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Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve
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PartSelect Number PS3497634
Manufacturer Part Number W10408179
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Water Inlet Valve Specifications

The water inlet valve (Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve Kit) provides water for the ice maker and water dispenser. This part is located at the back of the refrigerator, and connects to the water supply. If your water inlet valve is malfunctioning, you could be getting a lack of water to the inside of your refrigerator. Your ice maker may not produce cubes or your water dispenser may not work. This breakage can occur from material fatigue or normal use, and is a sign the part should be replaced soon. The water inlet valve must be replaced if the solenoids no longer have continuity or the valve has internal blockage. The part measures approximately 6.5 inches long and 3 inches wide and is constructed of plastic and metal. It comes in blue/green/red.
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Difficulty: Easy | Tools Required: Nutdriver,Screw drivers
Repair Tip: This valve has been updated by the manufacturer and no longer includes the removable pre-filter bracket connector. The connector must be ordered separately.

Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve

Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Inlet Valve

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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Leaking | Ice maker not making ice | Not dispensing water | Ice maker won’t dispense ice
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Maytag.
Part# W10408179 replaces these:
AP5263471, 1938614, W10408179, 2186486, 2188622, 2188708, 2188746, 2205762, 2255457, 2304757, 2304833, 2315534, 4389177, W10408179VP
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water freezing and running out the bottom of freezer, ice maker not making ice
Whirlpool SbyS refrigerator ED5FHEXNS02 . I had two problems with the freezer. The drain at the bottom of the freezer kept freezing, eventually leading to water running out the bottom; evap fin kept freezing up as well. The ice maker chute kept freezing up resulting in no ice being made. The online QA was very helpful. I ordered both a Water Inlet Valve and Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat. Both a cinch to install if you have some basic mechanical skills. The instruction videos was all you need. I was able to guess what the connector was for that came with the Water Inlet Valve kit, but you may want to add an explanation as to what that is for. Since the repairs were only made in the last 2 weeks only time will tell if the problems are fixed. I’ve ordered over the years from PartSelect and always the first place to go.
  • Keith from WASHINGTON, NJ
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Freezer failing to make ice cubes
The video is not realistic in showing the insertion of the tubes into the compression connections. There are o ring that the tubes must go into to seal the water line and prevent leakage. I had to place a cloth over line to make a forceful insertion into the valve and past the o ring. The plastic lines are slick and when wet they are hard to hold. It continued to leak and only after three times it stopped leaking. The white plastic connection is the real problem connection and it only leaks when the water is sent to the freezer. you can hear the opening and the little pump operating.
  • Eugene from CLINTON, LA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Socket set
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Not making ice
Shut off the water, removed old valve, installed new valve, turned water back on.
  • Curt from Somerton, AZ
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Drinking water dispenser was flowing very slowly.
I first replaced the housing holding the water filter because during my effort to diagnose the problem I couldn't get the friction fittings to seal back up and they kept leaking. I hoped that replacing the filter housing would affect the flow problem but it didn't. I then replaced the valve. The replacement part was a little different in design than the original part but wasn't too difficult to figure out. My guess is that the original valve has some kind of electric solenoid that wasn't opening all the way. New value solved the problem. No special tools or techniques were required. Just had to unplug water lines and electrical connectors and figure out the way to plug the new valve in.
Other Parts Used:
Cap, Water Filter (Black) Housing, Water Filter Meat Drawer Cover and Shelf Frame Water Inlet Valve
  • Mike from HUXLEY, IA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Wrench (Adjustable)
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NO WATER COMING IN TO ICEMAKER
JUST AS THE VIDEO ON YOUR WEB SHOWED
  • Blaine from LIMESTONE, TN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Dripping from water dispenser
Disconnected power; Removed cover; removed screws holding valve; took out valve; removed electrical connections; removed water hoses from valve; trimmed off hoses then reversed the procedure. It was that simple. LESS than 30 minutes.
  • Herbert from GRETNA, LA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Low water flow from refrigerator
Followed the instructions with the part.pretty simple and it fixed the problem.
  • Aiden from ELMHURST, NY
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Would not make ice
Pull refrigerator from wall shut water off to ice and water dispenser unplug refrigerator remove cardboard back remove water inlet valve reverse to install new valve had to take hair drier to thaw out water tube in freezer about twenty minutes before it started making ice
  • Peter from BREESPORT, NY
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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Ice maker had been overfilling and making icicles, then it quit makimg ice completely.
This site parts were almost exact duplicates for the original. No modifications were necessary. I watched the videos...and thank you parts select for having those! I am somewhat a bull in a china shop when it comes to working on items, as I have a heavy construction background, so sometimes I tend to get frustrated with plastic type parts and ending up breaking them. The videos showed exactly how to do it, so that prevented any frustration. After watching the videos, I replaced the ice maker, then replaced the inlet water valve. It was easy. While you have the cardboard back off the rear to the fridge, pull the bottom grill off the front and use a brush and vacuum cleaner or air compressor, if you happen to have one, to clean the coils. It was easy. I saved about $250 doing this myself. THANK YOU ! Regards, Jim
Other Parts Used:
Water Inlet Valve Ice Maker Assembly - 8 Cube
  • Joni R from AUSTIN, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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Water leaking from back of frig
Replaced water inlet valve for ice maker
Other Parts Used:
Tubing Connector Water Inlet Valve
  • Thomas from HAMBURG, NJ
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Wrench (Adjustable)
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Fred
August 12, 2017
I have water coming out water in door but not filling ice maker
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Hi Fred, Thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like you might want to test your water inlet valve with multi-meter to see if it is still functioning. There are two solenoids on that part. One for the ice maker and one for the water dispenser. Test both sides just to be sure. Good luck with your repair!

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Kathy
October 22, 2017
I emailed a few minutes ago about our ice maker not working. We have replaced the icemaker control assembly and the water inlet valve. Still no ice. I forgot to mention that next to the on/off switch for the ice maker, there is a red flashing light. I noticed that someone in their question said something about this light - but didn't explain what it means. Could the red flashing light tell us something about our ice maker not working? Thanks again! I really appreciate your service. Kathy
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Hi Kathy, Thank you for the question. The red light is for the Emitter and Receiver Boards. These boards tell the ice maker to fill and dump ice and when it is time to make more.To test the board you need to open the freezer door and look at the status LED on the right hand side. Make sure the ice maker control is turned “ON”. The status LED should blink twice, pause, and then repeat,blink blink…. pause, blink blink… pause.Next with the freezer door open, hold down the flapper door on the left side to unblock the optics beam. With the optics unblocked, the LED should light up and stay lit with no blinking. If the status LED continues to blink twice , then you have defective optic boards and they will need to be replaced.If there is no LED light on, then the ice maker could be in “harvest” mode. Hold down the freezer light switch, the status LED should flash every second while in harvest mode. If the LED light still does not flash, then the optic control boards will need to be replaced. Hope this helps!

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Butch
October 21, 2017
Water dispenser at the door keep dripping a small amount or water after being used icemaker work fine
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Hello Butch, thank you for contacting us. It is common over time for the water valve to become faulty and not be able to hold back the water pressure from the home causing some leaks, It may need to be replaced to fix the leak. Hope this helps!

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Keith
September 5, 2017
How do you check solenoids on water valve?
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Hello Keith, thank you for contacting us. There are two solenoids on the water valve. These solenoids are sometimes referred to as coils. There will be two wires attached to each solenoid. Be sure to label each of the wires so that you are able to properly reconnect them later. These wires are held in place with metal slip on connectors. Grasp firmly on each connector, one at a time, to disconnect the wire from the solenoid. Do not pull directly on the wire, pull from the metal connector. Set your multitester to the ohms resistance scale X 1. Place each of the meter's probes to one terminal. Because the reading can vary from brand to brand and from model to model, there is no one reading you should receive. However, if your test produces a reading of infinity, then the solenoid is bad and the water valve should be replaced.

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Jeffrey
August 23, 2017
What part needs to be replaced if the water supply line freezes due to excess water filling ice maker? Water supply valve?
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Hello Jeffrey, thank you for contacting us. It could be the water valve. There is also a solenoid in the ice maker that controls the flow of water to prevent overflowing. That could be causing the same issue. PS2341896 Hope this helps!

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Casey
April 2, 2018
Water dispenses slowly, low volume a's well as low rate of flow. Have replaced water inlet valve but it hasn't resolved the issue. Perhaps a defective replacement valve or could there be another part causing the issue? Ice maker functions properly without any problems and the rate of flow seems to be unrelated to the filter. Ideas?
For model number KitchenAid KSRX25FSST00
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Hello Casey, thank you for your question. The issue could be a defective valve, however it sounds like it may be an issue with the water filter. Have you changed the water filter lately? If not, it might be a good idea to replace that to see if the flow issues are fixed. If the filter has been replaced recently, try removing the filter and reinstalling it to be sure its locked in tight. If the water flow issue continues, i would recommend replacing the Water Dispenser Fitting and Tube Assembly Part Number: PS886371, the Water Dispenser Arm Part Number: WP2180268 as well as the Levers Retainer/Clip Part Number: WP2194719. I hope this helps!

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Andre
October 26, 2017
Ice maker stopped working after replacing the water filter. Water still works from the door, seems like no water is going to the ice maker. I can fill the ice maker by hand so i know the icemaker is working.
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Hi Andre, Thank you for your question. There could be an air pocket inside your water line after replacing the filter. If you can, turn off your ice maker and the back on again and see if that will help it push the air pocket out. You may also want to double check your water inlet valve as well. You have two solenoids on your appliance. One for your water and one for your ice maker. It could be that the solenoid for your ice maker has failed. You can test that with a multi meter. Good luck with your repair.

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Susan
August 21, 2017
My frig is no longer dispensing water in the door but the ice maker works. When i press the paddle i can hear a noise but no water comes out!
For model number 106.56692501
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Hi Susan, Thank you for your inquiry. If your refrigerator is not dispensing water, there are a few parts you will need to look at. The most common part that will fix the issue is the water inlet valve. Some other parts that you will have to look at as well are the water filter, the levers retainer/clip, the water filter housing, the water dispenser fitting and tube assembly, the strain relief, the filter inlet water tube, the ice door kit, the water filter cap, the water reservoir tubing, the ice dispenser door chute, and the water dispenser lever. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Jeff
October 11, 2017
Hello - my freezer is leaking water on the inside of the freezer and the water is pooling and refreezing under the bottom removable storage bin. Ice maker, ice dispenser and water dispenser all work fine and i can't see a leak as it is small. It takes a couple days for the bottom of the freezer to fill with water and refreeze. It fills up faster if i am making ice or running filtered water, so my guess is that it is leaking while the unit is calling for water. It doesn't appear to leak when ice/water are not being dispensed
For model number ED5VHGXMB10
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Hi Jeff, Thank you for your question. The most common parts that cause leaking inside of your freezer are your ice maker and water lines. I would suggest really taking a look at those parts. If it is not that it may be something that you have inside your freezer that is leaking. You could test your thermostat to see if it is working. Perhaps when your freezer is being defrosted, it defrosts too much? If you need more assistance, you may have to contact your manufacturer. Good luck with your repair.

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Tom
November 6, 2017
Refrig has upper and lower icemaker and water dispenser. Water dispenser works fine, lower ice maker works fine, but top ice maker no ice. Motor runs when dispenser depressed but doesn't sound like any water getting to icemaker. Does this model have a separate water valve for each ice maker or does one control all? If u think it is a faulty valve do u sell? Faulty ice maker do u sell? Thanks for your assistance.
For model number RF268ABWP
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Hi Tom, Thank you for the question. There is one valve with separate solenoids for each ice maker. The full valve will need to be replaced. PartSelect Number PS4175393.Hope this helps!

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This part works with the following models:
PartSelect Number: PS3497634
Manufacturer Part Number: W10408179
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