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Plastic Water Lines on Kenmore Refrigerator Ice Maker


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Posted 03 May 2005 - 05:56 AM

:dude:  I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator that I purchased about 5 years ago.  It works very well; I don't have a problem with it.  My question is this:

The water supply lines for the ice maker are plastic and being accustomed to having copper lines I wonder about the durability of the plastic, its longevity.  I'm concerned about the potential for having a flood in our kitchen.  Do these lines deteriorate?  As repairmen, can you speak about your experience with them?  Is this some thing that I need to be concerned about?   Thanks....


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Posted 03 May 2005 - 08:53 AM

To my knowledge all of the lines to the ice maker and the water thru the door are plastic.  We have not seen any problems with them except on the ones that run close to the compressor, on some brands, and then they will turn brittle and fail.  Look to see if they are close or touching the compressor or any hot copper lines.  If they are,  insulate the plastic lines and move them away from the heat source.  Kenmore is a private label and could be made by Whirlpool, Frigidaire, G.E., or Amana.  Without the model number we do not know who Sears sourced this Ref. from.
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Posted 28 July 2005 - 05:25 PM

I looked up the model number.  It's a Kenmore model # 10657077790 and the date of manufacture is 6/97.  Is this a model that has plastic tubing running too close to warm components?  Thanks...:?

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 05:31 PM

That is a Whirlpool frig. and we have not seen any problems with the plastic lines.  Remember all brands have plastic lines, none are copper. If this concerns you try to move the lines away from the compressor and insulate them with something heat resistant.
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