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Refrigerator leaking from bottom

Common reasons your refrigerator leaking from bottom

The most common reasons your refrigerator is leaking from bottom are a clogged defrost drain, faulty icemaker assembly or a locked compressor.

  • 60%

    60% of the time it's the
    Defrost Drain

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Icemaker Assembly

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the

  • 20%

    20% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common refrigerator repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these refrigerator parts may fix your problem.

    Defrost Drain Replacement

    When the defrost drain gets blocked, melted frost and ice from the evaporator fins cannot properly drain during the defrost cycle. This can cause water to overflow in the drain pan, leading to leaks beneath the refrigerator. To prevent any damage to your floor and refrigerator from leaks, it's crucial to have a Sears Home Services expert check the refrigerator and promptly fix the clogged defrost drain.

    Icemaker Assembly Replacement

    When a refrigerator's icemaker is faulty, it can have a range of effects on the refrigerator's functions, particularly ice production. Unusual noise during ice-making may indicate issues within the icemaker's components. A malfunctioning icemaker can cause water leaks around its assembly, resulting in water pooling inside and around the refrigerator. If the bail arm doesn't stop ice production, it may lead to the icemaker drawer jamming due to excessive ice accumulation, potentially causing damage to the drawer or nearby shelf. If other refrigerator components fail, affecting cooling, it can also disrupt ice production, necessitating a thorough examination by a Sears Home Services professional to pinpoint the problem accurately.

    Compressor Replacement

    A locked refrigerator compressor can exhibit several symptoms of failure. The most prominent indication is a lack of cooling in the refrigerator compartment, leading to higher temperatures and food spoilage. The freezer may also struggle to maintain freezing temperatures, resulting in no ice from the icemaker or dispenser. Additionally, you may observe that the compressor is unusually silent. In certain cases, the compressor may attempt to start but fail, resulting in repeated clicking noises. The compressor's inability to circulate refrigerant properly can impact the defrosting process, leading to ice buildup in the freezer. Moreover, a defective compressor could cause a sudden influx of melting frost into the drain line, leading to blockages, inadequate drainage, and potential water leaks.

    What to expect when you experience a refrigerator leaking from bottom issue

    How do you fix a leaking from bottom problem?

    Resolving most leaking from bottom problems usually involves replacing the defrost drain, ice maker assembly or compressor. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is essential to fixing the problem.

    Follow these recommendations for a refrigerator that is leaking from bottom

    If a refrigerator is leaking from bottom it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unnecessary parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem.

    What to watch for with a refrigerator leaking from bottom diagnosis

    Effectively diagnosing malfunctions in modern appliances necessitates a comprehensive understanding and specialized training. Addressing refrigerator issues without employing precise diagnostic techniques may lead to ineffective repairs and unnecessary part replacements. With significant advancements in appliance technology over the past decade, contemporary models now feature intricate electronic components that pose considerable challenges for troubleshooting. Consequently, do-it-yourself repairs on modern appliances have become increasingly intricate.

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