ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator
Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair1- 2 hours
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
In early July 2012 we noticed our fridge water dispenser was not working. I decided to ignore the problem and hope it fixed itself. It didn’t and two weeks later I studied it again and heard water running somewhere even though it wasn’t coming out of the dispenser. When I pulled the fridge out from the wall, there was water was all over the floor. After cleaning up the nasty mixture of dust and water, I took off the back panel and found that the semi-clear polyethylene tubing running from the valve to the base of the interior of the fridge had broken. Upon closer inspection, the tubing was discolored and very brittle. This was likely due to the tight bend radius and close proximity to the compressor.
I did some research and found a water reservoir replacement kit (part number PS291933) on this website (www.partselect.com). In order to get to the reservoir, I had to remove the 2nd and 3rd shelf from the bottom of the fridge. Replacement was not difficult but it was slow and it took close to two hours to complete. I took several pictures to make sure I remembered how everything was configured. Here are the steps I took:
1) Remove bottom vent screen. This is held on by two small screws on each end and some metal brackets that can be pulled off with minimal force.
2) Disconnect the water line going to the dispenser. This can be accessed after the vent screen is removed. To disconnect the water line, press in the white ring on the blue connector and at the same time, pull the tube out. A fair amount of water came out when I did this.
3) Disconnect the water line going to the reservoir. This can be accessed after the panel on the back of the fridge is removed. To disconnect the water line, press in the white ring on the blue connector and at the same time, pull the tube out.
4) Remove the 2nd and 3rd drawers and divider from the bottom of the fridge. The water reservoir is behind them.
5) Unscrew the two screws holding the reservoir in and slowly pull the tubes out. Before doing this, either take a picture or make special note which tube goes down which hole and where they both end up.
6) Remove the insulation from the old reservoir and put it on the new reservoir.
7) Insert the tubes from the new reservoir in the two holes and slowly guide them in. The long tube is a little tricky because you will need to guide it through a divider beneath the fridge to get to the connector.
8) Once the tubes are all the way in, connect the new reservoir by screwing in the two brackets.
9) Replace the two drawers and divider you removed. You can close the fridge door at this point.
10) Connect the short tube to the connector on the valve.
11) Connect the long tube to the connector leading to the water dispenser. This tube was too long and I ended up having to cut some off. If you cut the tube, be sure and cut as evenly as possible to prevent leaks.
12) Run a bunch of water through the water dispenser and check for any leaks.
13) Replace the rear fridge panel.
14) Replace the bottom vent screen.
When I replace the bottom vent screen I noticed the tubing connection started leaking. I took the screen off and pressed the connector and tubing together as hard as I could. This apparently helped because I didn’t notice anymore leaking.