The old Solenoid was rusted and made a loud noise, also kept the trap door open.

ApplianceHotpoint Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Kevin From West Palm Beach, FL

Feb 12, 2008

17 out of 20 people found this instruction helpful

First I removed the face plate by lightly prying . Once removed noticed 4 screws. Removing the screws allows you to gain access to the two plugs, one for the solenoid and the other for the switch that energizes the solenoid . Unplug the connectors and carefully lower the piece enough to reach the 3 screws that hold the solenoid in place. The 4th screw in the center at the bottom of the solenoid is the ground wire. If it is rusted like mine was just re-attatch it to one of the solenoids holding screw. It must be grounded!
Just re-assemble, just dont forget to replug the connectors. Also a little hint, If you open the freezer door a little you wont trigger the solenoid.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Dispenser Door Solenoid Kit

Part Number: PS304961

In Stock