Perfect for storing popsicles and ensuring your sunny day drinks for the season stay ice cold, your freezer may just be summer’s best friend. But your freezer’s ice maker (or a stand-alone ice maker) can put you at risk for hazardous leaks – and repairs mean spending some cold hard cash. There’s no excuse to give water damage the cold shoulder — these simple ice maker maintenance tips makes summer water damage prevention no sweat!
First thing’s first so you aren’t left out in the cold: check behind your ice maker at least once a year and check for any damp areas behind it. While you’re back there, check your tubing and hoses. Chances are, your ice maker is outfitted with a factory-issue plastic water pipe, which attaches the valve to the water inlet. These are often the culprit of small leaks, which can lead to hundreds of gallons of seeping water over time. To help prevent this, simply replace the plastic connection with copper tubing. Home Depot makes a replacement kit that makes installation super simple! While it is possible for copper tubing to crack, it is extremely durable and resistant to corrosion, making it much less likely than a leak from plastic tubing found in many ice makers.
Once you’ve inspected and detected any potential appliance failure behind your ice maker, it’s time to take preventative measures so that your appliance is no longer on thin ice. Place a moisture detection sensor behind your ice maker, so that when there’s a water leak is detected, you can be alerted before it becomes a bigger problem. Did you know WallyHome is the only wireless moisture detection system that alerts you via email, SMS, and push notification if a leak is detected? Check out more here!