Water dispenser stopped working years ago. Ice maker would freeze up in the back of the fridge and water would leak out. Would clean out the frozen piece and it would work for a couple days before it would freeze again. Today, decided to see if other people have my problem. Everything was saying you need a new water inlet valve. Looks easy enough to replace. Do you think this is the problem? If it is, I want to make sure I order the right part. My fridge is rather old. Not sure how old because it came with the house and I have been here 15 years. I know it was fairly new model when I moved in. Thanks for your help.
ANSWER Hello Bill,
If the fill tube freezes up, the issue is caused by a water valve closing too slowly. This can be caused by low water pressure to the valve, (since the water valve is closed by water pressure only), or a bad water valve. As far as the low water pressure goes, you should check the water supply. Turn the water off and dis-connect the water line from the back of the refrigerator. Put the water line into a bucket or plastic trash can and turn the water back on. If the water pressure is sufficient, the water valve 4318046 will require replacement. If the water dribbles out, you should check the water line for crimps and if a saddle valve was used for the installation, it should be removed to see if it is a self tapping saddle valve. If it is, the pierced hole in the water line will need to be drilled out to 1/4 inch. The same valve can be reused as long as it doesn't leak. (Be aware also, if you pull the saddle valve off, the water to the home should be turned off and pressure bled off first).
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Tuesday, November 27, 2012