Replaced water dispenser actuator. Old one broke off.

ApplianceKenmore Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Joy From Corpus Christi, TX

Dec 03, 2012

This repair was relatively straight forward. I watched the PartSelect Youtube video and it was very helpful. (Titled "Refrigerator Repair - Replacing the Water Dispenser Actuator") My Refrigerator was slightly different than the video. In the video, the front panel was removed by taking out three screws at the bottom. Mine didn't have screws and was released by sliding a putty knife covered with tape (to prevent scratching)into the two little slots on the bottom to release the panel. Just pull gently and lift up. After that, the unit looked just like it did in the video. The project is relatively easy and only involves removing a few screws and retaining clips, removing the old part, installing the new part, and screwing it back together. The reason it was a bit difficult is that it is very difficult to get your fingers into such a small, tight space. It takes a bit of patience. It's also hard to see in there. I would recommend getting a floor lamp that you can shine into the area. Since I couldn't get my fingers into the area to hold and start the screws, I just used a piece of scotch tape to tape the head of the screw to the end of the screwdriver. Once I got it started, I pulled the tape off and tightened it down. It took about 30 minutes to complete.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Water Dispenser Actuator - White

Part Number: PS1526388

In Stock