As alarming as refrigerator leaks can be, most are resolved with a straightforward fix and not an appliance replacement. What causes Samsung refrigerator leaks? A clogged defrost drain is often responsible. Flushing the drain with hot water should dispel the ice and debris that causes clogs, stopping the leak. Determine why your Samsung refrigerator is leaking water with these troubleshooting tips.
Pinpointing the Problem When Your Samsung Refrigerator is Leaking Water
Finding the source of the leak is half the battle when your Samsung refrigerator is leaking water. We’ll review the 5 most common reasons for refrigerator leaks and how to resolve each issue.
1. Refrigerator Is Not Level
When your Samsung refrigerator is leaking water, first make sure it’s leveled properly. A refrigerator should be slightly higher in the front than in the back to enable its coolant to flow properly. If this isn’t the case, coolant can pool in certain areas, making the refrigerator work harder and produce more condensation. This increased condensation can fall on the floor around the refrigerator, appearing like a leak.
To make sure your refrigerator is leveled correctly, place a carpenter’s level front to back on the floor of its interior. If it’s not properly leveled, raise or lower the refrigerator legs so it’s slightly higher in the front. Most legs can be loosened with a screwdriver and rotated left or right to achieve the right height.
2. Clogged Drain
If your Samsung refrigerator is leaking water on floor once or twice a day, a clogged defrost drain is a likely cause. This drain carries water from the automatic defrost system to the drain pan underneath the refrigerator, where it eventually evaporates. Sometimes, lingering water in the defrost drain can freeze, causing blockages that prohibit water from flowing. When this happens, any defrost system water will back up and cause leaks when the automatic defrost system periodically operates.
Consult your user manual to determine how to best access the defrost drain and use a turkey baster or funnel to flush it with hot water. This should dispel any ice or debris and enable water to flow properly.
3. Issue With the Water Tank Assembly
Water leakage in a Samsung double door refrigerator with a dispenser is often due to a problem with the water tank assembly. This tank continually fills with water from your home’s supply so drinking water and ice can be produced when needed. Since water dispensers are usually located in one of the refrigerator doors, leaks often present themselves on the door’s interior or exterior.
These refrigerator water tank assembly issues often result in leaks:
- Cracks in the water tank
- Kinks or holes in the tubing
- Failed water inlet valve
Water tank assembly leaks can’t be repaired and require replacement. A professional refrigerator repair service can determine if the entire assembly or just the faulty component should be replaced.
4. Excessive Humidity
Wondering why is my Samsung refrigerator leaking water on hot days? The excessive moisture in the air can add to the water already in the refrigerator and cause leaks. Oftentimes, this extra water accumulates in the drain pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. The pan may overflow and leak onto the floor before the extra water can evaporate.
On humid days, try running a fan or lowering the kitchen temperature with air conditioning to lessen water accumulation in the refrigerator. If the kitchen gets warm, check the drain pan periodically and empty it as needed to avoid leaking.
The team at Appliance Genie can help when your Samsung refrigerator is leaking water. Call us for all your kitchen appliance concerns!