I recently noticed the ice maker on my LG refrigerator is leaking and did a bunch of research about how to stop it from leaking. So, I put together this article to explain what causes it and what you need to do to fix the problem.
The first thing to check is whether there are any error codes displaying on the control panel. If there is an error code, you can do the solution prescribed by LG based on what error code you get. If you don’t get an error code, then you should check the levelling, and the water inlet valve.
There are also a range of other steps to take if that doesn’t solve the problem. So, below I will explain exactly what to do for each of the various error codes, and how to perform the additional steps to stop the ice maker on your LG refrigerator from leaking.
LG Refrigerator Ice Maker Leaking
When your ice maker leaks it creates a potential trip hazard, not to mention if you’re wearing socks they can get soaked through which is very annoying. Here’s the steps you should take to stop water leaking from your LG ice maker.
The steps to stop an LG refrigerator ice maker from leaking are:
- Check the display for an error code – and fix it based on what it says
- Check the levelling of your fridge
- Inspect the water inlet line
- Inspect the angur for ice build up
- See if there is any stuck ice in the shoot
If it still does not work after doing each of these steps, then you’ll need to have a repair technician have a look at it.
1. Check the display for an error code
LG fridges with ice makers have a digital control panel above where the ice comes out. When there’s a problem with your LG fridge it can display an error code. The error code is very helpful because you can use that code to figure out what the problem is.
However, when there is an issue it doesn’t always display an error code. If it does, use your error code to see what solution your fridge needs by looking for the solution on the official LG error code page. Find it here. It has a list of all the error codes, what they mean, and how to fix it.
2. Check the levelling of your fridge
When your fridge isn’t exactly level, it causes a range of issues including causing water leaks. There are two broad types of LG fridges that have an ice maker. There is the fresh door model and the side by side model.
The French door model has a freezer at the base of the fridge. Whereas, a side by side model has two doors on the front, and no freezer at the bottom. LG recommends checking that the fridge itself is level by using a bubble level – also called a spirit level or carpenters level – on the top of the fridge.
If the fridge itself is uneven, you’ll need to adjust the height of the feet, or where the fridge is located so that its level. Once that’s done you should check whether the doors are level.
3. Inspect the water inlet line
Inspecting the water inlet line will help you to identify where the water is coming from. To do that, you should open up the ice maker compartment. A small lever is typically located on the fridge door. On the left side if you open it right handed.
Once it’s open on the side of the ice maker compartment is a large info panel which explains what everything does. But, have a look to see if you can identify where the water is coming from. The water inlet line could have failed and water can leak before it gets to the ice maker.
If you can see that the water is coming from a more internal source, then it will take some work to look further into it. The entire ice maker compartment can be safely removed from the fridge, and when you do that you can see behind the ice maker, where a leak could potentially be coming from.
Water pressure too high
If the water pressure is set too high, excess water will overflow once the ice tray is full. The water pressure valve can be turned down, to stop that from happening. The water pressure valve is part of your plumbing and not located within the fridge.
It’s usually located very close to where the water line enters the fridge. Simply turn it down a little bit and see if the leak stops completely or you get less water leaks out. From there, you can simply turn it down a bit more until it stops leaking.
4. Inspect the auger motor for ice build up
The auger motor is located in the ice maker, and you can access it by opening the ice marker using the small level on the side of the fridge door. Once it’s open, slide out the ice tray where the solid ice cubes are stored before they are released when you use the ice maker.
If there is ice build up on it, it can cause ice not to come out, and can cause leaks. If it is, gently remove the ice using a cloth with some cold or warm water to melt the ice.
5. See if there is any ice stuck in the shoot
As ice sits in the tray ready to be released down the shoot and into your cup it can partially melt and then refreeze causing it to clump up and block the shoot. When you press the lever to get some ice, the warm air goes up into the shoot and can melt the ice causing water to leak.
To get to the ice shoot you need to open your ice maker by using the lever on the left side of the door. The ice shoot is located underneath the ice bin, so you need to slide it out. Underneath there is a hole, and there the ice can be clumped and lodged in the shoot.
You’ll need to remove any clumped ice somehow. Depending on how clumped it is, you can use a dish cloth soaked in hot water to melt the edges or break it up so that you can pull it out. Or, will allow it to come out of the shoot when you use your ice maker.
LG Refrigerator Ice Maker Dripping Water
You can get a leak every now and then, but when there’s an issue with your ice maker it can constantly drip water. Here’s what you should do when your LG ice maker keeps dripping water.
Generally, it’s caused by too much water pressure from the water inlet line, or the ice shoot can be blocked with clumped ice. To fix it, you should see if there is an error code showing on the display. And/or turn down the water pressure valve, and clear any clumped ice.
The steps to do this are the exact same as what you should do when your LG refrigerator leaks. I’ve explained in a lot of detail each of the steps above. So simply scroll up to step 1, which is to check for an error code and work through each solution until you’ve fixed the problem.
LG Refrigerator Ice Maker Ice Melting
The ice that an LG refrigerator ice maker makes can begin melting in the ice maker when there’s an issue. Below is what causes it and how to get the ice to stay frozen solid.
It’s generally because the freezer temperature is set too low. You can adjust the freezer temperature using the control panel on the front of your LG refrigerator. The temperature of the freezer should be -4°F (20 °C).
Simply press the freezer temperature button on the LCD display on the front of your LG fridge to change the temperature until it gets to -4°F (20 °C).
There are also vents where the very cold air from the freezer flows into the ice maker. They are located on the sides of the door on the door hinge. As well as, where the hinge rests against the fridge when the door closes. However, if the vents are blocked or damaged air can lead, and the ice maker won’t be able to get cold enough to keep the ice cubes frozen solid.
LG Refrigerator Ice Maker Water Line Leaking
There is a water line that goes from your water supply lines to the fridge, and supplies water to the ice maker. When it gets damaged it can begin leaking. Here’s what you should do:
The water supply line can be replaced with a new one fairly easily. But, the water supply line might have been set too high and may have caused the line to burst or crack. Other times the line could have bent back on itself and weakened it in such a way that it breaks.