You no longer need to worry about your Hotpoint refrigerator leaking. Because this article discusses the various possible fixes you can try to stop this problem. At the end of this article, we believe you will have enough knowledge on how to stop leaks in your refrigerator.
Hotpoint Refrigerator Leaking – What to Check
In this section, we have listed out the parts that when faulty can result in your Hotpoint refrigerator leaking water. We will focus on how to troubleshoot these parts and then fix them to stop the problem. If the repairs get too complex at any point, stop working and call a service technician.
1. Defrost Drain
The defrost drain is responsible for taking the water produced during the defrost cycle to the drain pan. The defrost drain can become clogged with ice, food debris, and other particles.
The drain should be unclogged to resolve this problem. To do this, locate the drain hole inside the refrigerator. Do not attempt this repair if your drain hole is not visible, instead call a service technician.
Once you locate the drain hole, insert a plumbing snake into it and pull out the clog. Defrost the refrigerator if ice is the cause of the clog. Afterward, you may flush warm water down the drain to ensure it is completely free of blockage.
2. Drain Pan
The drain pan is under the refrigerator and it collects the water produced during the defrosting process. Open the refrigerator’s back access panel and inspect the drain pan.
If the drain pan is so full it is overflowing take it out and empty it. To prevent the reoccurrence of this problem, check the temperature of the refrigerator, and turn it up if it is below 37 degrees. This because the drain pan is meant to be automatically evaporated and it being too full may be due to the temperature set too low.
However, if the drain pan keeps overflowing after this, consult a service technician.
If the pan is not overflowing, inspect it for cracks. The pan should be replaced if any crack, no matter how little is found.
3. Door Gasket
The door gasket maintains the fridge’s temperature by keeping out moisture. However, the gasket can get dirty or worn out and become unable to seal off properly. When this happens, moisture will enter the refrigerator and later spill down the door.
Therefore, inspect the door gasket, if it is dirty; clean it using mild detergent and a dishcloth. The gasket should be replaced if it is worn out. Fortunately, you can do this by yourself with the easy steps below.
This door gasket is compatible with Hotpoint Profile WR24X446 AP2067919 1227
How to Replace Hotpoint Refrigerator Door Gasket
Do these steps to replace the door gasket of your Hotpoint refrigerator:
Step 1: Open the refrigerator. Remove the old gasket by putting your thumb under the gasket and run it around the gasket track.
Step 2: The gasket should be completely off the track at this point so take it off.
Step 3: Get the new gasket, ensure it is a perfect fit for your refrigerator. Start fitting the new gasket in place from any of the top corners.
Step 4: Work your way around the track, press the gasket firmly to the track to make sure it locks in place.
Step 5: Finally, double-check and ensure there is no excess fold or bumps around the gasket track.
4. Water Filter
If you track the leak to the water filter then one of the following could be the problem:
i. The water filter is damaged
Remove the filter and check to see if the seal is torn or missing. If it is, then the filter should be replaced.
ii. The water filter is old
When the water filter is used for longer than recommended, the filter begins to get clogged. In this case, the filter has to be replaced as cleaning the filter will not fix the problem. Also, make sure you replace the filter as often as recommended to avoid this problem.
iii. The water filter is not compatible with your refrigerator
If the water filter is not compatible with your refrigerator’s model then it will not fit properly in the filter housing. This will result in water spilling out of the gaps between the filter and the filter housing. Replace the filter with another compatible with your refrigerator to resolve this problem.
iv. The water filter was not properly installed
If you had recently replaced your water filter, then this is likely the case. Remove the water filter and reinstall it to solve this issue. You may check your user’s manual for how to properly install your Hotpoint refrigerator water filter.
5. Water Filter Housing
The water filter housing may be cracked if all of the above does not solve the issue yet the leak is coming from the water filter region. Remove the water filter and check if any crack is in the water filter housing. The filter housing should be replaced if any crack is found.
How to Replace Hotpoint Refrigerator Water Filter Housing
To replace the water filter housing of your Hotpoint refrigerator, do the following:
Step 1: To minimize the chances of electrocution, unplug the refrigerator. Also, turn off the water supply.
Step 2: Take out the water filter. Remove the screw holding the water filter housing in place. Pull the housing forward to release the locking tab.
Step 3: Shift the refrigerator from the wall so you will have access to the back of the appliance.
Step 4: Next, unthread the screws holding the back access panel in place and then take off the panel.
Step 5: Locate the water inlet valve and remove the water lines from it using an open-end wrench.
Step 6: Go back to the front of the appliance and gently pull out the filter housing. Remove the water line from the old housing and attach it to the new filter housing.
Step 7: Install the new filter housing and couple the refrigerator by doing the steps in reverse order.
6. Water Tank Assembly
Another possible reason your Hotpoint refrigerator is leaking water inside is a cracked water tank. So, locate the water tank inside the refrigerator and inspect it for cracks or tear. The water tank cannot be repaired so in this case, it should be replaced.
Watch this instructional video for how to replace the water tank assembly of your Hotpoint refrigerator
7. Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve is located at the back of your unit and has the role of supplying water to the entire unit. The inlet valve requires about 20 psi to shut off. If the water pressure is below this, the valve will not shut off completely and will leak water underneath the refrigerator.
Use a water pressure regulator to check the water pressure. Or if you do not have a water pressure regulator, you can check the water pressure by doing the following:
i. Turn off the water supply and then disconnect the water line from the inlet valve.
ii. Hold the water line over a bucket and turn the water supply back on.
iii. Observe the water coming out of the line. If the water flow is strong then the water pressure is okay. If the flow is weak, then the water pressure is too low to turn off the water inlet valve.
The water supply, the water source, or the water inlet valve may be the cause of the problem. The first thing to do would be to replace the water line. If the problem persists then change the water supply to the refrigerator.
If the water pressure checks out, then the water inlet valve may be cracked or stuck open. In this case, the inlet valve should be replaced. However, if you do not have enough technical knowledge, do not attempt to do this repair yourself.
This water inlet valve is compatible with the following part numbers: PS901314, AH901314, EAP901314, IMV-513, WR02X10105, WR2X10105, WR57X0092, WR57X0098, WR57X0099, WR57X0104, WR57X0111, WR57X0119, WR57X10010, WR57X10012, WR57X10018, WR57X10018E.
How to Replace Hotpoint Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve
Do the steps below to replace the water inlet valve of your Hotpoint refrigerator:
Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator to avoid electrocution and shut off the water supply.
Step 2: Turn the refrigerator from the wall to have full access to the back of the appliance.
Step 3: Disconnect the water line from the valve using an open-end wrench. Next, use a ¼ nut driver to remove the screws holding the back panel in place and take it off.
Step 4: With the back panel removed, locate the water inlet valve and disconnect the wire harness connected to it. You may use a small flat head screwdriver to pop the wire harness out.
Step 5: Use a ¼ nut driver to remove the screws holding the inlet valve in place. Next, carefully pull out the valve.
Step 6: Disconnect the water line from the valve. The valve should be completely free at this point.
Step 7: Put the new inlet valve in place and reattach the water line to it. Plug the wire harness back to the inlet valve. And thread the screws holding the valve back in place.
Step 8: Put the access panel cover back on. Finally, attach the water line back to the valve using an open-end wrench.
Conclusively, if your Hotpoint fridge keeps leaking water after trying all of these repairs, then contact a service technician.
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Hotpoint Refrigerator Water Dispenser Leaking – What to Do
Try the following quick fixes to stop your Hotpoint refrigerator water dispenser from leaking
1. Empty the Dispenser Drip Tray
The dispenser drip tray collects the water that drips out of the dispenser before it completely shut off. The drip tray can become too full that it begins to drip water. Remove the tray and empty it to solve the problem.
2. Flush the Water System
During and after a filter change, air can get stuck in the water line. This will result in a pressure build-up in the water line and cause water to overflow the line.
The solution to this is to flush the trapped air out of the water line. To do this, you simply need to dispense about 10 liters of water. Also, ensure you flush the water system after each filter change to prevent this from happening again.
3. Level the Refrigerator
The refrigerator not being properly leveled can cause water to drip out of the dispenser. Use a level to check this.
If the refrigerator is not properly leveled., remove the grille at the bottom of the fridge to access the leveling legs. Adjust the legs to level the refrigerator.
4. Check the Water Line
Inspect the water line; if it is bent or cracked, then it should be replaced. To do this, check your manual to locate the water connections. Disconnect the water line from here and also from the water valve. Install the new line by connecting back.
Hotpoint Refrigerator Ice Maker Leaking – Solutions
Do the following solutions to fix your leaking Hotpoint refrigerator ice maker
1. Check the Water Connection
The water connection may not be properly secured. Check the water connections and tighten them if necessary.
2. Replace the Ice Maker Assembly
A component of the ice maker assembly may be faulty. However, because the ice maker is sold as an assembly, we recommend replacing the entire assembly.
How to Replace the Hotpoint Refrigerator Ice Maker Assembly
The following set of instructions will guide you to replace the ice maker assembly of your Hotpoint refrigerator
Step 1: Disconnect the refrigerator from the power supply to prevent electrocution. Also, turn off the water supply.
Step 2: Open the refrigerator and take out the ice tray so you have better access to the ice maker.
Step 3: Use a ¼ nut driver and unthread the screws holding the ice maker in place.
Step 4: Take off the fill tube and then disconnect the wire harness connected to the ice maker and the refrigerator. The ice maker should be completely free at this point.
Step 5: The new ice maker assembly will not come with a shut-off arm. So, remove the shut-off arm, from the old ice maker. Also, remove the wire harness, press it in and depress the clip to do this.
Step 6: Attach the wire harness and the shut-off arm to the new ice maker.
Step 7: Take the new ice maker to the refrigerator and connect the wire harness to it. Remount the ice maker, put the fill tube in place, and then screw the ice maker in place.
Step 8: Test run the ice maker to ensure it is working properly. Finally, put the ice tray back in place.
3. Replace the Fill Tube
If replacing the ice maker assembly does not stop the leak, then the fill tube may be the problem. In this case, it should be replaced. This repair may be a bit complex, therefore, we advise you call a repair technician for it.