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PartSelect Number PS1526418
Once a glass is pressed against the actuator pad it will cause the dispenser to deliver ice or water when activated.
This part works with the following brands: Frigidaire, Gibson, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Tappan & White-Westinghouse.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
My son and I did it together. I was able to copy and paste the parts diagram on your website and we were able to go step by step following that diagram.We first shut the power to the refrigerator.We then removed the tray and the pad with buttons on the exterior of the fridge. We then unsnapped the electrical plug and were able to tilt the casing that holds the actuator. We removed the old one, and snapped the new one into place.We plugged it in and then proceeded to replace everything. Voila....we now have water again, all for the price of the part...Great!!!
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I read everyone's comments. the job went well. Note two needle nose pilers helps. I pulled the power plug and shut off the water prior to starting. You do not have to open the doors so no problem on getting too hot inside the refrig. I feel that most of the prior comments made the job a snap.......Thanks
First I was surprised how fast the part arrived. I expected to wait a week-it seemed like it came the next day!I began by reading some of the other 34 customer stories and was fore-warned about the perils of disconnecting the water tube-but I had problems before I got to the dreaded water tube.Since the front finish on the refrigerator door is brushed stainless, I was paranoid about scratching it!I carefully removed the frame around the water/ice dispenser by inserting a thin bladed screwdriver and it popped off exposing 3 bottom screws holding the plastic dispenser. The first two screws came out with a lot of applied torque with the driver.The third one-nearest the handle-was badly corroded. It would not budge-the phillips bit damaged the head. So I tried cutting a straight slot with a hack saw. This was complicated by the position of the handle which prevents direct access to the screw head.Sooo, I had to remove the handle. Note the handle has two parts. bottom and top. The bottom must be removed first by applying pressure downward and out-a screwdriver inserted under the edge helps.Now I have duct tape all over the door to prevent damage from my exertions. My shoulders and forarms are aching and it is late-so I go to bed.The next day I go to the local hardware store and buy the smallest screw extractor they had and two 5/64" drill bits. I insert the drill and crank up the power driver and insert the extractor. I am feeling good. Progress is being made. I try reversing the extractor-nothing happens-it will not turn!!!I am now totally frustrated!! I power up the carbide drill bits and attack the remaining portion of the firmly embedded screw. I manage to break the head partially off and twist the remainder off with the needle nose pliers.Now I can remove the cover. But part of the screw remains-more on this later when I put the cover back.The push button panel is held on with 4 screws and I remove it but do not disconnect it but tape it out of the way with duct tape.As I am disconnecting the electric module(I did disconnect the power) the duct tape on the push button module drops and the paper wire strip breaks-or so I thought. Upon closer examination I find it merely has disconnected and can be put back.I now have access to the small plastic connector on the broken part but have to remove the four push on connectors-all color coded-make a small diagram to get these back right. The toughest was a tiny connector to the ice actuator. I removed the two small screw holding the broken plastic part and with some adjustment managed to get the new part in place without removing the water tube.I replaced the push button panel and put the holder back. the two original screws go back but there is part of the final screw still on the opening-so I use a smaller self taping screw and it fits like a charm!!goo luck to those who try all this!!!
Key was removing the water filler tube from module Replaceing water acutor was a snap once away from the refrigeratorHint clean and coat water tube with Vaseline before inserting into module used a surgical clamp to pull tube through opening
Before starting, take time to read the stories and tips submitted. The stories were very helpful.What I did first was unnplug refrigerator.Then--.. Pry bottom plastic tray off with a firm tug. Remove the 3 screws, shift the cover up to get to the actuator. Disconnect the old actuator and unscrew the head screws holding it. You can also cut the wire to make it easier to dislodge it.Replace with new actuator being careful not to remove the waterline.My waterline came loose and I had to remove the bottom panel of the refrigerator and push the waterline up a bit to give slack and insert it in the dispenser
Just follow everyone else's instructions. I took off the fridge handle before I started to give me elbow room. You do have to take off the circuit board and pull out the unit behind it to get to the actuator screws. I didn't pull out the circuit ribbon, it seemed really stuck in there. But you need two people to do the job if you don't pull out the ribbon. Luckily I had enough play in the water hose that I didn't have to disconnect it. A little complicated, but we did it and saved money.
First I removed the spill tray that revealed the two screws that hold the outer cover on. I then removed the outer cover and placed it in between the door handles and the doors of the fridge to support it. By doing this I did not have to remove the ribbon cable that went from the control panel to the main unit (I heard to many stories of things not working once the ribbon cable was unplugged.) I removed the screws holding the unit in place and had my assistant (my 10 year old son) support the unit while I unplugged the connector and removed the water line. I moved the unit and cover and one piece over to the counter and replaced the water actuator using a screw driver and needle nose pliers for the electrical connector. I notice that the routing of the wires had to avoid any moving parts upon reassembly. Getting the body of the actuator into the gap where it hinged on the unit took a few tries. I then reversed the procedure to put it back in the fridge. The most difficult part was getting the water supply line back into the hole in the unit. Using a helper and a pair of needle nose pliers made it possible.
Ok, this was the second time I had to do this. Not a very reliable part in an otherwise reliable fridge. I learned the hard way about the water hose. The prior posted repair procedures are all good. The only thing I'd add is that if you remove the two small metal plates that hold the lever of the actuator, you can easily slide the actuator in and out from the back, which may be needed if you don't have enough clearance due to the hose.
first you have to remove the bottom tray of the water dispenser area. Not easy if its never been off. But both hands on the tray with thumbs on the doors, push down and pull towards you. Then take the three screws out that hold the water panel in place. Remove the water line from the panel by pulling up, may need pliers. Optional is, I decided to take the ribbon wire off of the back of the panel(ease the rest of the install), fairly simple but it has very small slide locks on each side of the ribbon connection, and then take the screws out of the small panel on the back. Once water panel is on the counter front side down, remove old paddle, install new one, and make sure the spring is behind the paddle arm. You may need someone to hold the water panel while you push the new paddle into place past the bump stops. Then reverse the process.... here is where the hemostats or long small needle nose are needed to pull the water line back down thru the water outlet. Then I put the small panel with its ribbon cable back in place and tested the lights before, putting in the final screws and bottom tray. Good luck:)
First removed water drip tray which concealed three screws. Removed the three screws, pulled on the bottom of the face plate(where the lights and buttons are) and pushed the face plate up. The plate comes off very easily, I then unplugged the wire harness with the multi-colored wires and also unplugged the flat harness. I then unscrewed the board(three visible screws) and removed the complete dispenser. Once the dispenser was out I disconnected the actuator switch,unscrewed the tabs that hold down the actuator and installed the new one in reverse order. The tough part is getting the hose where the water dispenses from back into the hole where it is mounted. A little tough but an overall easy job.
removed water tray then pushed up on face cover, three screws on bottom of frame allowed removal by tilting down and gently pulling unit out,being careful not to pull ribbon strip out of face plate. you then could see the two screws covering the acuator pivot pins, remove them and unplug actuator from board. install new actuator and plug it into the board you will then have to put the water supply line back in the frame hole which gave me the only difficulty take a few deep breaths and a little time and it can be done. push the frame into place replace the three screws then the face plate,water tray and finally plug the refrigerator back in. mission acomplished.
I essentially followed the tips from all of the others that did these repairs and took the best from each. For the actuator, it helped to remove the frame of the dispensor from the circuit board that had the ribbon cable attached to it. This way, I could let it dangle loose without the weight of the frame while I replaced the actuator. I did not have the option of a helper to hold the unit while I worked on it. Also, one of the tips about feeding the water line up thru the bottom of the freezer door for slack was very good. I did not need to remove the water line from the dispensing spout which some readers found it difficult to replace if removed. Instead of chewing gum, I had a telescoping magnetic pick up tool that I used to hold the screws and the bracket in place while I fastened the new actuator....but in a pinch, chewing gum will work also. Lastly, the tip about breaking the little positioning hub on the left side of the actuator mouning area was good. If you do not use a needle nose to break this little bump it becomes very difficult to maneuver the new piece into position without breaking the new one.For the water valve, it was just remove the old. Disconnect the water lines (of course with the water shut off and the refrig unplugged), remove the electrical connnectors and install the new one reversing the removal steps. The water connections are the newer slip on type, so you just need to follow the directions that came with the part and cut off the compression fitting ends of the tube and slip them in.PartSelect .com is great and their website with the hints and tips is fantastic.
We first removed all the screws to get access to the water acuator. We then needed to remove the upper electric panel to get to the acuator. After this we removed the piece completely including the water hose in order to access the piece. We ended up completely removing the panel from the refrigerator and worked from the kitchen table. We did not unplug the refrig or turn off the water- probably should be done. Unscrewed the2 screws to remove the broken piece. Becareful with the wires and make sure to remove the ones associated with the broken piece. Once all this was completed it was time to put everything back together again. We fed up more of the water hose from the bottom of the refrigerator. This will need to be done since there is not much slack when trying to put back in the water line. We then needed to reattach the panel concerning the lights for ice, water etc. Just then reattach and place screws.
unplugged rerig,shut off water supply.Removed 3 screws & trim cover installed new actuator. You definitly need an extra set off hands. My wife assisted with the install.Very tight spot .Biggest problem was reinstalling water tube.You defintley need to remove whole unit to install actuator.
My part arrived in less than 24 hrs. The repair was simple. I pulled the water line out of the nozzle for access and it took me awhile to figure out how to get it back in. The next time it would take less than 5min. I was very pleased with the quick delivery of the part. The price was also very competive. I probably saved over $100.00 in service calls.
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