Your water inlet valve is an essential part to your refrigerator’s ice maker machine.
This electric water valve for your general electric refrigerator may seem like a small and simple part, however it directly and greatly affects the water flow and therefore your refrigerator’s ice production.
If your water inlet valve is damaged or if it’s not doing its job, we have outlined the steps on how to locate and repair your water inlet valve. Before purchasing a water valve replacement, take a look at what we’ve provided
How do you Define Inlet Valve?
Before diving into the how-to’s of fixing your water inlet valve, it’s important know what a water inlet valve actually is.
The water inlet valve is the part that your refrigerator’s water line connects to. It controls the flow of cold water into the machine. A common problem that occurs with this valve is that it fails to allow proper water flow into your refrigerator door.
If you are not receiving water either to your ice maker or to your water dispenser, the problem may lie with the water inlet valve.
Common Water Inlet Valve Issues
A faulty refrigerator water inlet valve could be due to the valve being locked closed, refusing to open in order to provide water flow to the fridge. It could also be stuck open, resulting in constant water flow. If the water is constantly flowing even when the fridge is unplugged from the outlet, this means the water valve is stuck open, requiring a water valve replacement.
Once you have found that the issue with your refrigerator is due to a failed water valve, it’s time to replace it!
Step-By-Step Guide on How to Replace Your Water Inlet Valve
Tools required for a water inlet valve replacement are:
- A screwdriver
- Old towels
- Crescent wrench
- Plumbers tape
Note: there are many different types of water inlet valves. Check to see which types of inlet valve you’re working with in order to locate it better and purchase the correct new valve for your appliance.
Move the refrigerator away from the wall in order to access the back side of it.
Unplug the power chord from the wall or switch off the circuit breaker.
Turn off the refrigerator’s water supply. There will usually be a water supply valve behind the fridge, against the wall.
Locate the back panel of the refrigerator and remove it in order to access the water inlet valve. There are usually screws holding up this panel – remove any screws or bolts.
Place old towels on the floor and separate the water supply line and the old water valve apart from each other. The water line likely has a c-clip. In order to unlock this, push in and pull out simultaneously.
Unscrew any bolts or screws that are holding the valve to the fridge. Then, remove the wiring harness which attaches to the water valve – remove the old valve entirely.
Attach the new valve by placing it in the same position as the old valve and screw the bolts or screws to hold it in place.
Turn on the water supply so that it is fully opened. This is to check if the water line which is connected to the valve leaks. Is there is a leakage, tighten the nut.
Plug in the refrigerator or flip on the electrical breaker. Once power is restored, test the water dispenser to make sure it’s working. For ice cubes, give the machine some time to create them.
Now that you have a new water inlet valve replacement, you can enjoy the benefits of having running, purified water and at-home ice cubes all day!
Water Inlet Valve: Conclusions
Remember, only replace your water inlet valve if you are sure it is broken. You can check to see if the issue is fixable, rather than needing replacement by following these steps.
If you are new to the DIY project world, or if you are simply new to at-home appliance repairs, a final suggestion is to make sure you observe your appliance before jumping onto the internet to purchase new parts or take hours out of your day searching for diagnoses.
Getting to know your appliance – as strange as it sounds – is the first step to performing a successful and stress-free DIY repair.
Take each issue and malfunction as a gift – you’re getting to learn about your home appliances bit by but in order to become a more efficient and self-reliant home owner. There are a lot of expenses in daily life – at-home technical or mechanical repairs doesn’t have to be one of them.
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