Broken plastic water actuator on door (it snapped off when hit with a glass)

ApplianceFrigidaire Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyVery Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Merrill From W. Stockbridge, MA

Apr 23, 2010

2 out of 2 people found this instruction helpful

First I was surprised how fast the part arrived. I expected to wait a week-it seemed like it came the next day!
I began by reading some of the other 34 customer stories and was fore-warned about the perils of disconnecting the water tube-but I had problems before I got to the dreaded water tube.
Since the front finish on the refrigerator door is brushed stainless, I was paranoid about scratching it!
I carefully removed the frame around the water/ice dispenser by inserting a thin bladed screwdriver and it popped off exposing 3 bottom screws holding the plastic dispenser. The first two screws came out with a lot of applied torque with the driver.
The third one-nearest the handle-was badly corroded. It would not budge-the phillips bit damaged the head. So I tried cutting a straight slot with a hack saw. This was complicated by the position of the handle which prevents direct access to the screw head.
Sooo, I had to remove the handle. Note the handle has two parts. bottom and top. The bottom must be removed first by applying pressure downward and out-a screwdriver inserted under the edge helps.
Now I have duct tape all over the door to prevent damage from my exertions. My shoulders and forarms are aching and it is late-so I go to bed.
The next day I go to the local hardware store and buy the smallest screw extractor they had and two 5/64" drill bits. I insert the drill and crank up the power driver and insert the extractor. I am feeling good. Progress is being made. I try reversing the extractor-nothing happens-it will not turn!!!
I am now totally frustrated!! I power up the carbide drill bits and attack the remaining portion of the firmly embedded screw. I manage to break the head partially off and twist the remainder off with the needle nose pliers.
Now I can remove the cover. But part of the screw remains-more on this later when I put the cover back.
The push button panel is held on with 4 screws and I remove it but do not disconnect it but tape it out of the way with duct tape.
As I am disconnecting the electric module(I did disconnect the power) the duct tape on the push button module drops and the paper wire strip breaks-or so I thought. Upon closer examination I find it merely has disconnected and can be put back.
I now have access to the small plastic connector on the broken part but have to remove the four push on connectors-all color coded-make a small diagram to get these back right. The toughest was a tiny connector to the ice actuator.
I removed the two small screw holding the broken plastic part and with some adjustment managed to get the new part in place without removing the water tube.
I replaced the push button panel and put the holder back. the two original screws go back but there is part of the final screw still on the opening-so I use a smaller self taping screw and it fits like a charm!!
goo luck to those who try all this!!!

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Water Dispenser Actuator

Part Number: PS1526418

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