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Water/Ice Dispensers not working.

Thanks in advance for your help!
This refrigerator came with a house I bought, sans manual. The water and ice dispensers have never worked for me. Hear a click and then a hum, get a dribble then a drip. Supply definitely gets water (but at high enough pressure I don't know...) from a reverse osmosis system under sink about 15 feet away. Refrigerator has filter system of its own as well. Refrigerator has 4(!) solenoid valves for the water and ice, all measure about 350 ohms resistance across contacts. I'm confused by how this site handles product IDs, I think it would be #50692 here, but the model # is: 596.50692000

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  • Kyle Dec 19, 2007

    Thank you, a good suggestion, and something I could have added. Running the water dispenser with the filter off produces no water at the filter inlet/outlet opening in the fridge. Solenoid valves 1 & 2 are humming/buzzing while activating dispenser lever.

    I am guessing (even with the back covers off) at the routing for the water and ice dispensers, since much of the water tubing is hidden, and there are a lot of lines to trace. My guess is that the setup is as follows: inlet>>solenoid valves 1 & 2>>filter inside fridge>>solenoid valves 3 & 4>>dispenser feeds.

    My biggest questions are:
    1) Is there a minimum water pressure that must be applied at the inlet for the whole system to work?
    2) How do I test solenoid valves for proper operation?



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See if you have a filter in the ref it could be stopped up too

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