When a refrigerator is leaking water, it needs to be addressed with immediate effect.
Before being able to fix, it is important to first know the cause why the refrigeration is leaking water.The most common instances are that the water may not be able to reach the drain due to being leveled incorrectly or that the defrost drain is actually clogged. A blocked defrost drain is one of the most common causes of water leakage. This happens when food particles or other debris clogs up the drain hose, which can lead to ice buildup and, eventually, water leaking out of the freezer and refrigerator. During the freezer’s defrost cycle, the defrost water exits through the defrost drain. Sometimes, the defrost water can freeze over the drain. If the defrost drain is clogged with ice, the defrost water will overflow the drain and leak from the bottom of the freezer. The probable reasons for this are
1. The temperature control, or thermostat, has gone bad. The thermostat controls the temperature inside the freezer. If it’s no longer functioning properly, the freezer can become too warm, causing food to thaw and water to puddle onto the floor. This is probably the most expensive repair, and you’ll need to install a new thermostat or have one installed.
2. The door gasket leaks. The gasket seals the door, keeping cold freezer air inside and warm air out. If there are gaps or cracks, the gasket will need replacing. Removal simply requires loosening the retainer screws (without actually removing them) and pulling the defective gasket out. The retainer is what holds the gasket in place.
3. The door is sagging. That will let cold air escape and warm air enter. To adjust the door, empty its contents, loosen the hinge screws on top, straighten the door, then re-tighten the hinges. You’ll need a helper for this project.
4. The drain is clogged. The drain removes melted frost when the freezer is defrosting itself. If the drain clogs, water will collect and spill onto the floor when the freezer door is opened. The drain can be cleared with a stiff wire.
5. The rubber drain tube or drain pan is cracked. The pan collects water from the defrost cycle. If either is defective, it will need replacing.
6. The freezer needs defrosting. If you have a self-defrosting model, obviously this is likely not the problem.
7. Your family member has left the freezer door ajar.