How to Change Refrigerator Water Valve ? This repair guide provides easy-to-follow instructions for replacing the water inlet valve on a refrigerator. The water valve controls the flow of water to the ice maker and water dispenser. If the water inlet valve fails, it will not open to allow water to flow, or it will allow water to flow continuously even if the refrigerator is unplugged. If the water inlet valve is defective, replace it with a manufacturer-approved refrigerator part.
Refrigerator Water Valve Replacement
How to Change Refrigerator Water Valve ? The water inlet valve is an electronically operated device that connects the household water supply to your fridge if you have an icemaker and/or water dispenser. This valve is usually located at the back of the fridge near the bottom. It supplies water to the dispenser and water the icemaker. The electronic part of the valve can become faulty over time, resulting in such problems as the water dispenser not working, water leaking from the bottom of the fridge or the icemaker not making any ice. Replacing a water inlet valve in a refrigerator is usually a simple process.
How to replace a defective water supply valve
- Unplug the refrigerator’s power cord.
- Shut off the water supply to the refrigerator.
- Pull the refrigerator away from the wall.
- Unthread the screws to remove the lower rear access panel. Be aware, you may need to detach the copper tubing or incoming water line from the inlet valve port before you can fully remove the panel.
- Detach the incoming water line from the water supply valve inlet port if you haven’t done so already.
- Unthread the screws to release the water supply valve mounting plate or bracket from the refrigerator frame.
- Disconnect the wire connecter or connecters from the solenoid terminals.
- If applicable, slide out any locking clips then depress the retaining rings to detach the outlet hose or hoses from the valve ports. Be prepared for some water to spill.
- If necessary, remove the old water supply valve from the mounting plate or bracket.
- Install the new water supply valve by aligning it on the mounting plate or bracket if necessary.
- Fully insert the hose or hoses into the outlet ports and, if required, slide in the locking clip or clips to secure.
- Connect the wire connecter or connecter to the solenoid terminals.
- Position the mounting plate or bracket on the refrigerator frame and thread the screws to secure.
- Realign the access panel and secure it with the screws.
- Attach the incoming water line to the valve’s inlet port. If the water is being supplied through copper tubing, hand-thread the tubing’s compression nut onto the inlet port then use a wrench to tighten. Avoid overtightening or you might damage the tubing.
- Move the refrigerator back against the wall.
- Turn the water supply back on.
- Plug the refrigerator’s power cord back in.
- Turn on the ice maker or run water through the dispenser to confirm the new supply valve is working properly and there are no leaks.