Water leaking in, under, or behind your fridge may call for a professional repair. But before you schedule a service call, first consider a DIY solution to the problem. Why is my GE refrigerator leaking water? The water filter may be broken, requiring a simple replacement. Learn how to fix GE refrigerator leaks with these troubleshooting tips.
GE Refrigerator Leaking Water? Here’s How to Stop Leaks at the Source
A GE refrigerator leaking water is really two problems: cleaning up the mess and identifying the source of the leak. We’ll specify the most common causes of refrigerator leaks and if a do-it-yourself repair is possible.
1. Refrigerator Water Line Leak
Water line leaks are usually responsible if your GE refrigerator leaks water from underneath or behind the unit. The water line connects the refrigerator to your home’s water supply for the production of ice and drinking water.
There are several possibilities that can result in water line leaks:
- Water line is loose: If the refrigerator’s water line isn’t securely connected to the refrigerator or your home supply, leaks can occur at the connection points. If the valves appear loose, tighten them at each connection.
- Damaged water line: Refrigerator water lines are usually thin plastic tubes that can develop holes or cracks. If inspection of the water line reveals damage, it must be replaced.
- Home water supply connection is damaged: If your home’s water pipe or connection to the refrigerator water line is cracked or damaged it requires replacement by a plumber.
2. Leaking From Refrigerator Water Filter
Is your GE refrigerator leaking water from water dispenser? This may be due to a water filter malfunction.
GE water filter leaks can occur for the following reasons:
- Water filter isn’t installed properly: Refer to your user manual to ensure that the filter is installed correctly, making any needed adjustments.
- Water filter head is cracked or damaged: If the water filter head is cracked or the seal is damaged water will leak inside the filter housing or dispenser. A damaged filter requires replacement.
- A generic water filter was installed: Always replace your filter with the OEM model recommended in your user manual. Using a generic water filter can result in an improper fit that causes leaks.
3. Faulty Water Inlet Valve
Another reason for refrigerator water dripping on the floor is a faulty water inlet valve. This valve opens and closes to allow water from your home’s water line to supply the refrigerator, as needed. If the valve is damaged, it can leak water underneath or behind the refrigerator. You may also find your ice maker won’t make ice or your water dispenser provides less water due to a lack of supply.
Here’s how to assess the water inlet valve for leaks:
- Unplug the refrigerator and turn off the water supply.
- Move the refrigerator away from the wall.
- Remove the rear access panel to reach the inlet valve on the bottom of the refrigerator.
- Inspect the valve for damage or leaks.
If the water inlet valve is leaking, we recommend that a professional service replace it.
4. Defrost Drain Is Clogged
A GE refrigerator leaking inside, under the crisper or deli drawers, may be due to a clogged defrost drain. This drain transports residual water from the defrost system to the drain pan, where it evaporates. Occasionally, water droplets can freeze inside the drain, causing water to back up and leak inside the refrigerator.
A blocked defrost drain can be unclogged to stop the leak. However, first consult your user manual to determine the location of the drain hole and if unclogging it requires a professional service.
Follow these steps to unclog the defrost drain:
- Mix a solution of 1 Tbsp baking soda and 2 cups hot tap water.
- Flush the drain hole with the solution via a turkey baster.
- When you hear water reaching the drain pan below the refrigerator, the clog has dissolved.
If the drain continues to clog or you find the refrigerator not cooling properly, a professional service should assess for a defrost system malfunction.
5. Damaged Drain Pan
If all else fails, a GE refrigerator leaking water may be the result of a damaged drain pan. If the pan develops a crack or hole, collected water from the defrost system will leak on the floor before evaporating.
To access the pan you’ll need to unplug your refrigerator, move it away from the wall and remove the rear panel. If inspection of the pan reveals damage, it should be replaced by a professional refrigerator repair service.
The team at CD Appliance Repair can fix a GE refrigerator leaking water or any refrigeration issue. Schedule your repair today!