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jaygolds

Subzero 550 leaking

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I have a Subzero 550 (in a house that I've recently moved in to).  There is a leak coming from underneath the vicinity of the fridge. 

How easily can it be pulled out to check to water connection behind it? 

Also, recently the freezer has been freezing the door track shut.  I took off all of the internal covers over the fins and found the fins totally frosted in.  I've turned off the freezer and totally defrosted it.  So far so good.  Could this have anything to do with the leaking? 

Thanks!

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It's most likely the water inlet valve or associated tubing for the icemaker. There's a narrow metal grate right down at the floor. Remove a couple screws and remove the grate.

In accordance with Samurai's 4th Law of Appliance Repair, "All leaks are visual," use a flashlight and see what you can see!

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Bingo!  I actually was just doing that before I checked the email.  It is leaking where the compression fitting screws on to the plastic threads of the ice maker mechanism.  

Unfortunately as I tightened the connection the leak got worse.  There is no watertight position with the brass connection to the plastic threads.  I will try Teflon tape to see if that seals it. 

I will try and replace the brass connection piece.  Can the plastic threaded piece be replaced as well?  It does not appear to come off easily. 

Any suggestions? 

Also, there is no shut off on the water line.  Is it worth adding one in the plastic tubing? 

Thanks again!  You da man!!!!!

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[user=1940]jaygolds[/user] wrote:

It is leaking where the compression fitting screws on to the plastic threads of the ice maker mechanism.

Are you talking about where the copper water supply tube connects to the blue water inlet solenoid valve? The water inlet valve have two wires attached to it. Is this what you're seeing?

Also, there is no shut off on the water line. Is it worth adding one in the plastic tubing?

The shutoff should be in the water supply supply line. This should be copper!! If not, then make it so. This line is always under house water pressure and it at major risk for bursting and making a big mess in your house if it ain't copper.

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       Are you talking about where the copper water supply tube connects to the blue water inlet solenoid valve? The water inlet valve have two wires attached to it. Is this what you're seeing?

Yes.  There is a brass connector with a 3/4" female end to attach to the blue water inlet valve and a 1/4" compression fitting on the other end.  The leak occured at the 3/4" end.

        The shutoff should be in the water supply supply line. This should be copper!! If not, then make it so. This line is always under house water pressure and it at major risk for bursting and making a big mess in your house if it ain't copper.

The water supply line is copper until it gets to the back of the fridge.  From there 1/4" plastic tubing connects to the water inlet valve.  Unfortunately I can not find a shut off close to the fridge.  I had to turn off the water to the entire house to stop the leak.  I was going to put a shut off in the plastic line merely so I can work on the connection at the inlet valve easier.

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The shutoff valve will be at the other end of the copper tube, could be down in the basement, where it ties into a main cold water pipe.

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