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How To Test the Water Inlet Valve

Caution: Please read our safety information before attempting any testing or repairs.

Before testing the water inlet valve, unplug the refrigerator to avoid an electrical shock hazard.

The water inlet valve is located at the lower rear of the refrigerator or freezer. Locate the water supply line coming into the valve and turn it off at the source (typically under the sink). Disconnect the supply line from the valve and place it into a container to catch any water the may spill out. Remove the screws securing the inlet valve in place.

The water inlet valve is connected by two wires or four wires. Label the wire placement on the water inlet valve before disconnecting the wires. The wires are connected to the terminals with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If the connectors are corroded they should be replaced.

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