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PartSelect Number PS304365
This part has one port and 2 solenoids and comes with a mounting bracket. The water valve is a solenoid-operated switch located at the bottom of the refrigerator. When it is energized by electrical power, water is released from the supply line through the water valve and into the compact icemaker mold.
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Removed black cardboard covering on back of refrig with nut driver (6 screws), turned off water supply to pump, removed cooper waterline to pump with adjustable wrench, removed 1 screw holding pump to refrigerator, removed plastic waterline from pump by turning hose counter clockwise. Inserter plastic water line in new pump by screwing line in clockwise, pushed orange plastic stop around waterline into pump, connected cooper water line to pump first wrapping threads on pump with teflon plumbers tape, reinstalled pump to refrig and cardboard back on refrig with 6 screws. One side note:.This is the second pump which has burst at the blue plastic seam in seven years.
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This is a side-by-side frige with water and ice dispenser in the left freezer door. I first checked for possible water line freezing in the freezer door or in the water chiller area (behind the vegetable drawers) as described in e-articles I had read, but this did not appear to be the problem. I found two solenoid valve pairs; one that routes dispenser or ice-maker water to the filter and the other that routes the water to the end device. I ran a couple of tests on the solenoid valves and found that the first inlet valve that sends water to the filter did not work, but the second valve that relays the water to the dispenser was still working. By temorarily connecting the wiring for the dispenser solenoid to the functioning ice-maker solenoid, I confirmed that the wiring and switch were working properly and that the problem must be the solenoid itself (it also still hummed when the dispenser button was pressed). The entire quad solenoid valve assembly can be pulled out after removing the one hex-screw on the back of the frige (the assembly is all held together with a bracket). I disconnected the wiring connector to the solenoid valves. I disconnected the plastic water tubing by pushing it toward the fitting and then depressing the tubing inlet ring to release the tubing. I removed the two screws holding the solenoid valve and replaced it.
I had noticed water on the front left of the fridge on the floor.I thought it was the drain in the freezer so i poured hot water with baking soda into the drain but it didn't help..I pulled the fridge out and saw water dripping from the water valve solenoid.I searched the web for parts and found Parts select.com.I found the part quickly and they had pictures from all angles to assure me that it was the exact part which was great.The transaction on line was simple and the part came the next day.I will definitly use this sight again
The leak was obvious and I took out the cardboard backing. I closed the valve (water supply) to the water dispenser and ice maker. With the screw drivers and socket set, I was able to take out the old valve and disconnect the hoses. Since the part was identical to the leaky valve it was just a matter of reversing the steps. I had previously researched on the web to find the identical part and found a match at Partselect.com. I wish all my repair attempts turn out to be this easy. I wish GE had used better parts since this incident has set me back by several thousand dollars due to the water damage to the wooden floors, basement ceiling and walls.
pull out the fridge from the wall, be careful not to kink the water line. Shut off the water, remove the 6 screws that attach the metal panel to the bottom of the fridge. Remove the water line from the water valve using a wrench, unplug the fridge from the wall, then remove the 2 electrical connectors that attach to the water valve (be sure to mark or mental note which one is which), then remove the plastic outboud water supply line (the one that supplies the fridge) by grabbing with your hand and wiggling out. On my fridge the water line was orange, it's just a plastic clip that automatically seals the line in the valve but you can remove it by firmly grabbing, twist and pull (don't use pliars or you might damage the water line). Remove the value from the fridge by removing the screw that attaches it to the fridge. Install the new valve by following the reverse order.Before you put the back panel back on the fridge, I highly recommend you vaccuum as much link and junk as you can, all that mess causes loss of air flow, which causes escessive heat and will shorten the life of your compressor and other parts.10 minutes max, and a heck of a lot cheaper than a rip off repair man that will do it about 50% correctly becasue they don't give a rip if the repair lasts past their getting out the door with your money.
Unplugged frig. Turned off water supply to pump. Removed black cardboard covering on back of frig with nut driver (6 screws).Took digital photo of assembly to confirm reassembly position.Removed copper waterline to pump with adjustable wrench. Removed 1 screw holding pump assembly to refrigerator. Pulled assembly out of the frig. Unscrewed two small black screws on a second bracket. Pulled old pump further out of frig. Unplugged two connectors. Removed plastic waterline from pump by turning hose counter-clockwise and gently pulling.Inserted plastic water line into new pump by turning line in clockwise and it pushing into orange plastic stop. Reconnected two electrical connectors. Reconnected bracket to pump with two small black screws. Gently pushed assembly back into the frig and reconnected pump assembly to the frig with 1 screw. Reconnected copper water line to pump first wrapping threads on pump with Teflon plumbers tape.Turned on water to check for leaks. Installed cardboard back on frig with 6 screws. Plugged in frig.NOTE. My new pump assembly had the electrical connectors reversed. Take care to pair up the correct colored connectors.
First I removed the screws, and the covering at the bottom rear of the GE Fridge. I then removed the existing water valve which was the source of water leak, it was all corroded with the leak at the valve joints, so I knew the water valve needed to be replaced. The water valve I received from PartSelect fitted in perfectly, once I had removed the old valve. All I needed was couple of screw drivers for the replacement. I would like to thank PartSelect for making this easy and saving me lots of money & time by not going for outside professional help.
valve was very easy to change... less than fifteen minutes. in the process i discovered that the plastic tubes were brittle and it took near 5 hours to replace them (including 2 trips to the depot for parts). Still a huge saving over the alternative
After changing the water filter to eliminate that, I did some research and determined it was probably a water valve. As this unit has a primary and secondary, and the secondary feeds the door (after receiving water from the primary) I mistakenly replaced the secondary. It was the primary water valve which was trickling enough water to keep the icemaker happy but not enough to drive the water on the door. In the future, I will do a test with a spare piece of water line which I ultimately did to figure this one out.
replaced water valve for 50 dollars, saved about 200 dollars by doing it myself
Shut off water supply to refrigerator. Unplugged electrical supply. Removed waterline from valve and valve from refrigerator. Disconnected electrical connections to valve. Disconnected water supply from valve to refrigerator. Repeated the process in reverse order using the replacement valve. Checked water in refrigerator door for proper operation and monitored area around valve for leaks before rolling refrigerator back into cabinet space.
Unplugged refrigerator.Disconnected inlet water line.Disconnected outlet from leaking valve.Unplugged electrical connections.Reversed with the new part.Plugged it back and there were no more leaks.
After trying to reconnect a flexible hose to the water valve several times I stripped the connection to the water valve, causing it to have a slow leak. Twice I tried to have an appliance parts store order the part without success. (I even brought them the part from the refrigerator to show them how it looked. ) they ordered the wrong part two times and then said they could not figure out what part I needed.Finally my wife and I went on line, keyed in the model number and searched for parts of the refrigerator related to the ice maker. We saw the correct part and ordered it ourselves. It was a success. I changed the part within 30 minutes and the ice maker has been working ever since. I would search and find a part on my own again before trusting someone who supposedly sold parts as their business.
Turn off water to the refrigerator and unplug from wall outlet remove the defective inlet valve replace with new inlet valve. Now is a great to clean use a air compressor and vacuum and your old crusty frige will be good as new ! Special thanks to Parts Select fast shipping and original ge parts!!
Isolated water line. Remove water valve from harness. Disconnect water connections. Disconnect electrical connections. Removed valve. Installed new part. Reconnected water connections and electrical connections. Opened water line.
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