Fridge water filter replaced now flows very, very slow
I just changed my filter in my Kenmore fridge. At first the water was flowing strong, then it sputtered and stopped. After holding it down for a few minutes it sputtered some more and started to slowly flow. Now it is a steady stream of VERY slow. Very small slow stream of water. Would take 30 minutes to fill a glass. Any suggestions?
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Hi .. first I would try and eliminate the filter as the problem. Remove the filter and try the water again. If the water flows strong, then the filter is the problem. If the water stills sputters and is low flow, then there is a partial blockage in the internal tubing , or a problem with the supply. If you roll the fridge out to get at the suppl. you could shut it off and disconnect the supply tube from the fridge, then turn the water on slowly to check the flow at the supply. If the flow is good there , then the blockage is internal.
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there is a small setting on the icemaker module, but it only makes a VERY small difference. you would want to fix the water supply issue though. the icemaker fills a ceartain amount of time, not to a level, so if you increase the time, it is still filling so slow that it won't make a big difference. 3 possibillities for slow water flow 1. flow coming into the fridge is too low- plumbing issue, likely at the water valve under your sink. 2. Water filter needs to be changed every year 3. Bad solenoid valve in the fridge. it is where the water enters the fridge.
3 possibilities. 1. Water pressure is low going into the fridge- the way to test this is turn the water off, remove the line from connection in the back of the fridge and put it in a bucket to see the flow. The water should be shooting out with good pressure. If it is not, then you have a plumbing issue, likely at the valve under your sink. 2. Water filter is clogged- If your model has a water filter, it should be changed every 6 months. 3. Bad water valve. The solenoid valve in the fridge, right at the back where the water connects could be going bad and not opening all the way.
My fridge was hooked up with a self tapping fridge line. I had two different plumbers/repairmen tell me that if the water flow ever slowed I should switch it to a dual line water shutoff, with one going to the sink and one going to the fridge. I did this and it more than solved my problem. The water now flows way quicker than ever.
Oh and I always had good water flow within the guidelines, as in filling a bucket with the line that goes into the fridge. It was a pretty easy fix that only involved one run to home depot. Make sure to note the size of the line that goes into your sink or even just take that hose with you.
Check to make sure the valve for the water supply is on fully - and not between the ON and OFF positions. If that is ok, the water supply line may have become restricted when the fridge was pushed into position the last time it was rolled out (for cleaning, etc.). The line may have become kinked (usually a copper line problem) or partially crushed (copper or plastic) under one of the fridge's rollers.
You should close the water valve before moving the fridge for inspection. Unplug the fridge. Disconnect the water line at the back of the fridge. Inspect the length of line for evidence of a crush or kink. Replace as needed. Test the flow of water into a larger container before reconnecting to fridge. If close to the fridge output, the valve and line to the fridge is suspect. Replace parts one at a time as needed until the problem is solved. If there is significantly more flow than when connected to the fridge, then the problem is somewhere in the fridge - but outside of the filter - there's little to change or go wrong for a "slow flow rate". It's usually an "all or nothing" deal inside the fridge.
Reassemble, turn water supply back on (check for leaks), plug into power, carefully roll fridge into position (watch the water line as long as possible to prevent crushing / kinking) and test.
Probably not due to the filter. Do you get a strong, steady stream of water from the dispenser? If not you need to look at the saddle valve, which is where the refrigerator gets water from the house's plumbing. Try screwing the saddle valve in as tight as you can then opening it up all the way. If that dosen't improve water flow you may need to call a plumber.
If you have a good strong stream of water to the fridge something may be wrong with the icemaker itself. It could also be the water valve on the fridge. Your best bet would be to call a professional.
the dispenser tank is frozen. it sits behind the crisper drawers and can get too cold. try to clean the coils under the unit first then also make sure you have the controls set to their mid point. give it a day or two and it should flow again. p.s. if its making ice, then the filter is not the problem. all water has to go thru the filter first.
If your fridge has a water filter, you should change it every 3 months. An old filter can cause slow flow problems.
But it will never come out as fast as the kitchen sink. Depending on the location of your fridge, you have 10 to 25 feet of 1/4" pipe between your water glass and the high-flow plumbing, and water just won't move very fast through that.
Just a suggestion, you could try installing a filter on the water supply line to the fridge. A nice one should dramatically lessen the frequency of replacing the one in the fridge. As for your the pressure being low, look for a kink or pinch in the water supply line.
dadcanfix. There are two possibilities here. One could be the water valve itself, clogged or not seating or opening properly. The second would be the water tank on the refrigerator side, partially frozen. I believe they have a kit now with coiled tubing that replaces that tank because of the trouble they had with it. Remove the refer drawers and take a hair dryer and go over the tank lightly. See if that improves the water flow. Catriver..post back.