Water dispenser fails to shut off

ApplianceMaytag Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Lance From Santa Fe, NM

Aug 13, 2011

6 out of 7 people found this instruction helpful

Upon careful inspection, I found that the dispenser also would occasionally fail to shut off when dispensing whole or crushed ice, which led me to think that the problem was in the dispenser actuator rather than in the water solenoid or fountain switch control board. To inspect the actuator mechanism, I shut off power to the refrigerator, removed the escutcheon mounting screws, the escutcheon, the cable from the fountain switch control board, and finally the fountain bracket assembly. There was a small amount of hard water scale on the back of the actuator pad, but no groove in the plastic part of the pad that actuates the switch. I replaced the pad and switch (1 screw) and reassembled the dispenser. The dispenser no longer sticks and shuts off normally.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Ice and Water Dispenser Actuator Pad

Part Number: PS2059378

In Stock

Limit Switch - 2 Terminal

Part Number: PS2060868

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