Leaking Refrigerators and How to Prevent It

September 8, 2021

Did You Hear That? Our Refrigerator’s Leaking!

Unfortunately, not everyone has a talking refrigerator to let them know when this happens (we just have a special one). Fortunately, your appliance superheroes are here to help prevent – or at least detect – this issue and successfully troubleshoot it. 

A helpful tool for detecting waters leaks would be an installable, battery-operated flood alarm that uses electrodes on the base that will alert you when water from a leak touches it. So, no talking refrigerator (yet), but it’s close enough! The alarm will aid in catching the issue at its earliest stages so the repair and damage isn’t as costly. For example, leaks that aren’t noticeable (coming out in slow drops) that accumulate as time goes on can pose serious issues like mold and water damage. With an alarm however, these small symptoms will be caught swiftly. It’s recommended that you install these alarms not only around your fridge, but also by your dishwasher/sink  or anywhere else water leakage could appear. 

Seals and gaskets are placed in your refrigerator, freezer, and ice-maker in order to lock cold air in and push warm air out –  so imagine what’ll happen when there’s a crack, tear, or break in them. You guessed it, it’ll leak! In this unlucky situation, the next turn of events involves warm air sneaking in and causing your refrigerator to overrun itself attempting to cool itself down. Or, an actual water leakage can occur. To prevent this from happening, ensure that your refrigerator’s seals are installed properly and regularly checked for maintenance. 

Another prevention tip involves inspecting and replacing your flexible water supply tubing. Although meant to not rust or freeze, these tubes are prone to deterioration over time. These tubes are connected to your appliances and usually come with them as well, but it’s recommended to use material such as stainless steel for tubing which is much more durable. 

Water leaking in the refrigerator is an issue we are called on frequently for, so if you notice an issue then don’t hesitate to call us at (425) 650-0948 or look around our site to have our trained technicians inspect your refrigerator! 

 

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