Most refrigerators today are equipped with icemakers, and as homeowners, we have become accustomed to the convenience of fresh, clean ice available all the time. Sometimes, though, icemakers can develop leaks that reduce their efficiency or cause damage to the area around the refrigerator. Here are some clues that indicate your icemaker may be leaking.
Signs of a Leaking Water Line
Look for signs of water under or around the base of the refrigerator. If it's a small leak that has recently started, only a small amount of water may have accumulated. If the refrigerator sits on any type of rug, you may feel dampness in that area. The longer the leak has been dripping, the larger the accumulation of water will be. In cases where a drip has continued for a longer period, you may even notice signs of water damage along the baseboards. This can result in water line stains, cracked paint, mold, mildew or swelling of the baseboards. There may also be damage to the caulking around the baseboard, which may appear as holes or splits in the caulking material.
Check the wall space behind the refrigerator as this area may also show signs of water damage. Use care when sliding the refrigerator out from the wall; if the pipe supplying the refrigerator is older, it could rupture, sending jets of water into your kitchen.
Signs of a Leaking Water Valve
Ever notice that your ice cubes are suddenly much smaller than normal? Or the icemaker won't shut off even though ice is spilling out of the bin? One possible explanation could be a malfunctioning water valve. The valve has a small screen or net that filters out minerals and sediment from the water being supplied to the icemaker. Over time, the screen can become blocked, especially if you live in an area with hard water. The blockage prevents water from traveling freely through the line. This can result in a slow leak. You may even notice water pools or stains where the icemaker's water line is connected.
There are a number of other possible causes for leaking icemakers: The fittings for the water line, its compression couplings or the solenoid coil windings may also need to be replaced.
If you notice any of these signs of a leaking icemaker, contact a plumber before the problem causes extensive damage. A plumber will check all the components and connections along the entire length of the line from its water supply source to the back of the refrigerator to be sure each is secure and functioning properly. This means looking for any damage to the copper or plastic tubing, checking to be sure that all valves and valve screens are clear of buildup and working properly, and evaluating the condition of all fittings.
For you need help finding and fixing the source of an icemaker leak, contact The Pink Plumber today.