How to Fix a General Electric Refrigerator Water Dispenser That Is Leaking

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How to Fix a General Electric Refrigerator Water Dispenser That Is Leaking
Many refrigerator manufacturers, including General Electric, add water dispensers to the design. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fridge-mounted water dispensers provide instant access to chilled, filtered water without having to refill a jug or refrigerate bottles of water. A faulty dispenser paddle or blocked water filter could be causing leaking nozzle on your General Electric refrigerator. Eliminating these causes of trouble helps stem the leak and get your refrigerator working normally. Some small leaks are part of the appliance's normal function and cannot be stopped.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Warm, soapy cloth
  • Large container

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    Push the paddle that regulates the flow of water from the dispenser nozzle; when released, it should snap back into place and cut off the supply. Dirt and grime can restrict the movement of the paddle and cause a leak. Turn off the dispenser by holding the "Lock Control" button and wipe it down with a warm, soapy cloth.

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    Place a large container underneath the dispenser and run the water for at least three minutes. The water flow might sputter during this time, releasing trapped air pockets. Air stuck in the supply line can cause drips or leaks from the nozzle; running the water should prevent this occurring.

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    Change the refrigerator's water filter; it could be blocked with limescale or other debris from the supply line. A blocked water filter could lead to a water leak from the nozzle. Ideally, you should install a new filter every six months. Fresh filters are available from General Electric. Repeat Step 2 after installing a new filter.

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