How do I clean the water line on my side by side? Normally I would say bleach and water to clean the container that holds the water for the water thru door feature, but I'm not sure how the heck to get the bleach into the line. Should the water line hose be replaced as frig ages?
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"IF" the unit worked before the filter change you have to check a few things. First I want you to run a few cups of water from the in door water dispenser to make sure that all the air is out of the line and out of the filter. IF you encounter any sputtering in doing this it means that the air is coming out of the system. Keep it up until the sputtering stops then let it make ice until the cubes come out. Most of the time the air in the filter takes a few days to process thru the system and start filling the ice tray.
Second if the water comes thru ok without sputtering after five cups then check where the water goes into the back of the freezer compartment. disconnect the fitting and check for ice at that point. if ice get a pan of hot water and dip that end into it to melt the ice in the tube and then afterwards, reinstall it in the back of the fridge and make some ice. You can verify that it is not a valve problem by putting the tube end in a plastic container and letting the ice maker go thru a cycle or two. water should come out and be in the container in the amount of water it takes to fill the ice maker tray.
Third, is the check process of item two. Verify if water comes thru the tubing to fill the ice maker, If not, turn off the water valve supplying the fridge and check for grit in the line clogging the opening in the valve. if grit is present clean it as best you can. IF you have the proper tools and knowledge you can back flush the valve and remove the grit blocking the valve..
This should clear the line and verify proper working of the water control valve and filter. If at any point you have a failure in the checking process it should point you to the failure rather easily. If you suspect it is the valve verify from the label on it the operating voltage and IF, AND ONLY IF, you have a knowledge of electricity and test procedures test the valve with the proper voltage applied. IF you do not understand electricity, do not do it. you might injure yourself or worse.
if this box is a 2001 or newer it has a filter in water line. if this is it take filter and bypass that whole filter. also these boxs have main control located back of box and all fuctions go thru this board. If older than 2001 check icemaker were plugs in. You can force ejectors to make the ice maker run. cycle icemaker check for power at water valve. The ice maker valve is the small line
It is a good idea to clean the
ice dispenser and ice container if the ice dispenser sticks or before
contacting an experiencing technician to assist further.
1.First, stop ice
production by lifting the wire signal arm to the "up" or OFF position
(side-mounted) or the ice maker's On/Off power switch turned Off-set to the "O"
container by lifting up and out. Empty and carefully clean the container with
mild detergent. Rinse with clear water. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners.
Allow ice container to dry completely before replacing in the freezer.
3.Remove ice chips
and clean the shelf and chute that supports the ice container.
Replace the ice container. Lower the wire signal
arm on the ice maker to the "down" or ON position (side-mounted) or
the ice maker's On/Off power switch is turned On-set to the "I" position.
(rear-mounted) and the ice maker will resume production.
I hope these troubleshooting tips help you in some small
There are two sides to a water control valve. The ice
maker side and the water dispenser side. So what I am saying is the problem
could be the ice maker side of the dual water control valve. Is there still old
ice in the ice maker? If not then pour tap water into ice maker. If after the
water freezes and then dumps the ice into the ice bin that will indicate a
defective water control valve, If ice maker does nothing but hold old shrinking
ice cubes this would mean you have a defective ice maker. Let me know your model
number and I will look up the part numbers. I will be here should you have questions, Thanks Sea Breeze
Problems with Ice Maker/Water Dispenser If you are not getting ice, make sure the water valve is open and the ice shutoff switch or arm is not in the "Off"
position. Inspect the ice ejector arm for blockage and remove any trapped ice with a plastic spoon. If you recently
emptied the ice container, remember that it takes your refrigerator up to 24 hours to produce ice.
Low water pressure is the major cause of problems with the water/ice door dispenser. Low water pressure can cause
inadequate water flow and small or hollow ice cubes. Check the water line for kinks that may interfere with water
flow and make sure the water valve is open. A dirty water filter can color the water and ice cubes, impede water
flow or cause water to have an off taste so remove, clean and replace it.
If water is leaking from the door dispenser, make sure the water glass remains under the spout until the water
shuts off completely. If you recently changed the water filter, air that was left in the line may cause water to
spurt from the dispenser. To flush the water line, let water run from the dispenser for approximately three minutes
or until you draw out 1.5 gallons of water. Try to find a container that will fit under the dispenser spout so you
do not have to start and stop to empty the container.
Remove the ice bucket/container from inside the freezer compartment. Examine underneath at the front of the container to see if ice cubes are lodged between the metal blades. If cubes are caught in this area, they will prevent ice from dropping into the glass/cup.
I would suspect the water supply to the refrigerator. After it has sat without use over night at least, turn the water off and open the fill line at the refrigerator and place it in a clean container. Turn the water on gently for a very short time then check what you have in the container. More then likely it will contain what you are saying is in the ice. If not then you need to thoroughly clean the freezer and ice maker, my preference is to use a mild soap and bleach solution. The bleach would kill any mold that may be present. Good Luck, Gilshultz
I had the same problem. There is air in the line therefore you need to dispense about 3 gallons of water from the dispenser and that should slove the problem. Also, take a clean soft cloth or paper iowel and wipe the ice make sensor (if you have one) and the reciever. There is one on each side of slightly below the ice maker. Should be a flashing or steady red light ....follow the flashing red light to the other side.
When an ice
maker is producing ice poorly--when it produces just a few cubes or
none, or when the cubes are too small--it's usually because of a
clogged water line or a defective water inlet valve.
check the water line attached to the back of the refrigerator for good
water flow. To do that, first turn off the water supply valve. Then
remove the water line from the back of the refrigerator. Next, place
the water line into a bucket and momentarily turn the water valve back
on to test the flow. If the flow is poor, you need to repair, clean, or
replace the tubing or the shut-off valve that supplies the water. If
the flow is good, you may have to replace the water inlet valve.