A leaking refrigerator is one of the most common refrigerator problems. And it can be very annoying. Hence, we have written this article to guide you on how to stop the problem of your Indesit refrigerator leaking water.
Indesit Refrigerator Leaking – Reasons and Solutions
The following are reasons your Indesit refrigerator is leaking as well as the solutions:
1. Blocked Defrost Drain
This reason is the most common cause behind a leaking refrigerator. Every refrigerator is designed with a drain hole that collects accumulated water within the refrigerator.
However, this drain hole can get blocked by debris, food particle, and even ice. As a result, since the water can no longer flow through the drain, it drips out of the refrigerator.
Hence, the solution to this issue is to unclog the drain of your Indesit refrigerator.
How to Unclog Indesit Refrigerator Defrost Drain
The steps below will guide you on how to unclog your Indesit refrigerator defrost drain:
Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator from the electrical outlet and turn off the water supply.
Step 2: Locate the drain hole of your refrigerator. In most cases, it is located at the inside bottom of the refrigerator.
Step 3: Insert a thin straight wire or a pipe cleaner into the drain and manually unclog the blockage with it.
Step 4: Flush the drain with warm water with the use of a small funnel or a turkey baster.
This should unclog the drain and stop the leaking. If it doesn’t, check out the next item…
2. Blocked or Damaged Drain Pipe
The drain pipe is fitted to the drain hole and it sends the water down to the drain pan. If this pipe is blocked or damaged, you will definitely have a leaking refrigerator.
To solve this, you need to either unclog or replace the drain pipe depending on the issue you discover.
How to Unclog Indesit Refrigerator Drain Pipe
Follow the steps below to unclog your Indesit refrigerator drain pipe:
Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator from the outlet. Remember to also turn off the water supply.
Step 2: If your refrigerator is stationed close to the wall, move it from the wall to give you access to the rear access panel.
Step 3: Remove the rear access panel by loosening the screws holding it in place.
Step 4: Locate the drain pipe and determine if it is a clog. The drain pipe usually has a rubber check valve.
Step 5: Once you discover the clog, remove the pipe and clean it with soap and hot water. You need to clean the valve as well.
Step 6: Next, reinstall the pipe and the rear access panel.
Step 7: Plug the refrigerator back into the outlet and turn on the water supply.
Replacing the drain pipe can also be done using the same steps above but without step 5. Instead of reinstalling the old pipe, install the new drain pipe.
3. Damaged Drain Pan
The water collected by the drain hole which runs through the drain pipe is emptied into the drain pan. The water is then evaporated thanks to the condenser fan that blows warm air on the pan.
Therefore, if this drain pan gets damaged (cracked), it will cause water to leak out of the bottom of your Indesit refrigerator. You can deal with this issue by replacing the drain pan.
How to Replace Indesit Refrigerator Drain Pan
Follow these steps to replace your Indesit refrigerator drain pan:
Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator and turn off the water supply. Also, move the refrigerator away from the wall if that is how yours is stationed.
Step 2: Take away the grill also known as the kick plate. The grill is the front cover at the bottom of your Indesit refrigerator.
Step 3: Remove the tape that holds the drain pan in place.
Step 4: Take away the rear access panel at the back of the refrigerator.
Step 5: Remove the tape that holds the drain in place at the back.
Step 6: Move to the grill and remove the drain pan.
If at this point you don’t notice a crack on the pan, you can simply wash the pan and put it back in.
Step 7: Fix in the new drain pan and attach the tapes back.
Step 8: Put back the grill and the rear access panel.
Step 9: Move your Indesit refrigerator back to the wall.
Step 10: Plug in the refrigerator and turn on the water supply.
4. Door Seal Issues
Issues with the door seal (aka door gasket) can cause your Indesit refrigerator to leak. These issues include food or debris accumulation on the seal or damage to the seal.
The door seal prevents warm air from entering the refrigerator which will lead to too much condensation. What you now have on your hands is a leaking refrigerator.
To deal with this, you need to determine if the door seal is just dirty from debris or food particle, or it is damaged.
If it dirty, you can clean it using water and baking soda solution. Just dip a towel in the solution and use it to do a full cleaning of the door seal. Then take a dry towel and wipe off the seal to remove any solution paste.
However, if the door seal is damaged, then you need to replace it.
How to Replace Indesit Refrigerator Door Seal
You can replace the door seal of your Indesit refrigerator by following these steps:
Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator.
Step 2: Open the refrigerator door and pull the door seal out of its place. If it is proving difficult to remove with your hand, then you can remove it with the aid of a putty knife. However, you need to be careful when using the knife so that you don’t damage the refrigerator.
Step 3: Once the old seal is removed, properly fix in the new seal. And make sure there are no kinks or knots as you fix it.
5. Uneven Refrigerator Position
If your Indesit refrigerator is uneven on the ground and tilts forward, it is easy for water to leak out. An even refrigerator is slightly tilted back to allow water to flow into the drain hole at the back.
You can correct this by adjusting the front legs of your refrigerator. However, do not raise the legs higher than 0.5 inches than the back legs.
6. Food Storage Pattern
The way you store your food can also contribute to your Indesit refrigerator leaking problem. If you have food items in the refrigerator that have high moisture content, then more moisture will build up. This, in turn, leads to increase moisture within the refrigerator.
Apart from the type of food stored, where you store them can also be an issue. If you place your food items to rest on the back wall, this can cause water to flow down and out the refrigerator door.
To solve this issue, you have to do the following:
i. Reduce the amount of high-moisture food items you store at a time.
ii. Do not place your food items on the back wall.
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Conclusion – Indesit Refrigerator Leaking
Any of the issues discussed above could cause your Indesit refrigerator leaking problem. However, with the solutions above, you can easily handle the problem.
But if none of the above works, then you might have a bigger problem. Therefore, we recommend you speak to our appliance technicians.
Or you get a new refrigerator like the one below especially if you have had yours for a long time.