Have you ever discovered a shallow puddle in front of your fridge? If so, your first thought might be that something spilled. Often though, the water is coming from your fridge and it’s something that should be fixed.
In this article, we’ll review the common causes behind a leaking fridge and explore some of the steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem so that your fridge can be running the way your household needs.
What to Check if Your Fridge Is Leaking Water
If you find your fridge leaking, you want to inspect the following:
- The water supply line to see if it’s damaged
- The tubing to make sure that it is properly connected at every connection point
- The water filter to see if it’s damaged and to confirm that it’s been correctly installed
A Damaged Water Supply Line
Start by checking if water is leaking from the back of the refrigerator. The goal is to make sure that the water line that’s connected to the household water supply isn’t damaged. Look closely because it could just be a small crack or nick.
Damaged Tubing or Loose Fittings or Connections
Take a minute to check all accessible connections, including the connection point of the supply tubing and those on the back of the refrigerator. You need to also double-check that all the tubing is inserted into all their corresponding fittings. Lastly, look to see if each fitting is securely tightened.
What to Do if Water Filter is Damaged or Leaking
If you’ve pinpointed the water filter as the source of the leak, there are a few things you can do.
Look for Damage
To confirm that the water filter is damaged, you can do the following:
- Remove the filter and look for any damage or cracks.
- If you spot any damage or cracks, you can simply replace your current water filter with a new one.
Inspect the Installation
If you do not find any damage to the water filter then the issue might be how it was installed.
Check the installation of the water filter with these two steps:
- Look to see if the O-Rings are properly installed on the water filter. If there is something wrong with the O-rings, you should replace the filter.
- Confirm that the water filter has been installed properly. If you notice that it’s installed improperly or not seated, it could drip. Make sure to adjust accordingly.
Are you using an everydrop® filter?
Many people don’t realize that using a water filter that isn’t certified and hasn’t been tested for their fridge can damage it and also potentially compromise water quality.
To avoid future issues with your fridge leaking water, you should consider only using everydrop® filters.
Visit the everydrop® website and shop for new water filters. Use their filter selection tool to identify the right filter for your refrigerator or icemaker.