How to Fix a Leaking Fridge

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Watch Rory tour through a fridge freezer, explaining the most common causes of leaks. Top culprits are perished door seals and clogged up drains.

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How to Fix a Leaking Fridge

A leaking fridge is a common problem for many households, and often occurs due to one of four reasons, such as faulty door seals, a door which won’t close or faults with the operation trays.

In the above video, with the help of our experienced team, we explain how to check for any leaks and fix them, and below we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide which takes you through every point covered in our video.

Step 1: The first step is to check the door seals. Are the dirty? If they are, give them a clean as food or detritus build up on the door seal will prevent it from forming an effective seal with the fridge, resulting in condensation, which will leak.

If you need a new fridge door seal, you’ll be able to find the perfect type for your make and model via eSpares.

Step 2: Replacing the door seal on a fridge is a straight forward task which should only take a matter of minutes. Simply begin pulling the seal away, starting in one corner until you’ve gone all around the fridge.

Once the seal has been removed, give the frame of your fridge a wipe with a damp cloth, before fitting the new seal into the grove.

Step 3: If the door seal is in good condition, but your fridge is leaking the cause could be because the door won’t close properly.

A common cause for the fridge door not remaining closed is because the door is leaning forward. Rectifying this is a simple task, as all that needs to be done is adjusting the feet at the bottom until the fridge is level.

Step 4: Should your fridge door close ok and the seal is in-tact, the cause of the leaking fridge could be because your fridge isn’t draining and evaporating water correctly.

Each time you open / close your fridge door, moisture builds up inside. It should condense on the back wall before draining away through a plug hole. You need to make sure that the plug remains unblocked, and most models come with an un-blocker to help with the task.

Step 5: Along with checking the plug on the back wall of the fridge, it’s also important to check the tubing at the back of the fridge, to make sure that tubing isn’t blocked. If anything is blocked, you’ll notice that there’s water or an ice build-up at the bottom, which will eventually spill out onto the floor.

Step 6: The fourth area of your fridge which could be causing the leak is the evaporation tray, which sits on top of the warm compressor, enabling water to be evaporated away.

If the tray is showing signs of wear and tear, such as crack or leaks it is likely that water will leak. It’s also advisable to check the placement of the hose above the evaporation tray to ensure that this is pointing onto the tray and not away from it.

There you have it, a step-by-step guide to fixing a leaking fridge helping it to perform to its optimum level.

Video Transcript:

Hi, I'm Rory from eSpares.

In this video I'm going to show you the common causes of a leaky fridge and what you can do about it.

There are four most common causes, they are:

  1. Door seals
  2. A door that won't close
  3. Evaporation trays
  4. Any icemaker tubing

Now the first thing you'll need to check is your door seals. Are they dirty? If they are, give them a clean, because if there is food or detritus built up on the door seal it won't form an effective seal with the fridge and so condensation can leak. Now, if your seal is really old or really damaged, you can just get a new one. Door seals are available for all makes and models of fridges and they are really easy to replace.

To remove your door seal you will need to pull it away for most models, however some models you will may need to use a knife to cut the old seal away. Fitting the new seal is really easy - you just need to push it into place, there are little ridges, and it's really easy to do. It will take you less than ten minutes; just make sure you have the right seal for the make and model of your fridge.

You can find your model number on the inside of the fridge behind the vegetable crisper.

The next thing is a door that just won't stay closed even if the seal is in good condition. This is especially common in fridges that have a large lower door like this one, and it's caused by a fridge that is leaning too far forward. So what we need to do is tilt it back to make it level.

That's done by adjusting the feet. You'll need to tilt your fridge back, lean it on something or maybe wedge something under there, or better yet get a friend to hold it for you. Then you can adjust the feet. Most will be threaded like this one, some you might need a screwdriver or wrench.

The next thing you need to do is make sure your fridge is draining and evaporating water correctly. Each time you open or close your fridge door, moisture builds up inside. It condenses on the back wall and should drain away through a plug hole like this one. You need to make sure this is unblocked. Some fridges come with an un-blocker just like this one, which you can use just to make sure it's all clear. You'll also, on some models, be able to check the tubing at the back of the fridge. If anything is blocked you'll notice water or ice build-up at the bottom here, which will eventually spill out onto the floor. 

When it comes to freezers, if you have a manual defrost freezer like this one, you'll need to defrost it about once every six months or so, or if there is excessive ice build-up in there. Basically, if there is too much ice in there you won't be able to close the door properly and that will mean a leak.

If you've got an auto defrost freezer an element will come on inside about once every six hours or so and it will just melt away any ice build-up and then this will go down a drain hole. You may be able to get access to that drain hole, you may not, it will depend on the model of your freezer. If you can get access just make sure it's not blocked with food or ice. 

The water ends up down here in the bottom of the fridge in the evaporation tray. The tray sits on top of the warm compressor and the warmth then evaporates the water away. Check your tray for any signs of damage, any cracks or leaks. Also check any visible hosing. Like on this model it could be that your hose, rather than dripping into the tray, is actually dripping onto the floor. Anything that is out of place or broken, just replace. 

Now this fridge freezer doesn't have an ice-maker or a water dispenser, but if yours does, the last thing you'll need to check is the hosing that connects it all up. There will usually be three hoses. There will be one inlet hose which runs from your mains water supply into the top of your fridge. There should also be two drain hoses. One which runs from the bottom of the water dispenser to the bottom of the door. And one that is connected to that which runs from the bottom of the door into the evaporation tray. Check all these hoses for signs of damage, any crack or any leaks. Also check all the connections are nice and tight and no water is leaking from them. 

Once you've done that hopefully your fridge will be leak-free. All the spare parts you've seen in this video as well as all spare parts for all make and model of fridge freezer are available on the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.