Ice Maker Fill Tube Freezes Up

ApplianceWhirlpool Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Joseph From Jacksonville, FL

Jul 14, 2007

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After a bit of troubleshooting it became obvious that the fill tube was freezing shut because the dispenser valve was not fully closing between fills. It was allowing small drops of water to creep into the fill tube where they would freeze as they entered the freezer compartment eventually plugging the tube shut. The fix was to replace the valve which was conveniently located on the back of the refrigerator in the lower right corner (where you attached the water inlet line from the house). After unplugging the refrigerator and shutting off the water outlet valve (in the wall), a small crescent wrench easily removed the inlet water line from the valve on the refrigerator. I then had to remove about five or six screws which held the black (cardboard like) flap which covered the valve. This cardboard is part of the overall cover that encompasses the entire back of the refrigerator. Two sheet metal screws (which held the valve to the refigerator frame) were then removed and the valve was easily pulled from the frame about three inches. At that point four electical (plug like) connections (they're grouped in twos) were easily pulled off, and the two water lines which feed the ice maker and the drinking water dispenser were easily removed using a pair of pliers (and fingers). To install the new unit, the aforementioned process was reversed and the unit has worked (and fixed the problem) perfectly! The only problem I encountered was that I had a small leak where you attach the water line from the wall to the new valve. This was fixed with some plumbers tape.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Icemaker and Water Dispenser Dual Inlet Valve

Part Number: PS328747

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