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Why is My Refrigerator Leaking Water

You don’t normally think of your refrigerator as an appliance that would leak water but they sometimes do.  Finding the source of the leak takes some investigation but it is relatively simple to do.


Defrost Drain

A very common problem is that the defrost drain could be blocked.  The drain has a small opening that is easily clogged by food particles or ice.  During the defrost cycle, water could build up and not be able to drain into the pan.  The water would then leak out onto the floor.  You can clear the drain by pouring hot water over it and using a stiff wire to remove the blockage if there is any.

Drain Pan

Normally the drain pan is not the problem but it can develop a crack and that would allow water to leak.  Only a small amount of water usually accumulates in the drain pan and not enough to overflow.  This water evaporates, with help from the condenser fan, which blows warm air across the surface of the pan.  Do a thorough examination of the drain pan looking for any damage or cracks. If the pan is damaged, replace it.

Ice Maker

The water line connections to the ice maker can sometimes come loose or the seals can crack from age.  The plastic hoses can crack, tear or get kinked which would cause pressure at the connection and cause a leak.  The water line going to the ice maker is normally on the back, outside of the refrigerator.  Check this line and its connections for any signs of moisture.  If the ice maker supply line is the problem there will normally be water running or dripping down the line onto the floor.  You should tighten all of the connections or replace the water line.

Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve

Water Filter

If your refrigerator has a filtering system the connection between the water filter and the water supply can cause a leak.  The filter may have been installed incorrectly, wrong size or wrong model for the refrigerator.  It’s also possible that it may be very old and the housing or seals are cracked, therefore allowing water to escape.  Remove and replace the filter if you see water running down the outside of the filter and into the interior of the refrigerator.  Make certain the filter is the one specifically for your model.

Refrigerator Water Filter Cartridge

My Refrigerator Is Not Staying Cold Enough

My Refrigerator Is Not Staying Cold Enough

Having a refrigerator that is not getting cold enough is both costly and unhealthy.  Food can spoil much faster than the expiration date and can make you sick.  Normally the problem is one that is easily fixed.


1. Defective Door Switch

The door switch is located along the internal frame of the refrigerator.  It turns the light on when the door is opened and off when the door is closed.  If the switch is not operating correctly, when the door is closed the refrigerator will not resume cooling and if the interior light stays on it will also affect the temperature because of heat from the interior light.

2. Condenser Coils Dirty

Condenser coils are located either under or in back of the refrigerator.  If you find that these coils are dirty, unplug the refrigerator before attempting to clean them.  If the coils are dirty they will not let the refrigerator cool properly.

3. Defective Door Gaskets

Refrigerator door gaskets keep the cold air in when the door is closed as long as they have a proper seal.  Gaskets can become loose or damaged therefore letting cold air leak from the refrigerator.  Constantly opening and closing the refrigerator door lets cold air out and warm air in.

4. Temperature Control Not Working Properly

If the temperature control thermostat is faulty the refrigerator will not maintain the correct coldness.  Check your refrigerator temperature to determine if it is set at the correct level.  A normal refrigerators setting is usually around 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) and 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (-17 degrees Celsius) for the freezer.

Refrigerator Temperature Control Thermostat

5. Frost-Free Feature Not Working

When the frost-free feature is not working it will cause a buildup of frost around the evaporative coils in the freezer.  This in turn causes the evaporator fan to malfunction and not be able to blow cold air around.  Should the fan hit the frost it could be damaged.

6. Air Flowing Inside The Refrigerator Is Inadequate

If you have your refrigerator stuffed with food and everything is crammed together then the air will not be able to flow freely inside the refrigerator. This will not allow a correct temperature of coolness to flow around your food items.  Not having enough food items in the refrigerator will also cause it to function inefficiently.

7. Clogged Vents Between Freezer and Refrigerator

Cold air flows through vents between the freezer and refrigerator.  If ice forms in the vents the air will be blocked from flowing into the refrigerator thus not letting the refrigerator cool down properly.  If this happens you can unplug the refrigerator and let the ice melt, then reconnect the refrigerator.

8. Leaking Refrigerant

This is not very common but if you suspect this is your problem it would be wise to call a qualified service technician.

Refrigerator Repair Help | Fix It…

Repair techniques below with helpful hints
and repair advice for the most common part problems you might have
with your refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts

Some of the general diagnostic tips and repair techniques presented below may apply
for many makes and models, of side by side refrigerators, as well as top or bottom freezer units. GE, Maytag, Whirlpool, Amana, Frigidaire refrigerators, as well as many other major brands.


The diagnostic help outlined below is intended to be used only by professional appliance repair technicians.

If you are attempting to repair your refrigerator yourself, be aware that you are working with potential dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious injury or death. Be aware that appliance parts have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious injury or death.

Always remove the power source from the unit you are working on. Unplug it! When unplugging or removing the power source, double check to make sure that you removed the proper cord or turned off the proper breaker. When tightening parts make sure that if the tool you are working with or your hand slips, you will not be injured by sharp or jagged edges.

Keep children and pets away from the working area and disassembled refrigerator parts. Be aware that there are other hazards involved in appliance repair, besides those listed above that may cause serious injury or death. Always use extreme caution when removing or installing parts.

Troubleshooting suggestions for the do – it – yourselfer.

  • Refrigerator and freezer repair help.
  • Squealing noise coming from the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Thrashing or clattering sound.
  • Frost is building up in the back of the refrigerator or freezer section.
  • Noise appears to be coming from freezer

Refrigerator and freezer repair help

Be aware that the refrigerator repair tips and diagnostic information given below is general in nature and is not meant to be all inclusive nor necessarily apply to your Refrigerator unit.

Squealing noise

The refrigerator makes a high pitched squealing sound, or chirping sound. Possibly coming from the freezer compartment, but does not make this noise all of the time.

Possible cause and parts repair help solution:

You may need a new freezer fan motor. This problem is more common in some older model refrigerator units.

Thrashing or clattering sound

Noise appears to be coming from behind refrigerator, near the bottom.


Possible cause and repair parts solution:

The refrigerator condenser cooling fan motor blade, located at the back of the unit near the compressor, may be be striking a foreign object, such as a piece of paper, cardboard, or some other object.

Very easy refrigerator repairs, no parts needed.

Fan blade may be loose.

Fan motor shaft may be loose.

Motor mount screw may have come off.

This diagnostic repair information applies to most refrigerator units, including Whirlpool, Kenmore, GE, Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid and Frigidaire.

Frost building up in back of refrigerator or freezer section.

Refrigerator Defrost Thermostat

Possible cause and repair parts solution:

  • Defective part, defrost timer.
  • Defrost Heater(s) are inoperable.
  • Defrost thermostat limit is defective.
  • Freezer fan motor is not working.

Thrashing or clattering sound

Noise appears to be coming from the freezer section.

Freezer Fan Motor

Possible cause and repair parts help solution 

  • The refrigerator freezer fan motor blade may be loose.
  • The motor shaft may be worn out.
  • The blade may be striking a foreign object such as paper
    or cardboard.
  • The blade may be striking ice build up or a stray ice cube.


Most of the refrigerator parts that are mechanical, such as a defrost timer, light switch, freezer fan motor, condenser fan motor, compressor, defrost element, fan switch, fan blade, cold control, thermostat, defrost terminator, limit switch, ice maker and water valves can usually be obtained for most of the above mentioned repair parts, even for refrigerator units that are 25 to 35 years old. These parts are still readily available.


Admiral, Amana, Americana, Arctic Air, Bosch, Caloric, Crosley, Dacor, Danby, E-wave, Electrolux, Estate, Frigidaire, GE, Gaggenau, Gibson, Goldstar, Haier, Hardwick, Hotpoint, Inglis, JC Penney, Jenn Air, Kelvinator, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Modern Maid, Montgomery Ward, Norge, RCA, Roper, Samsung, Scotsman, Sharp, Sub Zero, Tappan, Thermador, U-Line, Universal, Westinghouse, and Whirlpool.

Why Is My Icemaker Making Hollow Ice Cubes.

Why Is My Icemaker Making Hollow Ice Cubes.

Refrigerator Ice Maker

Hollow ice cubes don’t get your drinks cold, they melt almost immediately after filling your glass, quite frustrating!

Two of the main reasons your ice cubes are hollow are: 1. incorrect freezer temperature or 2. inadequate water flow.  Either problem is relatively simple and inexpensive to correct.

The freezer temperature may be either too cold or not cold enough.  It depends on how high or low you have your freezer thermostat set.  To get your freezer to the correct temperature you should use a thermometer.  Place the thermometer in the freezer for 10 – 12 hours, check it and adjust the temperature, wait another 10 – 12 hours and follow the same procedure until your freezer is set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius).

Refrigerator Water Filter

It is also possible that your thermostat has gone bad.  Not all refrigerators have thermostats, some have a timer.  You will need to check in your manual to determine which of these parts your refrigerator is equipped with.  If your refrigerator does have a thermostat it may be that it is cycling too soon and your ice will not freeze solid.

Check your manual to find the correct thermostat for your brand and model of refrigerator.  Replacing the thermostat will be explained in your manual.  If you would rather not do this repair yourself call a qualified appliance repair person.

Refrigerator Ice Maker

Another possibility for the problem with hollow ice cubes may be your water filter.  It could be that it needs to be replaced because it is not supplying enough water to your ice maker.  Water filters should normally be replaced every 6 months.

Finally, if everything checks out ok you should pull your refrigerator away from the wall and  look at your water line to make certain it is not kinked or even frozen. If it is frozen you will need to turn off the water shut off valve.  You can defrost the line with a hair dryer or heat a wet bath towel in the microwave and wrap it securely around the frozen water line until it thaws out.

Again, if all of this seems a bit daunting and you do not feel compelled to do it yourself, check with a qualified appliance repair person.