you likely have a bad connection between the filter and water supply hose. This bad connection will probably cause water to fall out of the hose and to the bottom of the refrigerator.
4. A faulty drain pan.
Drain pans sit at the bottom of the refrigerator and catch small amounts of fallen water. If the pan is cracked, water can slip through and cause a leak on the floor under your refrigerator.