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  • dheg Oct 27, 2008

    Any instructions on how to put it in? This is the 2nd time I've had to have this replaced in 18 months and don't want to pay someone to come out if I don't have to.


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Order the new part and put it in.

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  2. Remove the drip tray (Key 23 in the image below) from the bottom of the dispenser.
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  4. Pull to dispenser module cover up to release the top clips and remove this cover and set it aside.
  5. Remove the screws (Key 17) that are on each side of the dispenser module (Key 8).
  6. Carefully pull the dispenser module out slightly from the door. It will have wires attached. Pay attention to how the water tube and the ice door assembly are positioned. Pull this module out far enough to remove and replace your water actuator (Key 24).
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