Water dispenser is spraying water from behind the paddle instead of the opening
It looks like the hose has popped out of alignment. I have pused from the bottom under the front grill but cannot get it back into the opening. Is there a way to remove the plastic cover. I cannot see any screws and don't want to pry in fear of cracking the cover.
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An overheated solenoid will only affect the ice dispenser not the water section so we can rule that out. I would render a guess that the dispenser paddle is broken or melted. This would prevent the microswitch from making contact with the paddle. Replacing the paddle should fix the issue but you will have to verify.
I assume you have a GE fridge based on the frozen water line issue. Instead of heating the area with a hair dryer i have had great luck with this little trick. Purchase a container of "zoom spout oiler" which can be found on amazon. Empty the oil into a suitable container and flush the residual oil out with water. Next time it freezes fill the zoom spout oiler with hot water and extend the nozzle inside the frozen line and squeeze. I also disconnect the water line behind the kickplate under the freezer. Lock the dispenser so you don't accidentally pour water on your floor. Put a towel on the floor and when you clear the blockage at the dispenser water will flow onto the towel. Hope this helps you with your fridge!
Make sure the water tube didn't get popped up into the upper section, or pushed back, out of the groove (If it dispenses water by spraying it towards the paddle wall, then it's knocked out of the groove and can pulled forward until it clicks into the groove, again).
First photo shows paddle assembly that can be purchased you need to got to Sears web site to find part # other wise you will have to buy the whole circuit board assembly hundreds more than the paddle assembly. The circuit board and paddle assembly is removed buy removing screw on inside of door and pulling it out be careful it seems strange but it just pops out. The paddle assembly slides on to the circuit board assembly look close and take your time to slide it off I thought I was going to break mine but did not and save me big money.
Second photo shows tab for water dispensing still there.
Third photo show ice dispensing tab broken and missing.
If you leave the assembly plugged in press the micro switch for the ice dispenser and see if it works most likely the tab has broken and is what hits the switch telling the door to open and ice dispensing screw to push ice to the door. Hope this helps
Well changing the dispenser would have no effect on your issue. Open the door and look up into the ice chute. You should see where the water comes out. Sometimes hard water deposits at the end of the nozzle will make the water spray out I the wrong direction
you need to remove the toe kick panel grille below the front doors on the refrigerator behind this grille there is a connector and it can come loose,also possibly the water valve in the lower rear behind the back panel can leak,have a helper press the door paddle for water and check all these areas for leaks,if it leaks from the door stem where the water line goes up the door to the dispenser,then you will need to pull new hose up to the dispenser from the collar mentioned at first,some refrigerators can not have new hose installed due to the door has been foamed internally at the factory and cant be dis-assembled,then you would need a new door with the hose installed
I removed the control panel (2 tabs under the front edge) removed the 4 screws holding on the paddle assembly and removed the assembly. The disk is glued on the back( I used super glue). If it happens in the future I would try to glue it on without removing everything. If you use a mirror you can see the detent where the disk mounts to the paddle and glue it back on. The disks function is to push on the switch that is located behind a gray rubber panel behind the paddle.
Either the paddle for the ice/water dispenser is stuck or you have a bad microswitch behind the dispenser.
To stop the ice/water from dispensing open the freezer door and press or hold the child lock button down. Once the unit is in child lock mode you can shut the door without energizing the dispenser.
Another option is to remove the upper freezer door hinge cover and disconnect the wire connector up there. This will remove voltage from the dispenser as well. Then either replace the paddle or switch. Sometimes the paddles/switches will get stuck because of splash up from ice dropping in sugary drinks.