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#1 coralbrief

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 09:06 PM

I've got a leak I can't find in my Arctica. I turned off the water supply and the leak stopped, so I know it is water and not defrost. Took the back cover and the front kick plate off and checked and there is no obvious leak (unlike the last time I had this problem!). Had someone dispense water while I was watching -- still no leak. I can see water dripping from the galvanize cover on the bottom of the fridge but can't find the source. I thought that maybe the leak was at the point where the tubing runs through into the beer cooler to the reservoir -- that would explain why I don't see a leak and might explain why it appears to be dripping from the cabinet (if the water was getting pushed into the cabinet). So, I pulled the reservoir and pulled the tubing through by several inches and still no leak. (And the tubing was dry). (I didn't have someone dispense water while I had the reservoir out, but I would think that since it was full of water, I'd be likely to see a leak even if the solenoid valve wasn't open. Maybe I need to go back and try that?)

Can't think where else the water would come from. Perhaps where the water line enters the fridge at the back at the top? (not sure where it goes once it enters the back panel there although it obviously loops back to go to the solenoid through the line that exits the back panel at the same spot.)

Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 09:39 PM

One of the Water Valves may be letting water through.
Disconnect one at a time to see if the leak stops.
Although, some water must go through more than one Valve to get to it's destination,
so, just because there's no leak when a certain Valve is disabled, doesn't mean that's the leaky Valve.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:40 AM

When you say disconnect one of the water valves at a time, I assume you mean the solenoid valves? If so, do you mean that I should physically disconnect the water connection at the valve? Or do you mean I should electrically disconnect?

Also, it's not clear to me how, if the water valve is leaking, this would cause water to drip from the underside of the fridge. There still has to be a physical leak -- the mere fact that the water valve was letting water pass through would not explain the dripping water would it?

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:16 AM

... Or do you mean I should electrically disconnect?
... the mere fact that the water valve was letting water pass through would not explain the dripping water would it?

1) electrically
2) I see your point now, but you may be able to narrow it down to either the IceMaker water lines or the Water Dispenser lines,
although on GE's they use multiple Water Valves
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:58 AM

Thanks for clarifying. I'll try it when I get home tonight and see what I find. I'm thinking it makes sense to disconnect both valves electrically first and then turn the water on. Assuming the leak doesn't appear, then I'll reconnect one and see what happens. Then try the other. I'll let you know what I find. Thanks again.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 05:52 AM

Last night I disconnected each switch. The leak only "appears" when the valve for the supply to the ice maker is connected. I put "appears" in quotes because I can't see the leak -- only water on the floor showing up sometime after the valve is energized. I'm not getting water in the freezer compartment. The water line for the ice maker enters the fridge at the back of the freezer in the vicinity of the ice maker. But when I pulled the line out at that location, I realized that there is simply a plastic piece entering the back of the ice maker there and it simply dumps the water into the ice maker. (I was assuming a sealed system and that there was a leaking line or connection inside that was allowing water to leak through the insulation between the ice box and the sides of the fridge and ultimately down to the floor.) So now I'm at a total loss as to where the leak could be.

I'm going to leave only the water dispenser supply connected today in case that I didn't wait long enough for the leak to appear if the leak is on the water dispenser side.

I'm open to any suggestions.


Thanks, Andy

Edited by coralbrief, 08 June 2011 - 06:01 AM.


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

Where are you seeing the leak: inside one of the compartments? on the floor in front? on the floor in back?

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:29 PM

Problem solved. There was a slight crack in the tubing coming from the solenoid running to the ice maker, very near the solenoid. The leak would only show up when the solenoid was activated. In my previous eforts, I hadn't been in the right spot when to see the leak when the solenoid was activated. The leak was spraying on to the underside of the fridge (on to the galvanized cover just in front of the condensor, making it look like the water was dripping from that cover. Tonight, I happened to be in the right spot at the right time and caught the leak. Cut the tubing short and re-inserted it into the solenoid and we are good to go. (I'm going to replace the tubing, but now I can do it on my schedule.)

Thanks for the insight. Isolating the problem to the ice maker side of the solenoid rather than the water dispenser side definitely helped me track this down.

Andy




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