Unfortunately, the operation of household appliances cannot do without malfunctions. Failure can be caused by improper use, a manufacturing defect, or the solid age of the appliance. The most frequent malfunctions occur with refrigeration equipment. If you notice that your refrigerator is leaking from the bottom or inside, do not rush to call a specialist. The problem may be so minor that you can handle it yourself. For a diagnosis, take a careful look around the appliance, noting the source of the leak.
Was there a breakdown?
If you suddenly saw water under the refrigerator – no need to panic. Calm down, a puddle is not always an indication of failure. First of all, conduct a visual inspection of the unit and check the following:
– whether it is unplugged from the outlet;
– Whether a nearby appliance, such as a washing machine, has caused a leak;
– whether liquid foods stored in the refrigerator compartment (water, juice, milk, soup) are securely closed with the lid;
– The power supply in the house is not disrupted (lack of power can lead to defrosting of the appliance);
– whether heating radiators, sinks, and pipes are leaking.
If as a result of checking it became clear that the cause is still in the refrigerator, it is necessary to immediately begin to fix the breakdown.
Warning: Your refrigerator can leak for a variety of reasons. Almost all of them can be eliminated with your own hands, without turning to a professional.
Clogged drain hole in the refrigerator compartment
Description. Water accumulates in the lower part of the fridge compartment, under the vegetable drawers. The reason – ice and small parts of food clogged the drain.
Solution. If there is no ice in the drain, just use a cotton swab and any sprinkling tool. The sequence of steps:
- Before you begin fixing the problem, de-energize the unit.
- Soak the cotton swab in water and clean the drain, removing any stuck pieces of food and dirt.
- fill the syringe with warm water and flush the drain.
If there is no effect from the performed operations, the only way out is to defrost the refrigerator and repeat the above-described actions. Is the water flow into the condensate collecting tank disturbed? In this situation, you cannot do without cleaning the drainage channel with a small piece of wire.
Note! It is necessary to clean the drain duct very carefully, observing the maximum smoothness of movements. Otherwise, you may cause damage to the unit.
The drain hole of the freezer compartment is clogged
Description. Water is accumulating inside the refrigerator. The source of the leak is the freezer. Signs are an accumulation of an impressive amount of ice along the perimeter of the freezer door.
Solution. To clean the drainage tube located inside, you need experience and appropriate knowledge. In addition, special tools will be needed. Therefore, in this case, to fix the problem, it is recommended to contact a technician, rather than trying to cope with the problem yourself.
The fluid drain tube is loose
Description. There is a puddle under the refrigerator which reappears after wiping it. The cause is a failure of the drainage structure (loose attachment of the tube, its damage during transportation or in the process of use).
Solution. You need to bring the tube back to its original position. It is quite simple. It takes a couple of minutes to connect it to a special container. If the problem remains, you need to inspect the device for integrity. There may be a crack in the tube. In such a situation, the part will need to be replaced. It is better to entrust this matter to an experienced specialist.
The liquid reservoir is broken
Description. Evaluate the condition of the rear wall of the refrigerator from the inside. If there is a continuous stream of water flowing down it means that the liquid reservoir is broken.
Solution. In this course of events, there will be no benefit from repair measures. Here it will be necessary to buy a new tank and call a professional to install it. But there is no need to worry too much. If you caulk the hole through which the moisture enters, the equipment will work properly for a couple of days.
The hermetic sealing of the fridge is broken
Description. Leaks can be caused by a ruined latex gasket on the doors. Try to monitor their tightness when using the appliance. If the door does not close tightly – the refrigerator will work hard, and ice will appear on the gasket, which, when thawing, will flow to the floor, forming a puddle.
Solution. Today manufacturers have provided availability of component parts for any model of refrigerating machinery. If the tightness of the latex gasket is broken, it must be replaced. You can buy the gasket yourself, as well as perform its installation to replace the old one.
The thermostat does not work
Description. The refrigerator stops working completely. An impressive puddle of water forms underneath it.
Solution. Such a malfunction belongs to the category of serious. It occurs quite often, and its elimination requires a lot of time and effort. In addition, eliminating such a problem will require significant monetary expenditures. Repair is impossible here. It is necessary to replace the damaged mechanism. Experts do not advise doing it on your own. So, among other things, you will need to hire a specialist.
The no-frost system
Description. The cause of the leakage is a faulty evaporator heating element. A small amount of ice appears on the inner surface of the refrigerator, which, as it melts, contributes to the accumulation of moisture under the fruit and vegetable drawers. Some water will also be observed on the floor.
Solution. This problem is not meant to be fixed by yourself. With your intervention, you can only make things worse. As soon as possible make a request to call a master. Only a specialist is able to eliminate such a breakdown.
Have you discovered that your refrigerator is malfunctioning? There is no need to panic. Try to “diagnose” yourself, and if you fail to identify the cause of the malfunction – go to a workshop. In some cases, you can fix the unit yourself. However, you should be careful when fixing the problem to avoid damaging other parts.
The refrigerator is an essential attribute of any modern kitchen. And as soon as it fails, there is a lot of inconvenience. To avoid such trouble, the experts recommend studying attentively the instruction enclosed to it. It is also not superfluous to read the information about the possible problems and ways to combat them.
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