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Refrigerator leaks water

Common reasons your refrigerator leaks water

The most common reasons your refrigerator leaks water are a clogged defrost drain, locked compressor or a defective water valve.

  • 68%

    68% of the time it's the
    Defrost Drain

  • 17%

    17% of the time it's the
    Compressor

  • 8%

    8% of the time it's the
    Water Valve

  • 7%

    7% 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

    If the defrost drain becomes blocked, melted frost and ice from the evaporator fins won't drain properly during the defrost cycle. This can cause water to overflow in the drain pan, resulting in leaks beneath the refrigerator. To prevent any damage to your floor and refrigerator from leaks, it's important to have a Sears Home Services expert examine the refrigerator and promptly fix the clogged defrost drain.


    Compressor Replacement

    A refrigerator compressor that is locked might display various symptoms suggestive of a failure. The most noticeable indication is a lack of cooling in the refrigerator compartment, which can lead to increased temperatures and food spoilage. The freezer may also struggle to maintain freezing temperatures, resulting in no ice production from the icemaker. You may also observe that the compressor is unusually quiet or fails to emit its typical humming sound during operation. Sometimes, the compressor may attempt to start but fail, resulting in repeated clicking noises. The compressor's inability to circulate refrigerant properly can disrupt the defrosting process, leading to ice accumulation 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.

    Water Valve Replacement

    If a water valve malfunctions, it may affect the operation of both the water dispenser and icemaker. If the valve doesn't open, the icemaker won't receive water to produce ice, and the dispenser won't dispense water. Moreover, a faulty valve may cause water leaks, especially around the valve assembly. In some cases, a defective water valve can completely stop the water dispenser or icemaker from working. If the valve doesn't close properly, water may leak into the icemaker, freeze, and form a solid block of ice around the evaporator and fan. This restricts airflow, jeopardizing the effective cooling of the refrigerator and freezer compartments.

    What to expect when you experience a refrigerator leaks water issue

    How do you resolve a leaks water problem?

    Correcting most leaks water problems involves replacing either the defrost drain, compressor or water valve. However, this isn't always the case, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Recommendations from our pros for a refrigerator that leaks water

    When a refrigerator leaks water it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional diagnose the issue and repair the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of refrigerator failures.

    Some things to consider with a refrigerator leaks water 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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