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Why is my refrigerator leaking?

You'd be forgiven for not thinking about your refrigerator very often. After all, it usually just sits there quietly, doing exactly as it should. But if that suddenly changes one day, puddles start to appear on your kitchen floor, and you find yourself asking, "Why is my refrigerator leaking?"

There are a number of reasons why refrigerators leak, many of them having their root causes in the type of gentle wear and tear that takes place over the years. Whether it's this kind of gradual leak or a sudden breakage that's creating significant water damage, all you have to do is call or schedule your service online. Your local factory-trained specialist at GE Appliances Factory Service will diagnose and resolve the issue — usually in just one visit.*

But let's start at the beginning: why is your GE refrigerator leaking, and what can be done to make your fridge watertight once again?

Identifying the cause of your leaky fridge

The location of a refrigerator leak can tell the story of its underlying cause. In fact, there's a big difference between a leak at the front of your fridge and a leak from its rear panel. See if any of these symptoms sound familiar:

  • Water is leaking from the front of the refrigerator: Don't let that puddle beneath the fridge doors fool you — this probably isn't a problem with your refrigerator door seal. Instead, you may be experiencing the symptoms of a blocked drain line. This could be remedied by removing the tube and running it under hot water to thaw the ice that's causing the blockage. But if this leak is a regular occurrence, a more thorough inspection and repair job may be in order.
  • Water is leaking from the bottom center: If you have a cracked or improperly positioned drain pan — or there's excessive humidity in the air — you'll probably notice that your refrigerator leak is coming from the very center of your fridge's base. Drain pans vary by refrigerator model, so this kind of problem is often best left to the professionals.
  • Water is leaking from the back of the refrigerator: You may have experienced this kind of problem if your fridge is hooked up to a water supply for its water or ice dispenser. A damaged water valve or water line is the most likely culprit. The fix could be as easy as tightening some connections, or it could require replacement parts if there are holes, cracks or other signs of damage.
  • Water is leaking inside the refrigerator: Again, this depends on your particular model, but if your refrigerator has an interior drain line (usually running behind the crisper drawers), it can become blocked and cause a leak inside the refrigerator itself. Hot water or a mini plumber's snake can remedy this — or expert attention may be needed if this leak happens regularly.

Plug that leak once and for all

When your trusty GE refrigerator starts to show signs of wear and tear, you don't have to replace it: you may be able to get it back to its best by calling in your local specialists at GE Appliances Factory Service. We know GE appliances inside and out — and we're usually able to get the job done in the first visit.*

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