Level of DifficultyReally easy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
I bought a refrigeator that was stored in a public storage area. When I initally connected the water source to the refrig, there was a big wter leak under the refrig. The repair was quite easy once you identify the part that is broken. Day 1 (Investigate the leak): I pulled out the refrig. I removed the screws (7) holding the bottom cardboard panel. Once done, I removed the screws (2) holding the inlet value in place. I pulled out the value about inches and inspected what was wrong. (There was a hairline crack in the body of the value caused by the water freezing when it was stored outdoors). I wrote down all the numbers off of the valve and then I ordered my parts online from PartsSelect (plug for company!!!). I also ordered a water filter, since it had cracked as well. I put everything back together in reverse order, and left the water turned off. Day 2 (3 days after ordering parts). Took apart the refrig again, just like Day 1. I read the instructions that came with the Water Inlet Valve and they were "exact". Disconnected the electrical connectors. I had the push-in fitting type of hose connector, so I simply pushed in (not pull!!!) the collet (colored collar around the opening) inward towards the valve and pulled the tubing (4) away from the valve. VOILA!!! Real easy! I compared the old valve and the new valve...yup, correct part! Now the installation was a breeze! I simply reversed the order. Pushed in all the hoses into the correct fittings, reconnected the electrical connectors, and reinstalled the valve to the refrig, and attached the water filter in the front of the refrig. I turned on the water source and checked for leaks. No surprises here!!! The connections held and there were no leaks! I reinstalled the cardboard backing and I pushed back the refrig in place.
Moral of my story: if you are going to store your refrigerator outdoors, drain all the water from the water and ice maker system!!!