If your refrigerator is leaking from the water filter housing or has water pooling inside there can be several reasons. The water filter might be misaligned, worn out, or not the right type for your fridge. The filter housing itself could have cracks or worn out seals, and the water valve might have loose connections or be faulty. Here are all the areas and parts to check to fix the water leak.
Fix a fridge leaking water from housing
Table of contents
Tools to fix the refrigerator leak
- Towel or cloth
- Replacement water filter (if needed)
- Adjustable wrench
Why is my fridge is leaking?
Before you start you need to determine the source of the leak. Check the following:
Filter Alignment: Ensure the filter is correctly aligned and seated in its housing.
Filter Condition: Examine the filter for any cracks or damage. A damaged filter can cause leaks.
Housing Seal: Check the seal or gasket of the filter housing. A worn out seal can lead to water leakage.
Steps to fix the leaking water filter housing
Turn off the water supply
Before checking the components of the fridge, ensure you turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. This prevents accidental water spillage or flooding. The water shut off valve is typically located behind the fridge or under the kitchen sink. Turn it to the off position.
Remove the filter
Find the of the water filter housing in the refrigerator. Open the small covering or door to access it. Gently twist the filter counterclockwise. If it doesn’t move, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions, as some filters might have a push-button release or other mechanisms. Hold the filter with care to avoid any breakage or damage during the removal process.
Check the filter
Take a close look at the filter for any signs of cracks, damage, or wear. Water discoloration or an unusual taste can also indicate a filter issue. If the filter appears damaged or has been in use beyond the recommended time then replace it.
Clean the housing
With the filter out, clean the inside of the filter housing. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away debris, mineral buildup, or any impurities. Ensure the housing is dry before you put the filter back.
Inspect the seal
The seal or gasket ensures a watertight fit between the filter and its housing. Check it for wear, tear, or damage. A torn or worn out seal can cause leaks. If it looks damaged or worn out, replace it to ensure a proper fit. If it is in good shape, apply a food grade grease to both sides of the seal to be sure it seals properly.
Reinstall or replace the filter
If your old filter is still in good shape, you can put it back. Make sure it aligns correctly with the housing and sits firmly. If you have a new water filter, remove it from its packaging and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Ensure a snug fit to avoid potential leaks.
Turn on the water supply
With everything set, slowly turn the water supply back on. Monitor the filter housing for any signs of leaks. If water starts dripping, turn off the water and double-check all your connections. Once you’re sure there are no leaks, fully restore the water supply.
If the water filter housing is damaged, here is a full video for how to change it on a Samsung refrigerator:
How to remove and replace a refrigerator water filter housing
Prevent leaks in the future
- Regular Maintenance: Regularly check and replace the water filter as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Avoid Over-tightening: When installing a new filter, avoid over-tightening it, as this can damage the filter or its housing.
- Check Water Pressure: Ensure that the water pressure to the refrigerator is within the recommended range. Excessive water pressure can cause leaks.
By following these steps, you should be able to fix any leaks coming from the water filter housing of your refrigerator. If the problem persists or if you’re unsure about any step, leave us a comment below and we can help you fix your leaking refrigerator.