A leaking refrigerator is not just annoying; it is detrimental to your appliance and your floor. And as such should be handled as an emergency. Hence this article focuses on quick fixes for the problem of a Lec refrigerator leaking.
The following are what you need to do to stop your Lec fridge from leaking water:
1. Check the Drain Tube
The drain tube carries condensate water out of the refrigerator. The tube has its entrance hole inside the refrigerator. Food particles small enough to enter this hole can get in and clog the drain tube.
Your unit will start to leak when this happens. The solution is to have the drain tube unclogged.
How to Unclog Lec Refrigerator Drain Tube
Do these steps to unclog your Lec refrigerator drain tube:
Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator.
Step 2: Open the refrigerator and locate the drain tube’s hole. This is specific to models, so you may have to check your owner’s manual for the location of the tube’s hole.
Step 3: Get a drain cleaning tool and insert it into the hole. Push the tool until you hit the clog, twist, and then pull out the blockage. Do this until you are sure you have the entire clog out.
Step 4: Mix baking soda and hot water. Then, use a syringe to squirt the mixture down the hole. This will clean out the tube completely. So, do this until water is flowing through the drain unobstructed.
Watch this instructional video on how to unclog your fridge’s drain tube hole
The drain tube may be unclogged and still be the cause of the leak. This happens when the tube is not correctly directed to the evaporator pan.
In which case, you need to redirect the tube to stop the leak. Simply open the refrigerator’s back access panel and locate the drain tube. Adjust it so that it is properly directed at the evaporator pan.
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2. Check the Evaporator Pan
The pan is located at the back bottom of the appliance and sits on the compressor. It has the duty of collecting condensed water from the fridge.
The pan can get damaged or can get dislodged. This often results in your Lec refrigerator leaking water from underneath the unit. The first thing to do in this case is to inspect the pan.
These steps below will guide you to inspect your Lec refrigerator evaporator pan:
Step 1: Take the precautionary step of unplugging the appliance to avoid electrocution.
Step 2: Pull the fridge out from the wall so that the back of the appliance is easy to access. Remove the back access panel and locate the drain pan.
Step 3: The evaporator pan may just have to be pulled out, or there may be some nuts holding it in place. This depends on your model. So, depending on how your pan is, either pull it out or unthread the nuts holding it in place.
Step 4: Now that you have the pan out, inspect it for damages or cracks. If the pan is not damaged then it means it was simply dislodged. So, put it back in place and ensure it is fixed properly this time.
Step 5: If the pan is cracked or damaged, get a new one and replace it. Now that the pan is back in place, put the access panel in place and thread its screws back on.
Step 6: Put the refrigerator back to its original position and plug it back in.
3. Dirty or Worn-out Door Seal
The door seal keeps the door of your fridge properly closed at all times. And this helps to maintain the temperature of the fridge and keep condensation out. The seal will be unable to do its job if it is dirty or worn out. And this will allow excess condensation in the fridge and ultimately result in your Lec refrigerator leaking water.
Open the door and inspect the seal. If it is dirty, then it should be cleaned with mild detergent, warm water, and a dishcloth. And then, use a dry dishtowel to clean up the seal after you are done cleaning it.
The seal should be replaced if it is worn-out. Is your Lec fridge not cooling? Then read this article.
How to Replace Lec Refrigerator Door Seal
Do the following to replace your Lec refrigerator door seal:
Step 1 – Take off the Old Door Seal
Open the fridge’s door and peel the old seal off the track. If getting the seal off is difficult, use a flat head screwdriver or a putty knife to pry off the top corner of the seal. And then pull off the rest of the seal from the top corner.
Step 2 – Install the New Door Seal
Get the new seal and place it on the door track. Ensure the seal is a perfect fit for your refrigerator. Press the seal onto the track; ensure you pin the seal on tightly.
Once you have the seal all around the track, double-check to ensure there is no bump or fold.
4. The Refrigerator is not Leveled
Your Lec refrigerator will leak if your refrigerator is not leveled. This is because the drain tube may not be directed at the evaporator pan as the fridge rocks.
Leveling the fridge is the only solution to this problem. Do the following to level your Lec refrigerator:
Step 1: Unplug the fridge to avoid electrical shocks.
Step 2: Remove the kick plate underneath the unit. Some models do not have a kick plate, so skip this step if yours does not. Also, depending on your model, you may need to unthread some screws or simply pull out the kick plate to remove it.
Step 3: The leveling legs will be accessible with the kick plate removed. To get better access to them, tilt the fridge a little bit backward. You may get someone to help out with this.
Step 4: Adjust the leveling legs with a wrench or nut driver until you have a setting that will allow the unit to stay balanced.
Step 5: Use a level to ensure the fridge is leveled. Or you may open the fridge and if it closes shut by itself then the fridge is leveled.
Step 6: If the fridge is not leveled, go back to step 3. And finally, put the kick plate back when you have the proper leveling.
Conclusively, we hope your Lec refrigerator stops leaking water after you do the fixes in this article. However, consult a service technician if the problem persists. You may also consider getting a new refrigerator if you have had your unit for a long while. Check out this awesome refurbished Frigidaire model below…
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