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Water dispenser I picked up a replacement part #4388152 which is the replacement tubing and spout for water through the door. I need some help as to how to replace the broken part. Where do I start?

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The lever on the outside water dispenser is broken, how can this be fixed?

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This is one heck of a job as you gotta disconnect all the tubes and wiring at the bottom and take off the freezer door.. Check owners manual on how to disassemble door as you would if you only had a 30" door opening on your house. then you need to take off or unscrew many screws to take off the door gasket then the rest should fall into place.

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Having this PM struggled with replacing the water tube in a Kitchen Aid/Whirlpool side by side, I would like to offer a useful reference from another site, See:

This link describes a technique for using the old tube to pull the new tube through from the top by fastening the two together with a screw. Don't worry about finding a special two-ended screw, just select a long sheet metal screw of the appropriate size and cut off the head.

I followed Friar, and don't agree with techman, with respect to my unit. It my experience removing the door is not required. In distinction to Friar, I was unable to thread a new tube through without the approach suggested in the link above. My experience is even with fastening the two tubes together, on a door that is "foamed in place" and not capable of disassembly, it is touch-and-go to get the tube pulled through without hanging up. I spent 90 minutes with successive tries. It was necessary to keep the fastening screw as short as possible so the tube could flex a bit at a couple locations in the channel. Also a little lubrication helped. My unit could also not withstand even a minimal growth in the OD of the tube, so the screw diameter is crucial.

Also some significant force was required (pull and push), so for me the joint must be robust. Fortunately, having the tube joint fail at one point was not catastrophic, since the old tube could be threaded though from the bottom without difficulty (but not the other direction as required!!) so they could be reattached for new attempts.

All in all - not so much fun, but I was certainly not going to replace the door.

Posted on Dec 01, 2007


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Pull out the old tube from the top as the spigot is cemented on. Feed the old tube up through the bottom. For some reason it goes up easier than down. Tape the two tubes together using wide packing tape. Pull down slowly on the old tube until new one comes out. I couldn't use the screw trick because of different ID of tubes.

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The tube is frozen in the door. I unhooked mine and used compressed air to melt it.

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This previous solution must be for an older model refrigerator. I've replaced this part in 5 minutes on my side by side without removing the door or unplugging electrical wires. 1- Pull off the vent grille at the bottom of the fridge. 2- At the lower left, disconnect the tube that is coming from the freezer door. 3- Push the LOCK button to prevent water from squirting you in the face. Remove the screw at the water spout. 4- Pull the water spout and the connected black hose out of the door. 5- Thread the new hose and spout through the door, then reconnect at top and bottom. Project DONE!

Posted on Sep 30, 2007

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    The spout on my regrigerator has broken twice in 6 years. The reason is that the 25 cent light bulb is baking the plastic of the $45 spout, which makes it brittle. A drinking glass bumps against the spout and it cracks.

    1- Remove the light bulb.
    2- Replace with a low heat LED light. Here's one I found, but have not used yet.
    3- Only turn on the light when guests are visiting.

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I need to access to the tube in the freezer door 'cause the water is freezzing (1 week) 3-4 cm (inches??) from the exit of the tube and I use hot water with a syringe back in the tube to "liquified" the water ..!!
So I must "open" the freeze door ... or is there a heating resistance around the tube which is "out" , explaining my problem?

Posted on Feb 04, 2008

I just completed solution #2 with ease!
I connected the new 1/4 inch plastic line to the old line with a 1/8 to 1/8 ID connector and just pulled it right through!
Piece of cake or did I just got lucky!! Highly reccommend this technique.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007

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SOURCE: tubing to water dispenser is broken

form where to where do you need to replace it?? you can get a roll of the tubing from a decent hardware store, and for the most part all lines run with in the machine are accessable from point to point, even within the freezer door itself should be run through a channel that you'll be able to pull a new line through

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you can do one of 3 things,if its still under warranty call for service,however if its not there is a heater element that installs in the water dispenser tube inside the door and wired to the dispenser circuit board at your expense of about $50.00 plus installation charge,or take a syringe and fill it with hot water and inject it up through the dispenser tube at the door spout till it melts the ice in the tube or use a handheld hair dryer VERY CAREFULLY so as not to melt the plastic tube and only melt the ice blockage,and live with it that way

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It could be the water valve side for the dispenser. So a couple of problems can be had with this description. 1. The electric solenoid for the valve is bad so it doesn't open the valve. 2.The valve itself could be bad so the solenoid opens it but nothing flows. 3. The water line could be frozen inside the door so no water flows. 4. The dispenser switch is bad or the plastic holder that holds the switch is bad so the switch fell out of its proper position. 5. The circuit board is bad.

Easy way to check is to pull out the fridge and take the water line off that valve by pressing down on the little ring around the line while pulling up on the line (tube thing). It should pull out easily(to reinsert just push the tubing back in without holding the little ring down, it goes in by itself and self-seals). With the tube out of the solenoid valve have someone operate the water dispenser lever and see if water shoots in your face ha ha. Read further if you're testing by yourself...

You can also do the same test from the front underside where the tubing has a coupling just under the door hinge area (so you can take the door off without cutting the tubing). Pull the lower skirt off the front of the refer and you should see the tubing and little coupling, it works the same, push down on the ring area and pull the tubing out. That way you don't have to move the fridge and can operate the dispenser lever yourself to see if water flows out the disconnected coupling. If water flows then the valve/switch/circuit board are working fine of course and your tubing is frozen at the door. You will need to defrost the tubing somehow, usually means a hairdryer blowing up into the dispenser area or turning off the whole refer and leaving the door open for a day.

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If you are comfortable with electrical troubleshooting using a multimeter you can check for 110 vac at the plugs when the switch is press also but that depends on your tools and skill level, etc.

See this link for a diagram of that door assy and the parts involved.

Typically I'd be suspicious of the valve itself being bad or the circuit board, next on the list is the switch, and last would be the frozen line.

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for now you could try forcing hot water in the tube from either end, but it is a watery mess. ((( Get lots of towls ))) This is the fast method.

of course leaving the freezer door open to defrost, but you of coures will need to move the food.

or you can try a hair dryer but this can be frustrating as you dont know where it if frozen. and you cant leave the hair dryer on any spot too long as it will damage the plastic.

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  • first remove dispenser cover: there are 2 slots on the very bottom of the cover insert flat tip screwdriver and carefully pry it off. then you should be able to disconnect a wiring harness and lay the cover to the side.
  • next move switch console out of your way: you will either have 2 screws or 2 thumb latches on either side. you may need someone to hold this out of your way for the following steps.
  • we need to disconnect the incoming water line down at the bottom hinge: remove kickplate and find the water line you should find a connector. while pushing the tube into the connect push down on the collar then pull the tube out of the connector.( you will most likely get a little bit of water when the tube pulls loose.
  • back at the dispenser: find where the tube comes out and remove any retaining screws, then gently pull the entire tube up and out of the door.
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