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Water Dispenser Problems

My refrigerator is only two years old, and the water dispenser/ice maker system is acting very strange. My refrigerator has one of those metered water dispensers that tells you exactly how many ounces are being dispensed. It worked fine until yesterday, now if it says it dispensed 8 ounces, it really dispensed 4 ounces, and the other 4 ounces seem to go into the ice maker fill tray. This causes the ice maker to overflow and water leaks all over the inside of the freezer. The opposite is also true, when the ice maker fills water also comes out of the water dispenser.

I visually checked the water pressure in the water line and it looks good. I tested the dual water valve and got 260 ohms on the leads to both solenoids (the water dispenser and the ice maker). I then had my wife push the water dispenser paddle and I tested the voltage. Interstingly enough, I got 120 volts across the water dispenser contacts and 86 volts accross the ice maker contacts. Since the ice maker was not supposed to be filling at this time, shouldn't I have read 0 volts instead of 86? I read on your board that someone had a similar problem and it was a diode in the wiring harness. Do you think I have the same problem? What parts would I need to fix it and could I fix it myself?


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SOURCE: Ice Maker Overflowing

i would recommend changing the water valves as they may be sticking or leaking now you can take the icemaker loose get a small baby bottle short the terminals to cycle water fill catch it with the bottle and see how much water it dumps should be about 4 ounces if the valve leaks will over fill the ice maker over a period of time say the valve is leaking a few drops at a time and the bail arm has the icemaker shut off because its touching ice in the bin but the water just keeps dripping down the fill tube till it runs over did you replace the whole icemaker or just the motor module

Posted on Jan 02, 2008

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SOURCE: frigidaire water leaks

I suspect that when the water valve was replaced, that the plug's were reversed that provide the power to the valve. Exchange the two plugs on the water valve and you may find the problem is fixed.

Posted on May 26, 2008

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SOURCE: Water dispenser stopped working.

if your ice maker works fine then its going to be your solinoid valve thats bad oin the dispenser.

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Ice maker won't fill with water

replace selenoid valve

Posted on Aug 20, 2009

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SOURCE: Fridgedair R134a ice maker water wont fill.

Your icemaker send the voltage to the water valve as it cycles through its ice drop. Pull your icemaker out, and test the wiring it was plugged into for continuity to the water valve, usually you will only have one colored wire that has continuity. Your white wire is usually your nuetral and as long as both wires are ok, then replace your icemaker or your icemaker module if it has one. You have a very good parts house on Oahu called Reliable Parts, Take your icemaker in if you live on Oahu, or call them with your parts number if you are on the Big Island. I worked on Oahu for 15 years. Good Luck Appliance Specialists

Posted on Dec 14, 2009

Testimonial: "Thanx very much I hoped it wasn't the whole ice maker, yet I kinda figured, but being on Oahu it's no biggy. Jeff."

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SOURCE: No water from the dispenser

You need to replace the dual solenoid one side is for the water the other is for the ice.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010

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