Could I get instructions on replacing the water valve for the ice maker?
ANSWER Hello Odette,
Turn the water off to the refrigerator and unplug the unit from the power supply, (wall outlet). Remove the water line from the old water valve and remove the cover from the bottom of the back of the unit if necessary. Remove the screw securing the water valve to the refrigerator body. Unplug the wiring from the valve noting the color of the wires and the color of the solenoid they were on. You may want to take a picture of it with your cell phone for reference during reassembly.
Now there are two kinds of valve connectors for the water lines that connect to the unit. One is the old standard screw on type. The new ones are John Guess fittings. Of course the screw on type simply screw off. The new valve will have the new fittings. You will need to cut about 1/4 of an inch of the old line off as there will be a groove in it from its' last installation which will prevent it from sealing in the new valve. It needs to be cut off squarely as possible. Once this is done, slide the water line into the new valve and when it bottoms, give it a real hard push. It will drop in again. Now you pull on it to seal it.
If for any reason you should need to pull it back out, push it in hard and hold the ring around the line in. Now while holding the ring in, the line will slide right out. Of course the rest of the re-installation of the new valve is the reverse of the removal procedure.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Wednesday, September 05, 2012