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Frigidaire Water Dispenser Leak

Electrolux Dispenser Leak Frigidaire refrigerator

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#1 gamepawn

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:40 AM

Model No: FRS26R2AWA

The dispenser on this model has been leaking for some time. When it started the small basin under the ice and water dispensers would hold it and I'd just wipe it up once a day. But now, it's getting to be unmanageable.

I've learned that it isn't a drip-drip leak because when it leaks it isn't dripping, it is pouring, and you can hear the motor (or whatever electronic mechanism dispenses the water) run; as though someone is pushing on the dispenser about 50%.

Any thoughts?

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:09 AM

This is usually caused by one of two things:

- air in the water tubing

- leaky water inlet valve

Try running a gallon or so out the dispenser to purge any air that may be trapped in the tubing. If that fails, replace the water inlet valve ==> http://www.repaircli...mber=FRS26R2AWA

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 09:50 AM

... and you can hear the motor (or whatever electronic mechanism dispenses the water) run;
... as though someone is pushing on the dispenser about 50%.

If it only happens a few times a day, such as when the IceMaker is Filling,
it sounds like it may be a bad "Dual Diode" Wire Harness
Some electrical voltage test at the Water Valves will be needed.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:15 PM

Thanks to both of you.

I've already tried clearing the air by running a few gallons through the system.


RegUS_PatOff, yes it only happens a few times a day, and when it happens it's as though it's being turned on. If what you said about the dual diode harness is the issue, would me turning off the ice maker and seeing what happens help determine the issue? If so, I'll try that and report back. Well, I'll try it anyway.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:39 PM

... would me turning off the ice maker and seeing what happens help determine the issue?

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 04:59 PM

I have news!

No leaks since I shut the ice maker off. So does this sound like the dual diode harness? If so, where is a link to that part?

Thanks again,
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:35 PM

Does sound like the infamous "Dueling Diode" problem. Wiring harness with diodes ==> http://www.repaircli...18872701/452351

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:51 AM

Samurai, there is no need to purchase a complete wiring harness to get the replacement water valve diodes.

Besides the complete harness most likely not being readily stocked and the much higher expense they have a replacement diode kit just for this purpose.

Part# 5303918287 Diode repair kit, water valve wire harness (In stock and only $22 compared to $73 for the complete harness)
http://www.repaircli...3918287/1015421
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:27 AM

Awesome! Thanks everyone. I'll order the Diode repair kit since it's in stock. My guess is this is located down by the water inlet valve?

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:48 AM

Part# 5303918287 Diode repair kit, water valve wire harness (In stock and only $22 compared to $73 for the complete harness)
http://www.repaircli...3918287/1015421
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I looked all over for that harness, Willie. How'd you find that?

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:31 AM

I looked all over for that harness, Willie. How'd you find that?

aahhaaa...
using Willie's part number,
5303918287
(was 5304418384)
I searched the Friggy Fridge repair manuals..
first mentioned in 2001
newest 2009
594_5995536439_Iceman_SM_093009.pdf
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:12 AM

It was in the 2003 service bulletins, (Issue 2 & 3 Page 9 If I remember correctly).

I remembered seeing that, (and it was discussed at some earlier point in this very forum), in the bulletins and went back in and looked at the running indexes for each year to find under refrigeration anything regarding diode.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:52 AM

So, I got the part. And now there is more to the story - probably because I screwed something up. :(

I disconnected the molex at the intake and both molex connectors at the ice and dispenser output valves - so that I had room to work outside of the cabinet.

I cut the wires and reconnected/crimped everything. Plugged it all back in and yay - the water dispenser worked. I flipped the ice maker switch ON. And went to bed.

I woke up and checked to see the ice maker's progress - nothing, no ice.

I shut the ice maker off and back on, I heard what sounded like a pump, I think. But no water flowed in.

So I opened the back up again, thinking maybe my crimps were bad. I traced the ice water tube to the outlet valve and assumed that the molex closest to it was the correctly associated one (in this case the yellow wire I had replaced).

I cut the connector out and re-connected the three wires back together.

Plugged in the fridge, turned on the ice - no water, no noise. I checked the water dispenser and BOOM the fridge shuts off. I go to the back, unplug fridge, unplug molex at outlets and see the water dispenser molex is all burnt up (see pic)...I didn't touch these wires (the brown ones) today at all!

So I unplugged all the molex connectors, and reset the breaker in the basement and at least the fridge is running! No ice, no water.

What did I screw up? And now what? Boo me.

Thanks again!

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 09:57 PM

So I got the ice working, I think. There's water in the tray anyway...so I'm waiting for it to dump! I think I just crimped it bad day 1.

Follow up on the burn/breaker throw: I tested for continuity from the single wire side of the diode to the burnt molex, it's still conducting. And I tested for continuity from the +/- of terminal on the outlet valve for the dispenser that looked like it got burnt too - it's still conducting as well. I haven't plugged the molex it back in yet though. I'm hesitant to do so.

Is there anything else that I can test to try and figure out why it burnt up like that?

Thanks again!

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:32 PM

It seems the only way it could burn-up is if it was wired wrong.
Wired to the wrong side of the Water Valve wires ..
None of the new wire harness wires should be connected to any "white" wire / terminal.
The Diodes inside the new wire harness may now be bad (shorted-out)
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