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Amana side by side won't stop dispensing water


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#1 sandman

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 12:16 AM

I have an Amana side by side, model number SSD22NW, which stopped dispensing water about a year ago. This didn't bother me much, as the ice maker continued to work, and the kitchen sink dispenses water just fine. However, just today, the water dispenser began leaking a stream of water, about fast enough to fill a 16 ounce mug in about a minute or two--slower than when the thing was working, but much faster than a mere drip.

I've turned off the water supply to the refrigerator (and the kitchen sink, unfortunately) for now, and I'm unsure what to do next. There are two parts I've discovered from some quick research on the internet which I think might be the problem: The icemaker water inlet valve (repairclinic.com part #1018) and the water dispenser limit switch (repairclinic.com part #381267). I read there's a way to test the water inlet valve with a multimeter, and I have one that I may be able to find, though I never really learned how to use it well. Does it sound like I need to find that multimeter and figure out how to use it to test the inlet valve, or does this sound like it's more likely to be the limit switch for the water dispenser? Or am I just completely wrong and need to be looking somewhere else entirely?

Thanks for any help you can provide,
Sandy

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 12:41 AM

Look at where the water comes into the fridge via the hose. The hose should be attached to the inlet valve / valves.  If there are two valves with one hose attached, turn the power off and disconnect both wires off one of the valves and turn power back on and then the water, if the water starts coming out, turn off water and power ( in that order!) and refit the wires  you removed and remove the wires from the other valve, again, power then water on.  If the water continues to come in regardless, then the valve is blocked or jammed open, if it stops when one set of wires is removed then the device used to switch the valve on is faulty.  Hope this helps:?.
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Posted 05 June 2005 - 02:25 AM

Or, easier yet, just unplug the refrig and if the water keeps dispensing, slam dunk, replace the water inlet valve.

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Posted 05 June 2005 - 02:50 AM

Of course, I should have thought of that:D.  Sorry for the long winded routine but I was thinking more about the switching than the valve. They say 2 heads are better than 1 for a reason, eh.
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Posted 05 June 2005 - 10:32 AM

And while you are at it, install a seperate cut off to the frig water line at the sink so you can turn the water off to the frig but have water at the sink...;)
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Posted 07 June 2005 - 12:33 PM

The water still ran when I unplugged the refrigerator, so I ordered the water inlet valve from RepairClinic.com.  I've already gone out and bought a valve to shut off the water just to the refrigerator, so I have water in my kitchen while I'm waiting for the part.  I haven't fixed it yet, and I might be stupid enough to blow this when I try, but I appreciate all the help so far.  I'm hoping that I'll soon be able to thank you all for allowing me to get the thing working even better than it was before it started leaking.


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Posted 07 June 2005 - 12:37 PM

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