Question about Kenmore 44103 Side by Side Refrigerator
The lever on the outside water dispenser is broken, how can this be fixed?
Posted on Apr 08, 2009
This is one heck of a job as you gotta disconnect all the tubes and wiring at the bottom and take off the freezer door.. Check owners manual on how to disassemble door as you would if you only had a 30" door opening on your house. then you need to take off or unscrew many screws to take off the door gasket then the rest should fall into place.
Posted on Apr 06, 2006
Having this PM struggled with replacing the water tube in a Kitchen Aid/Whirlpool side by side, I would like to offer a useful reference from another site, See:
This link describes a technique for using the old tube to pull the new tube through from the top by fastening the two together with a screw. Don't worry about finding a special two-ended screw, just select a long sheet metal screw of the appropriate size and cut off the head.
I followed Friar, and don't agree with techman, with respect to my unit. It my experience removing the door is not required. In distinction to Friar, I was unable to thread a new tube through without the approach suggested in the link above. My experience is even with fastening the two tubes together, on a door that is "foamed in place" and not capable of disassembly, it is touch-and-go to get the tube pulled through without hanging up. I spent 90 minutes with successive tries. It was necessary to keep the fastening screw as short as possible so the tube could flex a bit at a couple locations in the channel. Also a little lubrication helped. My unit could also not withstand even a minimal growth in the OD of the tube, so the screw diameter is crucial.
Also some significant force was required (pull and push), so for me the joint must be robust. Fortunately, having the tube joint fail at one point was not catastrophic, since the old tube could be threaded though from the bottom without difficulty (but not the other direction as required!!) so they could be reattached for new attempts.
All in all - not so much fun, but I was certainly not going to replace the door.
Posted on Dec 01, 2007
Pull out the old tube from the top as the spigot is cemented on. Feed the old tube up through the bottom. For some reason it goes up easier than down. Tape the two tubes together using wide packing tape. Pull down slowly on the old tube until new one comes out. I couldn't use the screw trick because of different ID of tubes.
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
The tube is frozen in the door. I unhooked mine and used compressed air to melt it.
Posted on Jan 27, 2008
This previous solution must be for an older model refrigerator. I've replaced this part in 5 minutes on my side by side without removing the door or unplugging electrical wires. 1- Pull off the vent grille at the bottom of the fridge. 2- At the lower left, disconnect the tube that is coming from the freezer door. 3- Push the LOCK button to prevent water from squirting you in the face. Remove the screw at the water spout. 4- Pull the water spout and the connected black hose out of the door. 5- Thread the new hose and spout through the door, then reconnect at top and bottom. Project DONE!
Posted on Sep 30, 2007
I need to access to the tube in the freezer door 'cause the water is freezzing (1 week) 3-4 cm (inches??) from the exit of the tube and I use hot water with a syringe back in the tube to "liquified" the water ..!!
So I must "open" the freeze door ... or is there a heating resistance around the tube which is "out" , explaining my problem?
Posted on Feb 04, 2008
I just completed solution #2 with ease!
I connected the new 1/4 inch plastic line to the old line with a 1/8 to 1/8 ID connector and just pulled it right through!
Piece of cake or did I just got lucky!! Highly reccommend this technique.
Posted on Dec 12, 2007
form where to where do you need to replace it?? you can get a roll of the tubing from a decent hardware store, and for the most part all lines run with in the machine are accessable from point to point, even within the freezer door itself should be run through a channel that you'll be able to pull a new line through
Posted on Mar 01, 2008
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