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Water Wreaks Havoc, Moisture Detectors Can Help

While ice makers are a nice convenience, they are one of the most common causes of leaks and moisture intrusion problems in Village residences.

An ice maker leak can be caused by a number of things. Here are some basics to check:

  • Ensure your refrigerator is level; leakage can easily occur if it isn’t.
  • Level the ice maker unit itself. A level control inside the unit can be repositioned if needed. Loosen the mounting screws and align the ice maker unit so that it is perfectly level. After leveling, ensure that the mounting screws are tightened to prevent the ice maker from moving.
  • Check to ensure the water supply line—the tube behind your freezer— isn’t damaged (pinched or kinked) or broken.
  • Ensure the cup/funnel that directs water into the unit’s ice cube molds is aligned correctly to avoid leaks. Investing in an inexpensive moisture detector, available at most large hardware stores, will let you know as soon as a leak develops, if installed as directed.

Investing in an inexpensive moisture detector, available at most large hardware stores, will let you know as soon as a leak develops, if installed as directed. Moisture detectors under sinks, near ice makers and under hot water heaters help with water intrusion. You can use special plates under hot water heaters to catch leaks and special devices that shut off the water and electricity to the tank when a leak is detected. Thousands of dollars can be saved if leaks are detected early and repaired.

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