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LG Fridge Leaking Water From Door (Causes & Solutions)

LG Fridge Leaking Water From Door (Causes & Solutions)

Are you waking up to puddles of water on your kitchen floor because your LG fridge leaks water from the door? This is definitely something you should not overlook.

Fridge leaks can be a frustrating and potentially costly problem to fix. Not only can they cause water damage to your home, but they can also lead to higher energy bills.

So, before you load new groceries into your LG refrigerator, whether it is LG French Door, Side by Side, or Top and Bottom Mount refrigerator, it’s better to repair the leaking door.

This guide will show you why your LG refrigerator leaks water and offer practical solutions for fixing the problem.

Why is Your LG Fridge Door Leaking Water?

1. Spill Inside the Fridge

Your leaking LG fridge might result from something as simple as leaking containers in the fridge. This leak usually occurs when you open the door rather than when it is closed.

Food and drink stored in a refrigerator can leak easily spill inside the fridge. For example, the container in which the food is stored might not be properly sealed or cracked or not properly positioned in the fridge, causing the liquid content to leak.

So, before you press the panic button,

  • Check all containers in the fridge to see if they are properly sealed and have not fallen off.
  • If you find any displaced containers, ensure to reseal them.
  • Also, clean up spilled food items with a clean, dry cloth to ensure food particles don’t store in your refrigerator.

2. Unbalanced Fridge

The position of your LG refrigerator can also have an impact on its performance. Ideally, your LG refrigerator should not be level with the floor or tilted forward, as this can disrupt the flow of coolant and make the refrigerator work harder.

When this happens, extra condensation forms on the condenser coils, causing water to leak from the bottom and through the fridge door.

So, if you notice water dripping from the bottom of your fridge door, it’s likely your fridge is unbalanced.

To see if this is the issue,

  • Get a leveler to determine the balance of the fridge. If not properly placed, tilt the refrigerator slightly backward and place a leveling tool beneath its feet. This raises the front of the refrigerator slightly, allowing the coolant to flow properly.
A Blocked Defrost Drain

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3. A Blocked Defrost Drain

This is a major cause of water leaks in most refrigerators, including the LG model. In fact, the defrost drain is the first component to check if you notice any leaks in your LG fridge that are not caused by items in the fridge.

The defrost drain is a great way to keep your refrigerator ventilated and free of excess moisture. However, if anything gets stuck in the hose, like food particles or debris, it can cause ice to build up, leading to water dripping out of the door when you open it.

To fix water leaks caused by a clogged defrost drain, flush the drain inside the freezer with warm water. If this doesn’t work, you might be tempted to use a hair dryer. However, we recommend avoiding it because the dryer’s heat can melt the rubber drain.

Instead, use the following steps to manually remove the debris that’s clogging the valve at the end of the drain hose:

  • First, unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the wall.
  • Next, locate the drain hose and inspect the valve.
  • Finally, clean the valve and drain line with hot water and soap, and reinstall the valve.
  • Once the line has defrosted, plug your LG fridge back into the socket and push it back against the wall.

4. Faulty Door Gasket

If your LG refrigerator is leaking water and does not appear cold enough, it could be that the door is not properly closed, or the door seal is faulty. Move closer to your refrigerator to confirm that you have the door shut properly.

It’s also possible that someone forgot to properly shut the fridge door after removing an item. Or the fridge is overcrowded, making it difficult for the door to close properly. However, if none of these are the culprits, the next step would be to inspect the door gasket.

This rubber seal goes around the fridge door and allows it to close tightly, preventing air and moisture from escaping through the door. However, the gasket becomes worn out over time due to the constant opening and closing of the door, resulting in a leak.

Faulty Door Gasket

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Also, the seal around the refrigerator is frequently overlooked during routine cleaning. As a result, food and liquid particles accumulate on the gasket, causing it to wear out and allowing condensation and leaks.

Interestingly, repairing a faulty LG fridge gasket is simple and inexpensive. A replacement LG refrigerator door gasket and seal costs only about $50.

You can also use the following steps to replace the gasket on your LG refrigerator.

  • Start by removing all items from the refrigerator.
  • Then, clean up any debris and thoroughly defrost the refrigerator.
  • Next, remove the worn-out seal from the refrigerator with care and replace it with a new one.
  • Close the fridge door and check for any gaps. Once you are satisfied that it is properly sealed, return the fridge to the socket and monitor it for 24 hours for any signs of leaks.

Extra Tips: We recommend checking your refrigerator gasket every 12 months to see if it is in good condition.

5. Faulty Ice Maker

Newer LG refrigerator models include an icemaker on the refrigerator door. And, as the name implies, the icemaker’s function is to create ice. However, the icemaker can malfunction for several reasons, such as temperature fluctuations, broken compartments, faulty fans, etc.

Water leaks are a common sign and result of a faulty icemaker. So, if you notice water dripping from the door of your LG refrigerator, you may want to inspect the icemaker compartment to know if the fault is from there.

To fix water leaks caused by icemaker;

  • Remove the icemaker tray and inspect for signs of leakage and calcium build-up.
  • If noticed, clean the tray thoroughly and replace the broken compartment.
  • You should also check the fridge control board to ensure it sends power to the ice maker.
Faulty Dispenser

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6. Faulty Dispenser

Some newer models of LG refrigerators also have a water dispenser built into the door. The dispenser is a new feature that allows you to fetch cold and hot water whenever needed.

However, just like any other appliance, the water dispenser can malfunction and continuously dispense water into the fridge, resulting in leaks from the door.

To fix water leaks from the dispenser;

  • Open the refrigerator door and inspect the dispenser panel
  • Examine and clean the dispenser button for residue buildup that could cause it to operate without being pressed.
  • Press the dispenser lock button to lock the dispenser and disable the buttons manually.

7. Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan motor is an important component of the LG refrigerator. It helps to circulate air around the fridge and freezer compartments, keeping them at a consistent temperature.

If the evaporator fan motor keeps collecting dust that falls behind it, it will eventually get blocked. When this happens, it can cause condensation to build up on the coils and cause water to leak from your LG refrigerator.

To fix water leaks caused by a faulty evaporator fan motor;

  1. First, unplug the refrigerator and locate the evaporator fan motor. This is usually located in the back of the freezer compartment.
  2. Next, inspect the motor for any damage or wear and tear. If they are damaged, you will need to replace the evaporator fan motor. You can purchase a new evaporator fan motor from an appliance parts store or online.
  3. Once you have the new motor, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install it. Be sure to turn off the power to the refrigerator before attempting to install the new motor.
  4. After replacing the motor, test the refrigerator to ensure the water leak has been fixed. You should check other cooling system parts for damage if the leak persists.

If you’ve tried these steps and are still experiencing a leak, it may be time to call in a professional. A certified appliance repair technician can diagnose the issue and recommend the best action.


While it may be an annoying problem to have with your LG fridge leaking water from the door, it’s easily fixable. With diligent investigation and a few DIY skills, you can find the issue and have your refrigerator back to functioning normally in no time.

  • Check the defrost drain and use a hair dryer to melt any ice or a small brush or pipe cleaner to clean out debris.
  • Inspect the water supply line and replace it if it is damaged
  • Replace the door gasket if it is worn or damaged
  • Test and potentially replace the water valve if it is faulty
  • Inspect and potentially replace the water inlet valve if it is damaged
  • Reset the ice maker or water dispenser and potentially replace it if the issue persists

If you have any questions or need more help troubleshooting the problem, please feel free to comment below. We would be happy to help you find a solution.