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How to Fix a Leaking Fridge

A leaking fridge is a common problem for many households, due to wear and tear, your fridge can develop a leak. Why do these leaks occur? We have highlighted the culprits in this article.

Seal

Seal

Without a working gasket, warm air could be seeping into the fridge freezer, this will cause the appliance to work harder than required. However, it’s a component which we do not pay particular attention to, but it is one which can have a huge impact on the performance of your fridge.

Dirty Door Seal

If the original door seal is fine but still prevents the door from closing, inspect the seal closer - you may find that food or other debris have built up over time. If this is currently causing you problems then give the seal a wipe down and try to remove as much of the dirt and grime as possible.

Damaged Door Seal

If giving your door gasket a good clean doesn't fix the issue you’ll want to check the seal for damages. If your seal has seen better days you may want to consider replacing it.

Easy to do:

  • Remove your original seal, simply peel the old seal away, if not applicable; then you will want to use a knife and cut it away from the door.
  • With the seal removed you can now install the new one.
  • Simply push your new into the grooves until the seal is snuggly in place.

Door

A faulty door will lead to the cold air escaping from your fridge freezer. If, after checking the door seal, all seems normal but the door is refusing to close see below where we have highlighted possible causes to why your door will not shut correctly.

Stabilising the Appliance

If your seal is ok but the door still refuses to shut then you’ll want to check to see if the entire appliance is level. If resting unevenly, a heavy door can remain open if this is plaguing you with a leaking fridge then you’ll want to adjust the feet on the base of the machine.

Here's how:

  • Simply tilt the appliance back.
  • And turn the adjustable feet to extend them (this may require the use of a screwdriver).
  • Once happy carefully “un”-tilt the fridge, check with a spirit level if unsure.

Drainage

Another issue that could be the cause to a leaking fridge may be linked to a possible drainage fault. Moisture builds up each time the fridge door is opened - this should be condensed onto the back wall before being drained through a plug hole at the back which works its way into the evaporator tray.

Plug Hole

Check the plug hole, overtime this can become blocked by food and other debris, when this happens you can use an un-blocker to help remove any dirt and free up the hole.

Rear Tubing

It also advised to inspect the tubing located at the back of the machine- a drain tube will allow the water to enter the evaporator tray. This tube may be dislodged and causes the water to drip onto kitchen floor, if this is a problem simply take the drain tube and re-allign it over the tray, also check for any signs of damage.

Defrosting

It is recommended to check the freezer as it is prone to icing up regularly. If your freezer has no defrosting function, you'll have to defrost it manually. It is advised to defrost your freezer once every 6 months or sooner depending on how bad the ice build-up is. If you’re lucky and your freezer has an automatic defrosting function, check that the defrost element is not faulty.

Water and Ice Dispenser

 

If your fridge freezer has a water or ice dispenser check the hosing used to transport the water from the mains to the fridge.

There are usually three hoses:

  • One inlet hose which runs from your mains water supply into the top of the fridge.
  • One which runs from the bottom of the water dispenser to the bottom of the door.
  • One connected which runs from the bottom of the door into the evaporation tray.

Check all these hoses for signs of damage.

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.

With your fridge now, hopefully closing again and leak free you may feel that it is in need of a good clean. See out our range of fridge freezer cleaning products to help get your refrigerator looking like new.


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