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There is Water Under or Around your Refrigerator

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

There is Water Under or Around your Refrigerator

The ice maker in your refrigerator / freezer has a water line attached to it so that water can enter the ice maker, freeze and make ice. If you see water under your refrigerator, around your refrigerator or the floor in that vicinity becomes noticeably wet or soft and squishy, you may have a leak from the water line going to your ice maker. It could also be a leaking valve or a clogged condensation line.

What should you do? The valve allowing water to come into the ice maker is usually located behind the refrigerator, check the valve for obvious leaks. If you don’t see water leaking from the valve or the line itself cut off the valve to stop any further damage.

If you do not have a valve behind the refrigerator and the line (tubing) goes through the floor or ceiling to another area you will have to follow the tubing to the area where it is attached to the water intake valve. When you find the valve inspect it for leaks and then cut the valve off. If the water line is not in a controlled temperature environment it is also subject to freezing. Condensation line on the appliance can also become clogged and that will need to be check.

If you are unable to perform these inspections on your own call a professional to assist you with them but first turn the water to the appliance off.

Damage to your flooring should be mitigated by a professional restoration company. If you are filing an insurance claim ask your repair man to leave all repaired parts with you for the insurance adjuster.

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