How to Fix a Fridge Leak in 7 Simple Steps

Whether at work or at home, we all rely on our refrigerators. And when our friend the fridge starts leaking, we feel like we’re crying right alongside it! Appliance repair can be pricey and purchasing a new fridge can be even pricier, so what’s a hungry homeowner to do? If your fridge’s water line has sprung a leak, don’t fret! Here are a few simple steps you can do to fix the problem yourself.

  1. Unplug the Fridge – Pull the fridge out from its designated spot and unplug it. If you need assistance with moving it, have someone help you. Keep in mind that while an unplugged fridge’s interior can stay fairly cold if the door isn’t opened too much (in some cases for up to 24 hours). You don’t want to risk your food going bad, so be sure to try and do the next steps as quickly as possible. Pro Tip: the more items in your fridge, the colder it will stay. If your fridge is a bit on the bare side and you think you’ll have it unplugged for a bit, consider adding some water bottles to add mass inside.
  2. Turn off Water Supply Valve – Most likely, your fridge’s water supply valve will be located under the kitchen sink, but sometimes it’s behind the refrigerator itself.
  3. Identify the Source of the Leak – Most likely it’s the water line, which is what connects your home’s water supply to your refrigerator, specifically if it has an ice maker or water dispenser. The water line almost always can be found at the back of the fridge.
  4. Loosen Compression – Typically, there will be a “compression nut” that attaches the water line to the water intake valve. To loosen it, use a wrench and turn the nut counterclockwise. Then remove the nut and disconnect the supply line from the intake valve.
  5. Replace the Line – Make sure you take accurate measurements of the old line’s length and dimensions before purchasing a new one. Purchase a new line that’s durable and dependable. There are several materials to choose from when purchasing a new water line, including plastic (the cheapest and most flexible, but also the least durable), copper (excellent in the sturdiness department, but also easily kinked), and stainless-steel (the most durable, but also the most expensive).
  6. Install the New Supply Line – Thread one end of the supply line to the shut off valve under the sink and tighten until it is snug in place. If your new line is copper or plastic, be sure to secure the compression nut with a compression sleeve or ring first end of the line, as there’s nothing to prevent leaking. Stainless-steel lines on the other hand have a built-in rubber gasket that prevents the connection point from leaking. Next, thread the other end of the supply line to the water intake valve. Use your wrench to tighten it back up until snug.
  7. Test Time! – Turn the water supply valve back on and check for leaks. If you notice dripping, try tightening the nut a bit more, and test the water again. Once the line is leak-free, plug your fridge back in and return it to its rightful throne as your most utilized and loved kitchen appliance.

If the issue isn’t resolved or if you have any questions or concerns, remember that you can always call us here at Elite Restoration to help!