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Water Leaking From the Refrigerator? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

Water Leaking From the Refrigerator? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know


It can be a little unsettling to walk into your kitchen and notice that your refrigerator is leaking water onto the floor. There are a few reasons this might happen, and some of them are easy to fix yourself. Our friends at Sears PartsDirect have offered some tips on how to get your refrigerator to stop leaking water.


Stainless Steel Fridge

Potential Fixes


Replace the Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve regulates water flow into your refrigerator, helping create ice and dispense water. Improper flow greatly hinders the ability to make ice. If the inlet valve doesn't open or shutdown correctly, this is a clear sign to replace it.


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Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve

Refrigerator Defrost Heater

Repair the Refrigerator Defrost System

Your fridge's defrost system improves heat exchange by occasionally melting frost from the evaporator. This prevents ice from building up and blocking airflow in the appliance. When there is an issue, the ice will not melt, harming both the fresh food and freezer sections of your refrigerator. If the defrost system is broken, diagnose the root cause first before repairing.


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Clean or Replace the Defrost Drain Tube

The defrost drain tube is built to transfer condensated water to a drain pan, where it will then eventually evaporate. If ice or other debris block the top of this drain tube, the condensated water will have nowhere to drain out when your refrigerator goes through a defrost cycle. It can then leak outside of the refrigerator and onto the floor. To fix this, thaw the drain area to clear the tube of built-up ice so water can freely frow into the drain pan. If you can’t clear the tube, it may need to be replaced.


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Refrigerator Defrost Drain Tube

Refrigerator Drain Pan

Clean or Replace the Drain Pan

The refrigerator drain pan collects water that melts from the evaporator fins, moves to the evaporator drip tray and then through the defrost drain tube. The water then ends up in the refrigerator drain pan in the main refrigerator machine compartment. The drain pan can sometimes fill with debris including mold, insects or other particles. To fix this, remove the refrigerator drain pan and clean thoroughly.

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Replace Damaged Water Lines

If your refrigerator features an ice maker or water dispenser, it's possible for a connecting water line to break. This can cause water to leak into your refrigerator and pool at the bottom. To fix this, locate and replace the affected internal water lines.


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Refrigerator Water Lines