Is your Hitachi refrigerator leaking but you do not know how to stop it? Do not let this trouble you any longer. The reasons and solutions for this problem are not farfetched. So, read on and find out how to fix your Hitachi fridge leaking water.
Water Leaking from Hitachi Fridge – How to Fix
The following are the various reasons your Hitachi refrigerator is leaking water and how to fix it:
1. Clogged Defrost Drain
The defrost drain is responsible for taking the water produced during each defrost cycle to the drain pan. The drain can become frozen or clogged with food particles. This will then result in water overflowing the drain and spilling out of the refrigerator.
To rectify this, use a hairdryer set at the lowest degree to heat the drain. Or you may simply defrost the refrigerator, this article discusses how to defrost your Hitachi refrigerator.
If the blockage is caused by food particles then push a thick piece of straight wire inside the drain hole. Afterward, mix baking soda in hot water and flush the mixture down the drain using a turkey baster. Do this until you hear water rushing into the drain pan below.
2. Leaking Drain Pan
Water accumulates in the drain pan after each defrost cycle. Warm air is then blown over the pan to evaporate the water. However, the pan can overflow due to some technical glitch.
In this case, the pan should be removed and manually emptied. But you may have a bigger problem on your hand if the pan keeps overflowing. So we advise that you call a repair technician if it keeps reoccurring.
If the pan is not overflowing, then it may be cracked. Remove the pan and asses it for cracks, if any is found, then have it replaced.
Also, the pan may have been installed wrongly, especially if it has been recently installed. Simply take out the pan and reinstall it properly.
3. Air is Trapped in the Water Line
When the water filter is changed, air can get into the water line and get trapped there. This will result in a pressure buildup that will cause the line to overflow.
The air has to be released to rectify this. Luckily, this can be done by simply dispensing about 3 gallons of water. Also, always ensure you flush the water system after every filter change to prevent this from reoccurring.
4. Water Line is Cracked or Loosely Secured
The water line may not be properly fixed to the valves. Inspect all water connections and ensure they are properly secured.
If the problem persists then the water line may have a tear or is bent. In this case, the line has to be replaced. Simply disconnect the leaking line from each end with an open-end nut driver and secure a new line in its place.
5. The Water Filter
The water filter may be the cause of the leak if it is damaged, old, or not properly installed.
Remove the water filter and inspect the head. If the seal is torn or missing then the filter has to be replaced. The water filter should be reinstalled if it is not damaged. However, this time, ensure it is properly installed. You may check your owner’s manual for how to properly install the water filter.
If the filter is old then it can get clogged and cause it to leak. Cleaning the filter will not solve the problem so it should be replaced. Also, ensure you always buy a filter compatible with your refrigerator.
6. Cracked Water Filter Housing
The water filter housing can get cracked and spring a leak. Therefore, check the housing for cracks. If any is found, then the filter housing should be replaced. Luckily, you can DIY with the steps below.
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How to Replace Hitachi Refrigerator Water Filter Housing
To replace the water filter housing of a Hitachi refrigerator, do the following steps:
Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator to ensure safety. Also, turn off the water supply as the repair will include water spillage.
Step 2: Remove the water filter from the filter housing.
Step 3: Remove the screw holding the water filter housing in place. And then, gently pull the housing forward.
Step 4: Next, shift the refrigerator from the wall so you can have full access to the back of the appliance.
Step 5: Remove the screws holding the back access panel in place and then take it off. Locate the inlet valve and then disconnect the water lines from the valve using an open-end wrench.
Step 6: Go back to the front of the appliance and remove the filter housing. Disconnect the water line from the old housing and attach it to the new filter housing.
Step 7: Install the new filter housing and recouple the refrigerator by doing the steps in reverse order.
7. Worn out Door Seal
The door seal helps to maintain the temperature of the fridge by keeping warm air out. The door seal will be unable to do its job if it gets dirty or become worn out. When this happens, moisture will buildup in the refrigerator and then eventually spill out of the unit.
Inspect the seal, if it dirty, then clean it up. If it appears worn out, then it should be replaced.
How to Replace Hitachi Refrigerator Door Seal
Do the following steps to replace the door seal of your Hitachi refrigerator
Step 1: Open the refrigerator door. With a putty knife or a flat-head screwdriver pull off the top corner of the door seal.
Step 2: Remove the door seal from the track by grabbing and pulling off the already removed top corner.
Step 3: Place the new seal on the track, ensure the seal is compatible with your refrigerator.
Step 4: Work your way around the track and clip the seal firmly to the track. Inspect your work and ensure there are no bumps or folds around the seal.
8. Dispenser Drip Tray is Full
The water dispenser drip tray collects the water that drips before the dispenser totally closes off. The drip tray may get full and overflow out of the refrigerator.
In which case, you just have to take out the drip tray and empty it to resolve the issue. This should be done periodically to avoid leaks from the refrigerator. This article focuses on other Hitachi refrigerator dispenser problems and how to fix them.
9. Defective Water Inlet Valve
The water lines that supply water to the refrigerator parts are all connected to the inlet valves. The valve opens and closes to allow water from the water supply to the water lines. However, the inlet valve can become bad and stay stuck open.
The water pressure may be low and this is making the valve not shut off properly. To check the water pressure, shut off the water supply and disconnect the water line from the valve.
Hold the line over a bucket and turn the water supply back on. If the water flowing out of the line is weak then the water pressure is low. Alternatively, you may use a water pressure regulator to check the water pressure. If it is below 20 psi, then the inlet valve is faulty.
To resolve this issue, the inlet valve should be replaced. And unless you have enough technical knowledge call a repair technician for this replacement.
If you are technically savvy, watch this instructional video to replace your refrigerator water inlet valve
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