Most homeowners are shocked when they notice their refrigerator leaking water around the bottom; after all, this isn't an appliance that typically leaks water, so why is it happening? The bottom line is that you need to act quick to fix the leak, as it can damage the flooring underneath. Allowing the water to continuously pool up can lead to hundreds of dollars in repairs and the development of mold, which is something no one wants to see happen. Here we'll take a look at some of the most common reasons why refrigerators leak water.
Most newer model refrigerators come with a water and ice dispenser installed on the outside of the freezer door. Instead of forcing the owner to use cube iced, they can place their glass up to the dispenser for an instant ice. In order for the water and ice dispenser to work, however, the refrigerator must be hooked up to a water line. If this water line is securely attached, there's a chance it could leak water. To check it, pull your refrigerator so you can have access to the back of it. Now find the line running from your refrigerator to the water dispenser in the wall. Run your hands along the area where the two connect to see if you notice any moisture. If there's water around the connection, your water line is leaking and needs to be fixed.
Another common cause of refrigerators leaking water is due to the evaporator tray. Most refrigerators have a thin tray at the bottom where the excess water collects. Typically, this water naturally evaporates into the air over time, but if water is collecting faster than it's evaporating, it will inevitably pool up and leak. Get down on the ground and try to locate this tray. Once you've found it, empty it out in the sink or outside to see if that fixes the problem. It it does, you may have to continue dumping out the evaporator tray to prevent this problem from occurring in the future.
Although it may look like water, your refrigerator could actually be leaking freon. If this is the case, you'll want to be extra careful around the leaked fluid, as it's toxic and harmful to both humans and animals. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to tell if it's actually freon leaking, so you'll need to call a professional to come out and inspect your system.