A refrigerator leak can mean that you’re going to be paying a lot more than you would have liked to replace one of your kitchen appliances. You may have noticed an increase in your electric bill recently, which could be attributed to the fact that your refrigerator isn’t cooling properly, or not at all. If you suspect that your refrigerator might be leaking, here are five of the most common causes of leaks in refrigerators and what you can do about them.
1) Excessive Pressure
When you are working on your refrigerator, or even worse. If someone else is trying to work on it and doesn’t know what they are doing, there is excessive pressure on some of these parts. That can result in one or two things that can really cause leaks; either seals break or gaskets blow out. Either way, your fridge has seen its better days and needs to be replaced. Don’t try to get away with repairs here because there’s almost nothing you can do but replace it. It will leak again very soon.
2) Inside the Freezer
Freezer burn causes food to lose its flavor, look unattractive and develop an off taste. While technically harmless, freezer burn makes food less appetizing and can make it taste different. If you can smell off flavors like cardboard or something sour, it’s likely that you have some freezer burn. The best way to prevent freezer burn is to wrap your food tightly before putting it in the freezer (foil works well), and once frozen. Transfer into plastic bags or containers with lids. Remove air from bags as much as possible when storing your food. In addition, remember to take foods out of your freezer regularly so they don’t freeze together—this helps them thaw more quickly. Here are a few other things you should know about freezer burn:
To help combat freezer burn, keep your refrigerator at 38 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and check expiration dates on foods regularly; foods stored for too long might suffer from bacterial growth and spoil faster than usual.
3) The Ice Maker System
When you hear an ice cube drop into your glass, it probably sounds like music to your ears. However, when that sound has turned from satisfying to annoying. You know there’s something wrong with your refrigerator’s ice maker system. Ice makers are one of those components that rarely break down – until they do. If you notice odd noises coming from inside your refrigerator or if water drips onto your kitchen floor, take a moment to see what could be causing these problems before calling a repairman out. Here are five common causes of leaks in a refrigerator and how to fix them For more information on how to troubleshoot your fridge’s ice maker system, contact us today! We offer professional refrigeration repair services for residential customers in Oakland County and surrounding areas.
4) The Dispenser System
If your refrigerator is leaking, check to see if it’s coming from a loose hose or clogged line that might need cleaning. If water isn’t running freely through your supply line, turn off your appliance and unplug it from its power source. Locate your supply line and follow it to where it connects with hoses leading into or out of your refrigerator. Use pliers to remove any clamp holding these lines together, then pull them apart to check for cracks or leaks. If you discover damage, simply reconnect them using a new clamp (and secure as needed). Move on to step two for more information about repairing damaged lines.
5) Water Supply Line
The water supply line can get worn and leak over time. If you’re having trouble with leaks, check to see if your water supply line is damaged or cracked. If it is, contact an appliance repair professional right away. They will be able to make repairs and get your refrigerator back into prime condition for many years to come. Don’t forget that refrigerators have water filters inside them as well! Filters need to be changed every 6 months, so keep an eye on how much water you use when replacing your filter and avoid running out completely.