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PartSelect Number PS304365
This part has one port and 2 solenoids and comes with a mounting bracket. The water valve is a solenoid-operated switch located at the bottom of the refrigerator. When it is energized by electrical power, water is released from the supply line through the water valve and into the compact icemaker mold.
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Removed black cardboard covering on back of refrig with nut driver (6 screws), turned off water supply to pump, removed cooper waterline to pump with adjustable wrench, removed 1 screw holding pump to refrigerator, removed plastic waterline from pump by turning hose counter clockwise. Inserter plastic water line in new pump by screwing line in clockwise, pushed orange plastic stop around waterline into pump, connected cooper water line to pump first wrapping threads on pump with teflon plumbers tape, reinstalled pump to refrig and cardboard back on refrig with 6 screws. One side note:.This is the second pump which has burst at the blue plastic seam in seven years.
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This is a side-by-side frige with water and ice dispenser in the left freezer door. I first checked for possible water line freezing in the freezer door or in the water chiller area (behind the vegetable drawers) as described in e-articles I had read, but this did not appear to be the problem. I found two solenoid valve pairs; one that routes dispenser or ice-maker water to the filter and the other that routes the water to the end device. I ran a couple of tests on the solenoid valves and found that the first inlet valve that sends water to the filter did not work, but the second valve that relays the water to the dispenser was still working. By temorarily connecting the wiring for the dispenser solenoid to the functioning ice-maker solenoid, I confirmed that the wiring and switch were working properly and that the problem must be the solenoid itself (it also still hummed when the dispenser button was pressed). The entire quad solenoid valve assembly can be pulled out after removing the one hex-screw on the back of the frige (the assembly is all held together with a bracket). I disconnected the wiring connector to the solenoid valves. I disconnected the plastic water tubing by pushing it toward the fitting and then depressing the tubing inlet ring to release the tubing. I removed the two screws holding the solenoid valve and replaced it.
I had noticed water on the front left of the fridge on the floor.I thought it was the drain in the freezer so i poured hot water with baking soda into the drain but it didn't help..I pulled the fridge out and saw water dripping from the water valve solenoid.I searched the web for parts and found Parts select.com.I found the part quickly and they had pictures from all angles to assure me that it was the exact part which was great.The transaction on line was simple and the part came the next day.I will definitly use this sight again
The leak was obvious and I took out the cardboard backing. I closed the valve (water supply) to the water dispenser and ice maker. With the screw drivers and socket set, I was able to take out the old valve and disconnect the hoses. Since the part was identical to the leaky valve it was just a matter of reversing the steps. I had previously researched on the web to find the identical part and found a match at Partselect.com. I wish all my repair attempts turn out to be this easy. I wish GE had used better parts since this incident has set me back by several thousand dollars due to the water damage to the wooden floors, basement ceiling and walls.
pull out the fridge from the wall, be careful not to kink the water line. Shut off the water, remove the 6 screws that attach the metal panel to the bottom of the fridge. Remove the water line from the water valve using a wrench, unplug the fridge from the wall, then remove the 2 electrical connectors that attach to the water valve (be sure to mark or mental note which one is which), then remove the plastic outboud water supply line (the one that supplies the fridge) by grabbing with your hand and wiggling out. On my fridge the water line was orange, it's just a plastic clip that automatically seals the line in the valve but you can remove it by firmly grabbing, twist and pull (don't use pliars or you might damage the water line). Remove the value from the fridge by removing the screw that attaches it to the fridge. Install the new valve by following the reverse order.Before you put the back panel back on the fridge, I highly recommend you vaccuum as much link and junk as you can, all that mess causes loss of air flow, which causes escessive heat and will shorten the life of your compressor and other parts.10 minutes max, and a heck of a lot cheaper than a rip off repair man that will do it about 50% correctly becasue they don't give a rip if the repair lasts past their getting out the door with your money.
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