Why is My Refrigerator Leaking?

Why is My Refrigerator Leaking?

Your refrigerator is one of your most important home appliances. You and your family depend on its ability to keep food cold. When it does malfunction, you can lose a lot of food and spend a lot of money. A leaking refrigerator can be alarming for families for good reason. You want to know why it is leaking and what you can do about it as quickly as possible.

In this article, we are discussing leaking fridge units, what you need to do, and when to call in the professionals.


Pay Attention to Any Moisture

We do not like to think about our appliances malfunctioning. It is inconvenient for any appliance to be on the fritz, and you know it can be potentially expensive. Like noises with your vehicle and other mechanical devices, it might be tempting to pretend not to notice. However, if there is a problem, it will not fix itself. The problem will only get worse and more expensive to repair, possibly resulting in a catastrophic failure of your unit.

If you see excess moisture inside or outside of your refrigerator, you might be dealing with a leak that requires attention. Contact Appliance Pro Unlimited if there is any doubt about whether your system needs to be repaired.

It Could Be Something Simple

One of the most common causes of leaking refrigerators is the door being left open for an extended period of time. The warm air influx can from an open door can be too much for the evaporator, leaving a puddle of foreboding but mostly harmless condensation under your refrigerator. There are some factors to note, even if this is the reason your fridge is leaking:

  • Be careful not to let your door stay open
  • An open door over time will shorten the life of your unit
  • Make sure the door is sealing properly
  • If the door is not sealing properly, you need to have your unit repaired before the system is stressed to the point of malfunction

Another simple reason for moisture leaking from your refrigerator is high humidity inside your home. If we are experiencing a heatwave in Asheville, your HVAC system is experiencing issues, or something else is introducing moisture into your home, it could cause condensation around your unit’s evaporator.

Moisture on the Inside of Your Refrigerator

You might see signs of moisture and assume a food or drink container is leaking; however, once you see moisture or ponding in the same area more than once, it is time to consider the possibility that you have a leak.

A leak inside your unit is likely due to a blockage in the defrost drain. The defrost drain helps keep the inside of your fridge free of ice. However, it can become blocked by food ice or some other debris. When water cannot drain, you may see leakage or ice. Have Appliance Pro Unlimited come out and take a look at your fridge to determine if this is the issue and what needs to be done.

It is important to note that a clogged or malfunctioning defrost drain could contribute to leaking outside your unit as well.

Leaking Coolant Lines

If the excess moisture expelled by your fridge is not due to one of the previously mentioned reasons, it is likely a result of leaking coolant lines. If your coolant lines are leaking, it is vital to have your system repaired before the situation gets worse. Regardless of the reason, some consequences of prolonged leaking include:

  • Repair issues becoming more urgent and costly
  • Reduced lifespan for your refrigerator
  • Water damage around your unit
  • Moisture leading to the development of mold and mildew

If your refrigerator is leaking, it is better to be safe than sorry and have it inspected by a professional appliance repair person. Contact Appliance Pro Unlimited to have your refrigerator repaired efficiently and effectively.