DIY: How to Replace a Refrigerator Water Valve
You open your freezer to get some ice, only to find that the ice box is empty. This could mean that your refrigerator's water valve has failed. This valve assembly allows water to flow to your ice maker and water dispenser. With a new part and these helpful instructions, you can get your fridge back in shape.
What You'll Need:
Step 1: Turn Off Power & Water Supply
Before you can replace the valve, you'll need to unplug the refrigerator from the wall. Once the appliance is unplugged, turn off the water supply. The shutoff will likely be on a valve behind the fridge. If it's not there, check under the sink or in the basement below the refrigerator.
Step 2: Disconnect the Water Line
Scoot the fridge away from the wall so you can see the water line connection. Take one of your towels and place it underneath to soak up any water that drips out after removal. Unscrew the nut on the line and remove it. You may want to consult the owner's manual for specific water disconnection instructions.
Step 3: Remove the Back Panel & Mounting Bracket
Use your screwdriver to remove the service panel on the back of the refrigerator. Once you've set the panel to the side, unscrew the mounting bracket that holds the valve assembly.
Step 4: Remove the Valve
Press the locking tab on the harness to release the tab. Pull the wire harness off of the valve, and remove the C-clip from the collar of the water connection. Push the collar while pulling the water line from the inlet water valve.
Step 5: Install the New Valve
Place the water line into the fitting on the new valve. Reinstall the C-clip on the collar of the fitting.
Step 6: Connect the Wire Harness
Push the wire harness back into the water valve assembly. Make sure the locking tabs are pushed in and have snapped into place.
Step 7: Mount the Valve
Take the bracket and line up the holes on the frame. Screw in the bracket until it is firmly attached.
Step 8: Reattach the Back Panel
Take the screws and reattach the back panel of the fridge.
Step 9: Reconnect the Water Supply
Take a small strip of the pipe thread tape and wrap it around the water supply fitting. Then, take the water line and attach it to the valve assembly and tighten the nut. Turn on the water supply and check for leaks. If there is a leak, check the connection and tighten the nut until everything runs smooth.
Step 10: Restore Power
Plug the power cord back into the wall and slide the fridge back into its place.