ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator
Level of DifficultyReally easy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
Janet From Weston, FL
Oct 17, 2008
8 out of 13 people found this instruction helpful
I unplugged the refrigerator and removed the black fiberboard panel at the back of the unit. I turned off the water at the wall and disconnected the copper water line from the unit.
One bolt holds the valve assembly in place. Once the bolt is removed you simply pull the unit out of the refrigerator. I took the time to mark all electrical connections and water lines (1, 2, 3, etc.) and wrote the corresponding numbers on the new valve unit. I unplugged the electrical connections and removed all water lines by gently squeezing them with the pliers and pulling them out of the old valve.
After everything was disconnected I connected the new valve. The numbering system made it easy to know exactly which plug/line went where and it was reconnected in less than 2 mins. I slid the unit back, replaced the single bolt holding the unit, reconnected the main copper water line, turned it on, placed the fiberboard back in place and was done.
We had an estimate from a refrigerator repairman of $275 to change this valve, parts & labor. We thought it was ridiculously high and decided to attempt the repair ourselves. Best decision we ever made and saved a fortune.
This is definitely an easy fix. Go for it!