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Water dispenses without pushing lever

I need to keep the water turned off from the faucet because the water dispenses without pushing in lever. The lever is not stuck in the in position. When I push the lever, it does not seem to have a problem going back and forth. I hear a click and the light turns on.

Some additional information about refrigerator: I kept the temperature to cold and the reseviour in the refrigerator was frozen for a coule of months. I thought the water dispenser had a problem. I adjusted the temperature until the water thawed in the dispenser but then it dispensed out of the door without pushing in lever.

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  • allstarpizza Jan 28, 2008

    Thank you for the suggestion. Do you know where I can view a diagram to take solinoid valve apart and clean?

  • Captain48 Apr 28, 2008

    water coming out of dispenser w/o being pushed had to turn water supply off. Kenmore model 106.57282790



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There is a solinoid valve that opens when you push the switch in. It has apparently failed and is leaking. Sometimes taking it apart and cleaning it will fix the problem.

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  • Timothy Smith Jan 29, 2008

    Most solinoid valves are held together by 4 screws. Take the coil off which is the large round outer piece with the two flat electrical connectors. Once this is off you will see a silver tube that looks like a mushroom held in place by 4 screws. Pay attention on how the spring and plunger are oriented. The plunger has a point on it that needs to be clean. Under this is a rubber seal with a small hole in the middle and 4 small holes in the outer fold. Make sure that it is all clean. Most appliance repair suppliers have a replacement kit for these which is inexpensive. To find it you will need to track it down. Find where the water line feed to. One will go to the ice maker, the other is for the indoor water. Both are probably underneath the fridge.



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