How to Fix a Leaky GE Refrigerator

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Finding a puddle inside your GE refrigerator model GSS25GFXWW or on the ground near your appliance is definitely a panic-inducing sight. However, before you give up on your current fridge, it’s important to know most leaks are not caused by a major component failure. If you’re dealing with a leaky refrigerator, keep reading to learn some of the most common causes and how you can fix them yourself.

Refrigerator Repair Tips

To avoid electrocution, unplug your refrigerator and turn off the water supply valve before you start repairing your appliance. Wearing work gloves and safety goggles to protect your hands and eyes is also a necessity.

The Door Gasket

Your refrigerator’s door gasket creates a seal that keeps cold air in and warm air out of your appliance. When the gasket is dirty or the rubber is damaged, the outside air seeping into your refrigerator can lead to excessive moisture inside the freezer and fresh food compartments. The added moisture will eventually drip into your appliance’s drain pan, which will cause the pan to overflow and the water to end up in a puddle on your kitchen floor.

How to Replace the Door Gasket in Your GE Refrigerator

  1. Depending on which door gasket is damaged, open either your fresh food compartment door or your freezer door. Shimmy a flat head screwdriver underneath the gasket and pry the rubber seal off the door. Once a small section of the gasket is lifted up, use your hands to pull the rest of the seal off the freezer or fresh food compartment door.
  2. Before securing the new gasket, use warm soapy water and a rag to clean the refrigerator door. If you skip this step the newly installed rubber seal may not conform to the door properly.
  3. Start the installation process at the top of the refrigerator door. First insert the right and left corners, doing so makes installing the rubber seal much easier. Once both corners are secure, use your hands to push the sides of the gasket into the grooves along the refrigerator door.
  4. After the gasket is properly installed, close the appliance door, and inspect the seal it creates. If it looks good, open the door and add petroleum jelly to the gasket. Leave the jelly on for a few days before wiping it off. The petroleum jelly will help the gasket form an adequate seal.

The Ice Maker Assembly

A puddle of water on your freezer floor may indicate your ice maker is leaking. However, before you replace your old ice maker with a new one, inspect the water line fittings and defrost drain to ensure neither are the cause of the leak. If you’re sure your ice maker is the problem, you’ll need to replace it.

How to Replace the Ice Maker in Your GE Refrigerator

  1. Open your freezer door, and remove the ice bucket. If your freezer has a small shelf on top of the ice bucket, you’ll need to take it out before you can access the ice maker assembly.
  2. Once the shelf and the ice bucket are out of the way, unthread the screws holding the auger motor assembly to the back wall of your freezer. Remove the motor from the wall and disconnect the wire harness from the freezer.
  3. Now detach the ice maker wire harness from the freezer’s back wall. Once the wire is disconnected, loosen the screws securing the ice maker assembly to the freezer. Then, lift the ice maker up and off the mounting screws and remove it from the compartment.
  4. Before installing your new ice maker, take the fill cup off your old ice maker and place it on the new one. Next, line up the ice maker assembly with the mounting screws on the back wall of your freezer, and then secure the ice maker by tightening the screws. Finally, reconnect the ice maker wire harness.
  5. Plug the auger motor wire harness back into the freezer, and place the motor assembly on the mounting brackets. Secure the auger motor with the screws you took out earlier.
  6. Reinsert the ice bucket and the shelf, and shut the door. With your new ice maker installed there should no longer be a leak in your freezer.

The Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve in your refrigerator is usually found behind your appliance’s bottom, rear panel. Its main job is to control the water flow to the refrigerator’s ice and water dispenser. If the water valve is damaged in any way, you’ll end up with a puddle of water either behind your fridge or underneath it. Replacing the water inlet valve is the only way to fix the issue.

How to Replace the Water Inlet Valve in Your GE Refrigerator

  1. To reach the water inlet valve, you’ll need to remove your refrigerator’s bottom, rear panel. Once you’ve taken out the screws securing the panel to the appliance, simply lift it off the fridge and place it in a safe area.
  2. Using a wrench detach the water inlet line from the water inlet valve. When you pull the line off the valve, some water may drip out. If it does, wipe it up with a paper towel or rag.
  3. Unthread the mounting screw that holds the damaged water inlet valve to the refrigerator. Then, with your wrench, release the ice dispenser and water dispenser inlet tubes from the inlet valve. Clean up any water that comes out of the inlet tubes. Next, disconnect the solenoid wire harnesses from the back of the inlet valve. Now you can remove the faulty water inlet valve from the back of your refrigerator.
  4. To install the new water inlet valve, start by inserting the ice and water dispenser inlet tubes into the valve. Make sure the connection is secure; otherwise, you may end up with another leak. Once the tubes are in place, reconnect the solenoid wire harnesses, and then use the mounting screw you removed earlier to attach the new water inlet valve to your refrigerator.
  5. Finish up your repair by reinstalling the water inlet line and reattaching the bottom, rear panel. Once you’re done, keep a close eye on your refrigerator for the next couple of days to ensure the leak at the back of your appliance is fully resolved.
If you’re unable to locate the source of your refrigerator’s leak, please contact us today, and we’ll send one of our highly trained appliance repair technicians to your home to diagnose and fix the malfunction.