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 Posted: Sun Mar 30th, 2008 02:59 pm
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Recently discovered a waer leak on our 6yr old KitchenAid Superba Refrigerator (side-by-side) with water/ice maker.  Unfortunately not before the hardwood floor under about 1/2 of the refrigerator began cupping/warping.  Good news is the damage is not visable.

After pulling out the refrigerator and removnig the cardboard panel at the base of the refigerator, the issue was obvious.  Both water hoses inside the refigerator (water dispensor and ice maker hoses) had developed a crack.  Again, these are hoses internal to the refrigerator, not the external hose to the house water supply.

The cracks had developed at the point where the hoses went through a metal bracket.
In additon the hoses had devleoped a dark brown color indicating they had been subjected to long term heat and as a result the hoses became brittle.  This birttleness in addition to rubbing against the metal bracket (without any grommet or other protection) is the likely cause for the leak.

Good news is that there is plenty of extra hose shipped/stored inside the refrigerator just behind the second drawer in the refrigerator section.
Was able to cut the bad section of hose for the water dispensor and using some of the extra hose, use the existing hardware to connect it back to the water valve.
For the other hose that was cracked, this is a long hose that goes to the front of the refrigerator and up the left hand side of the freezer door.  Instead of trying to replace the entire hose, I cut out the bad section and went to Lowes who had a union  joint (Plumbing Department) that I could use to splice the two ends/hose pieces together.

Also added some duct tape around the 2 hoses to try and protect them against the heat and added some duct tape on the metal bracket to serve as a type of grommet to protect the hoses against rubbing on the metal bracket.

If you have one of these refrigerators and you have been running it for a few years and/or you hear any abnormal sound when dispensing water or if you want to just check, it may be worth pulling it out and removing the cardboard back (about 6 screws) just to take a peek.

HTH :)

MartinC


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Thanks for posting and good fix :rah:....this is a pretty common problem. The heat from the compressor is the culprit, but theres not much you can do to prevent it. It's a good idea to pull the frige out once a year and take the back cover off and vacuum out the coils and make sure that the frige isn't completely jammed back against the wall, leave it out an inch or two. This will allow the air to flow more freely around the unit.



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