Is your Labcold Refrigerator leaking? Then, you need to read this article to learn how to fix this problem. Most of the reasons your Labcold refrigerator is leaking can be easily fixed yourself without calling a technician.
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Labcold Refrigerator Leaking – Possible Reasons and Solutions
The reasons your Labcold refrigerator is leaking are discussed below as well as the solutions to these issues:
1. Blocked Defrost Drain
A blocked defrost drain is the most common culprit when folks complain about their Labcold refrigerator leaking. The defrost drain collects water that builds up during defrosting. The water is then sent to the drain pan for disposal.
However, when this drain is blocked by any form of debris, water will then accumulate inside your refrigerator and then find its way out via leakage.
You can solve this issue by unclogging the blockage. To do this, simply clean the drain with a pipe cleaner. Push and pull the cleaner into the drain a few times. After that, pour hot water into the hole.
This simple trick should loosen every clog in the defrost drain and stop the leaking problem.
2. Damaged Drain Pan
Remember we said that the defrost drain sends water to the drain pan right? You see, the drain pan acts as temporary water storage. The water stored here doesn’t remain long but evaporates very quickly. The evaporation is made possible as a result of the warm air that blows the pan from the condenser fan.
However, if this drain pan gets damaged, your Labcold refrigerator will start leaking. When this happens, the only solution is to replace the drain pan.
How to Replace Labcold Refrigerator Drain Pan
The following steps will show you how to replace your Labcold refrigerator drain pan:
Step 1: Unplug your refrigerator from the outlet. This will protect you from electrical shock. You also have to disconnect the water supply.
Step 2: Move the refrigerator from the wall so that you’ll have enough space to work.
Step 3: Remove the kick plate at the front bottom of your refrigerator. A putty knife can be used to easily remove this part from the refrigerator.
Step 4: With the aid of screwdrivers, loosen the screws that hold the water filter in place. Once the water filter is loose, pull it out so that you can access the drain pan.
Step 5: Then use a small knife to slice the piece of tape that holds the drain pan.
Step 6: Go to the back of the refrigerator and use a screwdriver to unscrew the back panel. This will give you access to the drain pan as well.
Step 7: Locate the tape that holds the drain pan here and cut it out with a small knife.
Step 8: Go back to the front of the refrigerator and take out the damaged drain pan.
Step 9: Insert the new drain pan and hold it in place with tape at the positions you cut the previous tapes from.
Step 10: Put the water filter and the kick plate back in their rightful places.
Step 11: Cover the back panel.
Step 12: Move your Labcold refrigerator back in place. Plug it into the outlet and turn on the water supply.
The video below is a visual explanation of the steps above
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3. Issues with the Water Filter
The following are issues with the water filter that can cause your Labcold refrigerator leaking problem:
i. The water supply line is not properly connected to the water filter.
ii. The water filter wasn’t properly installed when it was replaced.
iii. The water filter you installed might be the wrong size or type for your refrigerator.
iv. The water filter might be damaged.
All the issues above can be easily corrected.
First of all, you need to make sure that the filter used is the correct size and type for your Labcold refrigerator. Once you are certain of that, you need to check if it is properly connected and installed. And if it is damaged, you need to replace it.
How to Replace your Labcold Refrigerator Water Filter
Do the following to replace your Labcold refrigerator water filter:
Step 1: Locate the water filter. The position of the water filter varies depending on the model. Some are located on the inside top compartment; others might be at the back of the kick plate. We recommend you check your user manual to be sure of the location.
Step 2: Remove the filter cover if there is any. Some covers can be twisted off while others require that you squeeze the tabs. You can easily figure this part out.
Step 3: There are two types of water filters; we have twist-on filters and push-in filters. To remove a twist-in filter, you need to turn the filter clockwise and pull it out.
If yours is a push-in filter, simply push the release button and pull the water filter out. Some push-in filters do not have the release button, if this is the case, push the filter in to unspring the latch and then pull it out.
Step 4: Fix the new water filter based on the type of water filter and the method of removal of the old filter.
Step 5: You need to flush out the new water filter. This is important as it will help you remove the carbon granules that are in the water filter.
You can flush the water filter by running 1 or 2 gallons of water from the dispenser and collect it in a container. You can throw the water away or use it for your plants.
You can read this article for a more detailed explanation of how to change a water filter.
4. Unbalanced Refrigerator
Many people don’t know it, but an unbalanced refrigerator tends to leak water over time. This happens because condensate water doesn’t flow into the drain and the drain pan as a result of the unbalanced position of the refrigerator. Instead, it accumulates elsewhere and because it has to flow somewhere when it is excess, it flows out of the refrigerator as leakage.
A well-leveled/balanced refrigerator should tilt slightly backward. In this position, the condensation can flow directly into the drain hole.
One way to be sure that your Labcold refrigerator is well-balanced is to try out “the fridge-door test”. A balanced refrigerator’s door should close on its own after it is released. If your refrigerator isn’t doing that, it isn’t level or balanced.
You can level your refrigerator by slightly loosening the screws of the legs at the bottom of your refrigerator. While doing this, ensure that both front legs are even. If you aren’t sure, use a carpenter’s level to verify. The adjustment will cause the refrigerator to tip backward slightly ensuring that condensation flows to the drain hole.
Then try the fridge door test. Open the refrigerator and then release it. If it closes by itself, then your Labcold refrigerator is well balanced.
Note: The backward tilt of the refrigerator shouldn’t be too much as that could cause another set of problems. Always ensure that the front is not more than 0.5 inches higher than the back. This is the recommendation from most manufacturers.
Conclusion – Labcold Refrigerator Leaking
With the above, we believe you are armed with enough information to fix the problem of your Labcold refrigerator leaking.
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