Locate and replace the leaky tubing
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Photo 1: Disconnect the leaking tube
Disconnect one end of the leaking tube by pressing in on the inner ring with needlenose pliers to release the tube. If there isn’t a quick-connect coupling, simply cut the tube with a sharp utility knife.
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Photo 2: Cut out the damaged section of tube
Cut off the damaged tubing with a sharp utility knife. Don’t use a side cutters; it’ll distort the tubing and prevent a good seal with the quick-connect coupling.
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Photo 3: Splice in a new section of tubing
Quick-connect couplings simplify this repair. Just push cut ends of
the tubing into the coupling for a leak-free connection.
If you have a water dispenser in the
door of your refrigerator and notice
water on the floor when you fill a glass,
the vinyl tubing that runs under the
refrigerator could be leaking. To find
out, pull the refrigerator forward a little.
Then tip it back and prop up the
front feet on blocks of wood. Look
underneath and ask someone to dispense
a glass of water. If the tube’s leaking,
you’ll see it.
The fix is simple. Photos 1–3 show the
steps. Cut out the section of damaged
tubing and take it with you to the home
center or hardware store. Buy a new
section of vinyl tubing and one or two
quick-connect couplings. If you don’t
have a quick-connect coupling on one
end of the damaged tube as shown in
Photo 1, then cut the tubing in two spots
and join it with two new quick-connect
The tubing for icemakers can also get
damaged and leak. So if you ever notice
water on the floor under your refrigerator,
check for a leaking tube and repair it using the process we show here.