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Why Is My Ice Maker Leaking

Since water is necessary to create ice, your ice maker may occasionally develop a leak. There are several common places where an ice machine leak might happen, and most of the time, it doesn’t even come from the machine itself.

The easiest method to find potential leaks and prevent costly ice machine repairs is through routine preventative maintenance. For this reason, AAA Appliance Repair undertakes two preventative service visits on each ice maker we install yearly. Before they spring open and cause serious harm, our skilled ice machine experts can swiftly spot leaky valves or defective parts.

In this article, we’ll discuss the common question. Why is my ice maker leaking? We will also include tips and advice on what to do if your ice maker leaks. 


What to Do First If Your Ice Maker Is Leaking?

A leak around your industrial ice maker will most likely originate in two prominent places: outside the unit or inside the machine. Your initial action should be a thorough inspection of the vicinity of your ice maker to locate the leak. Try to avoid any water pools in case of any electrical hazards.

Depending on where the leak comes from, you should hire a plumber or an ice machine specialist to fix the problem. If the leak comes from outside the machine, as it would if it were coming through the shutoff valve, it might be a plumbing problem. Any issue originating from the device’s interior calls for a technician.

Unplug the machine and turn off the water. You must carry out these actions correctly because you risk damaging the machine if you unplug the machine before turning off the water.

We recognize that there are situations when turning off the unit isn’t an option (for example, when providing ice to clients). The best line of action is to control the leak, yet we strongly advise turning off the machine and the water. To safeguard the surrounding environment and anyone using the ice maker, it is essential to place a container, such as a pot or a bucket, to catch the water.


What to Do When Leaks Occur Outside the Ice Maker

Customers call us for ice machine repair regularly after discovering leaks. However, the truth is that most leaks come from outside the ice maker, frequently from the water line. A leaky water line may be caused by someone failing to secure the ice maker within the line or by a crack or break in the line itself.

Contact a plumber to fix the problem if your water line is dripping.

A clogged drain is another frequent problem that might result in a leak developing outside the ice maker. Customers mistakenly feel their ice maker is leaking, although there is less of a “leak” and more likely a drainage issue due to similar symptoms. The space between your ice maker’s drain line and the floor drain is known as an “air gap,” which is usually necessary for ice machines. Dish towels and other objects can get stuck underneath floor drains, preventing water from draining properly and overflowing, giving the impression that there is a leak under your ice maker.

Look under the appliance if you see your ice maker dripping water from the bottom to ensure nothing clogs the floor drain. Pull the obstruction from under the drain to restore drainage between the ice maker’s drain line and the floor drain.


Why is my Ice Maker Leaking?

There could be several reasons why your ice maker is leaking. Here are some possible causes: 

  1. Faulty water supply line: The water supply line provides water to the ice maker. If there is a leak or a crack in the water supply line, it can result in water leakage. The line may become damaged due to wear and tear over time or improper installation.
  2. Clogged or frozen water inlet valve: Water flow is controlled by the water inlet valve into the ice maker. It can lead to water leakage if it becomes clogged with debris or freezes due to low temperatures. The obstruction prevents proper water flow and can cause water to overflow or leak from the ice maker.
  3. Defective or worn-out water inlet valve: Over time, the water inlet valve can develop internal leaks or fail to close correctly. That can result in continuous water flow to the ice maker, causing leakage.
  4. Cracked or damaged water reservoir: The reservoir stores water before it is frozen into ice cubes. If the reservoir develops cracks or gets damaged, it can cause water to leak from the ice maker.
  5. Improper installation: If the ice maker is not installed correctly, it can lead to water leakage. It can happen if the connections are loose, the unit is not level, or the water supply line is not securely attached.

Suppose you’re unable to identify or resolve the issue yourself. In that case, it’s recommended to consult the manufacturer’s manual or contact a professional appliance repair service to diagnose and fix the problem with your specific ice maker model.


What to Do When Your Ice Maker is Leaking

Discovering that your ice maker is leaking can be frustrating, but there are steps you can take to address the issue. Here’s what you can do when your ice maker is leaking:

  1. Turn off the ice maker: This is the first and most crucial step to prevent further water leakage and potential damage to your ice maker.
  2. Check the water supply line: Inspect the water supply line for any visible damage, such as cracks or loose connections. Addressing issues with the water supply line can often resolve leakage problems.
  3. Inspect the water inlet valve: Examine the water inlet valve for any signs of leakage or malfunction. If you identify any issues, such as cracks or worn-out seals, consider replacing the valve to rectify the problem.
  4. Clean the ice maker: Sometimes, leaks can be caused by clogs or debris blocking the water flow. Thoroughly clean the ice maker, paying attention to the ice mold and surrounding areas, using warm water and mild dish soap.
  5. Test and monitor the ice maker: After addressing potential issues, turn it back on and observe it for any signs of leaks. Monitor the ice maker over the next few days to ensure the problem is fully resolved, and there are no recurring leaks.

Remember, if you’re uncomfortable performing these steps yourself, or if the problem persists, it’s always best to seek help from a qualified ice maker professional or contact the manufacturer’s customer service for further guidance.


Long-Term Results of Ice Maker Leaking

The Long-Term Results of Ice Maker Leaking

You should consider if your ice machine is dripping water. Depending on where the leak originates from, there might be different levels of harm.

Possible harm can be severe if the leak comes from outside the machine. Water damage includes:

  • Furniture
  • Walls
  • Grout
  • Floors
  • Tiles
  • Things related to food, especially if it is kept in cardboard boxes

If water is allowed to linger for too long, it can also grow mold on walls and the subfloor.

You may also be liable if you overlook a leak and create a hazardous working environment where employees could slip and fall.

Leaks coming from inside the machine should also be considered. When an ice maker leaks, it signifies that water is not reaching crucial parts. A leak may result in smaller ice cubes or decreased ice output. Ice may clump together, making it very challenging to pour into glasses, even if the ice maker drips water into the bin.

Freeze-ups or corrosion are the most severe problems a leak in a machine might bring about. Ignoring an interior leak for too long will harm the bottom of the machine, even though it may take a while. Scale can accumulate, or even worse, rust can destroy the structure of the ice machine.

When ice on the evaporator plate can’t discharge, freeze-ups occur. If water gets onto the evaporator plates, it may freeze into a sizable ice mass that expands and breaks the plate. Your ice production will stop until the ice maker is repaired, since broken evaporators require pricey repairs.


Prevent Your Ice Maker from Leaking With AAA Appliance Repair

How to Prevent Your Ice Maker from Leaking

If you notice a leak, pay special attention to the ice maker. Knowing where a leak comes from will enable you to decide how to stop it and who to contact to address it. Remember to consider water if it is present near your ice maker.

Parts that have the potential to leak can be identified by professional ice machine technicians (like a AAA Appliance Repair West Palm Beach expert) and replaced before they break. A professional visit to service the equipment every six months will help prevent leaks.

Hiring a plumber to inspect your drainage and water lines regularly is also an excellent idea. A plumber can securely empty floor drains and seal water lines to prevent entering a flooded room.

Waiting until the ice maker develops a leak could cause structural harm to your company. Give us a call if you’ve ever had ice maker leaks. One of our experienced Ice Machine Experts can locate a dependable ice maker for your company for little to no money upfront.

There’s no need to look for a reputable ice machine service if you’re looking for a new ice maker. Just contact AAA Appliance Repair West Palm Beach! Our team of ice machine specialists can size up the ideal ice maker to suit your company’s requirements. 



For more information on how can help you on your Ice Maker Repair, please contact us at (561) 689-8885, or visit us here:

AAA Appliance Repair West Palm Beach

1273 S Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415, United States

(561) 689-8885

Ice Maker Repair West Palm Beach