Help: My Maytag Side-by-Side Refrigerator Is Leaking Water

Although the convenience of a side-by-side refrigerator with an in-door water and ice dispenser is tempting when selecting a new refrigerator, this type of unit tends to experience the most trouble, due to the potential for leaks.

The sound of water leaking from your Maytag side-by-side model may be disturbing, but Maytag advises that the sound of dripping alone is likely due to the refrigerator's automatic defrost feature and is completely normal. If, however, you find water puddled in or around your refrigerator, you should troubleshoot the problem to attempt to resolve the issue. .

Inspect the water supply line that leads into the back of the refrigerator. Check for damage or cracks, and replace the line if you find any.

Turn the water supply valve off, then twist the fittings on the water supply line to remove both ends of the line from the refrigerator and supply valve. Wrap the threads in plumber's tape, then replace the tubing into the fittings to ensure a tight fit.

Open the freezer and look at the ice maker's fill tube. The clamp should be tight, and the line should not be frozen. If it appears to be frozen, direct a hair dryer toward the line and thaw it with a gentle stream of warm air. The fill tube should align directly with the input for ice production, and water shouldn't splash outside of the inlet. Adjust the tube as needed.

Pull away the black sound damper located on the back of the refrigerator. Look at the lines leading into the water reservoir to make sure they are tightly connected.

Verify that the refrigerator's drain pan is located securely in its compartment, and check it for cracks or breaks.

Things You Will Need

  • Plumber's tape
  • Hair dryer


  • Replace the water supply line completely if it is made of plastic tubing. Maytag recommends using only copper tubing, as it is more durable than plastic.


  • Water pressure below 20 psi could cause leaks from your refrigerator. Contact a plumber for assistance in fixing low water pressure.

About the Author

Michelle Skidgel has worked as a writer and editor since 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Oklahoma State University and is currently raising and homeschooling five children with her husband. Her articles for various websites specialize in parenting, green living, gardening, cooking and frugal living.