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Refrigerator Ice Maker Water Line Frozen Or Leaking?

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If your ice makers’ water line is leaking, the water line is likely frozen, causing water to back up and seep through connection points. 

A frozen ice maker or water dispenser will likely cause water to leak into the interior of your fridge. To fix it, you must isolate the cause of the blockage and clear the line.

Keep reading to find out how to identify the problem, then take the right steps to keep the problem from happening again.


How To Unfreeze Water Line To Ice Maker

An ice maker or water dispenser blockage is usually due to an accumulation of frozen water that builds up over time, eventually preventing any water from flowing freely through the dispenser.

Blockages can happen anywhere in your fridge where the temperature is at or below freezing. 

Depending on where the ice blockage is, you have a few options:

  • Use a hair dryer to melt the ice
  • Use warm or hot water to melt the ice
  • Defrost the freezer and let the ice melt naturally

How To Fix a Leaking Water Line

If your water line is leaking, you will first need to identify the source of the leak. If it is because of the ice blockage, eliminate the possibility of a leak by clearing the waterway and relieving the pressure. 

You will want to inspect the tubing around the leak and if there is any damage evidence, replace the tubing.

How To Keep the Ice Maker Tube From Freezing?

To prevent an ice maker water line from freezing depends on why it froze in the first place. Here is a list of the most likely causes.

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Your Freezer Is Too Cold

If your freezer is too cold, you can experience ice build up. Set your freezer at a warmer thermostat setting.

Faulty Thermostat

Another reason for a freezing waterline might be that your refrigerators’ internal thermostat is faulty. Replacing that may fix your problem. 

Cold Room Temperature

If the temperature of the room the refrigerator is in is unheated, the waterline can freeze. This often occurs when refrigerators are kept in a garage.


As you can see, a frozen ice maker or a leaking waterline in your refrigerator are problems that are easy to identify and fix.

To prevent blocked components in future, check your thermostat to ensure it’s not set too low.

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