Steve: Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today, we’re going to show you how to change a water dispenser inlet valve which are quite common for refrigerator repair in Queens, NY where it gets really cold and these things can break very easily. It’s a really easy job. All you need is a quarter-inch nut driver and a pair of slit-joint pliers. I’m going to show you how we do it.
Now to do this repair, we’ll need access to the back of the refrigerator so we’ll have to pull it far enough to disconnect the power and also turn off and disconnect the inlet water supply to the valve. Once we’ve done that, we’re going to remove a couple of screws on the back cover here, gives us a little better to the valve with quarter-inch hex-edge screws.
Now very carefully, tilt that panel all of the way and that will give us access to the two screws that secure the valve to the frame of the refrigerator. So we remove those. These screws are different. And then the ones used on the back cover, these are a machine-thread screw and make sure we don’t mix those up.
Then there’s bound to be some water in those waterlines so may need to have a rag handy to catch the excess water. Then you can pull the valve all through the opening far enough to disconnect the two wire harnesses. Now we just unthread the two connectors that hold those waterlines to the valve. And we can discard the old valve.
Check the condition of the tubing, make sure it’s not cracked or brittle. It’s all right, we can reuse that. We simply slide the tubing into the opening of the valve and carefully thread the coupling nut tight. We can go just a little tweak with the pliers, not too tight and make sure that it’s not binding that tubing, not so it won’t fit in properly.
Now we can reconnect the wire harness to the valve in the two-different sized terminals on that valve: each quarter-inch and 316 so you can’t mix them up. Then we’ll mount the valves back to the side of the refrigerator, make sure we don’t pinch any of the wires or the tubing.
Make sure those are nice and snug. Now we can remove the protective cover to the inlet of the valve. And we’ll carefully fold that back panel back into position and reinstall the screws on it. Then we’ll reconnect the water supply to it, turn it on, reconnect the power, then our repair’s complete.
Told you it was an easy job. Thanks for watching and good luck with your repair.