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Re: water dispenser will cycle and dispense water
HI. These symptoms are a strong indication of a malfunctioning activation switch. This switch is part of the dispenser circuit board. Try to reset the board by unplugging the unit for 3 minutes. Once the three minutes have passed, simply plug the unit into the power socket, once more. If this erratic switch action persist, you will need to replace the dispenser board switch, or board.
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Make sure your water supply is turned on and you have water pressure to the refrigerator. There are two components that make a water dispenser work. Switch on the lever you push for water and a solenoid, usually in the back where the water line hooks up. The circuit may also tie into the door switch so you can't dispense water while the door is open. Find the solenoid on the back and have someone press the dispenser. You should be able to feel the solenoid activating when you put your hand on it when the dispenser is pushed. If that checks out ok then you have a water supply problem or the solenoid is bad (activated but not opening). If not, you need to check the circuit with a volt meter and see what switches are not closing.
Can I assume the ice and water are activated by two different switches? The ice switch activates the motor that dispenses ice. The water switch activates a solenoid that opens to dispense water. If you can, find the solenoid and make sure it's not stuck closed (tapping it with a screwdriver handles usually help persuade it a bit). I would tap the solenoid while pushing the water button. Listen for the solenoid to activate. If you can't activate the solenoid, find the switch and depress it with a small screwdriver. Usually, these switches are just simple little microswitches that need a little cleaning and coaxing
water line could be frozen in the door. You can disconnect the line under the
unit before it goes into the door at the bottom hinge. Push the dispenser
button and see if it comes out there. If it does leave the door open till it thaws. If that's not itdisconnect the line to the water dispenser at
the water inlet valve on the back where the water supply comes in and try the
dispenser. if you hear the valve work but water doesn't come out, the valve is
bad. If you don't hear the valve, the dispenser switch is bad.
here is link to your owners manual subzero.com
and here are instructions for using the lock feature..
LOCKFor Models 685 and 695, the lock feature isused to prevent unintended ice and waterdispensing. When the dispenser is locked, allkey pads on the glasswell are deactivated toallow cleaning or to prevent small childrenfrom using the dispenser.To activate the lock feature, hold down theLIGHT key pad on the glasswell until the keypad lights flash once and the red LOCK icon isilluminated (approximately five seconds). Thelights will remain in the state they were inbefore the lock feature was activated.To deactivate the lock feature, hold down theLIGHT key pad until the key pad lights flashonce and the red LOCK icon is no longer illuminated(approximately five seconds). Thelights will remain in the state they were inbefore the lock feature was deactivated. Thanks Peyton
The problem is fixed. I think the drinking cup jarred the push bar activator, causing it to be stuck in the on position. After pushing this activator, it cleared the problem. Thanks for your follow up.
There is a relay on the soap dispenser, if it is a Kenmore quietguard 4, I had the same type of noise, the repairman replaced the dispenser, which to me made no sense, because the relay is activated from the control board. After the $130. for the soap dispenser, he ended up replacing the control board for another $160. Now the dishwasher only goes up to the dry cycle and stops. If you press the heated dry button and then the heated wash button 5 times each, the entire control face will light up and it will do some kind of reset and try a new cycle. I have tried the button pushing and it worked great till it got to the dry cycle, so I am looking for another solution without involving Sears. Good Luck!