ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator
Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair30 - 60 mins
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
John From Glyndon, MD
Apr 19, 2011
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Plastic lines were cracked open right at valve and leaking water onto floor. Bad design on GE's part, plastic lines where heat was produced by compressor.
Turned off water supply.
Removed cardboard panel at rear bottom of refrigerator.
Unscrewed copper fill tube clamp.
Took copper fill tube off of valve using 1/2 inch (I think) open end wrench. This used compression fitting.
Removed solenoid by unscrewing one hex-head screws.
Pulled off two electrical connectors.
Trimmed ends of plastic tubes (they were hardened by heat, and will likely leak again.)
Pushed tubed into new solenoid valves (original connection was via some plastic nut and fitting.)
Reattached electrical connectors, using lug adapters (included in package) on one to make up for slightly narrower terminal on new valve.
Reattached copper fill line to valve using original compression fitting. **Had to bend line to make it fit between new lower valve inlet and screw clamp on refrigerator housing.** That was only slightly tricky part of job.
Reattached valve to refrigerator and replaced cardboard panel.
Turned water on and everything worked, and no leaks.
Will likely need to do this again when old stiff lines crack again.
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