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The water dispenser lever on my electrolux side by side fridge broke off, can this be repaired

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  • 58pacer May 22, 2008

    The replacement will do the same thing...damned Frigidaire/Electrolux needs to redesign this part with a lot more strength. This is just pitiful when my weakling wife breaks two of them within a year's time.

    To replace the part, pry loose the snap-in tabs at the bottom of the
    face trim. Raise the face trim straight up until the upper trim hooks
    can be pulled forward out of the mounting slots. Remove the three
    screws that hold in the dispenser mechanism, move it forward and pull out the ribbon cable
    from the circuit card. Unplug the modular plug on the left side of the
    board...watch out for 120VAC!! Loosen the two screws and retaining
    plates...rotate the left plate 180 degrees, and remove the right one
    completely. Unplug the water dispenser LED connector from the circuit board.
    Lift the spring off of the plastic water dispenser arm, and remove the
    dispenser lever by moving it slightly up, then back and then down
    behind the loose dispenser assembly.

    Installation of the new part is the reverse of the above procedure.

    I've repaired an old broken one by installing a screw through an angled hole in the illuminated lever extending up into a smaller, threaded hole in the clear plastic pivot injection mold. Then, I epoxied the hell out of it, and after the epoxy setup a bit, I tightened the screw one turn to put a bit of tension on the repaired assembly. Then I layered on some more epoxy on the front and the back of the broken joint. I'm letting it cure up as I write this, and I will soon see if I have any success putting this into service.

    Epoxy alone is just not strong enough given the shear and tension forces present at the weak spot that breaks.

    Frigidaire/Electrolux: how about a decent fix for this problem???


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    dmdavis828 Dec 28, 2013

    How can I order just the replacement arm?

  • dmdavis828
    dmdavis828 Dec 28, 2013

    How can you order just the actuator arm? Every parts site I go to will only sell the whole ice dispensing unit for $130!

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Yes it can you need the model number to get a part number

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