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 Posted: Wed Oct 31st, 2007 02:34 pm
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Greetings!

We had to move the fridge for some new counters.  Once again, the copper water line leaked where it enters the fridge.  Plumber came, put a coil of plastic tubing at the end of the water line, reattached, water turned back on, no leak.  Yay!  Ice again!  Cold water came out of the dispenser fine.  Next day,  no ice is forming.  Huh.  Handle is in the right position.  It worked fine before.  Something went wrong, between the time it was turned off, and then turned back on again it seems.

But it was the next day, when I reached for the icecream at the bottom of the freezer in the lowest basket, that I realized it was incased in six inches of ice, sort of like a ski jump slanting down from the back of the freezer.  Oh look! Icycles all the way up!  Took the icemaker basket out, can't see where the leak is actually starting.  It's not leaking into the fridge.  Of course we have since turned off the water line.

I figure it's some gadget in the icemaker, or burst line or something, but I'm wondering why this happened.  Is there a logical reason why the icemaker would go bust, from having the water to it turned off?  That's all that was done, between when it worked, and when it didn't, other than the plumber adding a coil of tubing to the end of the copper line.

Are there dots that can be connected, prior to my spending my Halloween budget in the GE guy?

Thank you oh wise appliance masters. 

Rebecca

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You may have a case of what we professional appliantologists call filltubeitis. This is where the icemaker's fill tube pops out of icemaker fill cup in back of the icemaker. Look back there (it'll be tight!) and make sure it didn't get popped out of placve while moving the fridge.



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Thanks!  I took the icemaker basket out, and I can see where a tube comes from behind there, pointing down into the icemaker.... as it enters the icemaker, it is surrounded by a white plasket 'enclosure' then exits towards the back of the fridge and I can't see past there.  Am I looking in the right place?  Do I need to take something apart, to see farther back? 

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The tube may have slid out from the back of the freezer wall just enough to allow water to leak down the back. Best would be to watch it do a fill, then you'd see ezzzzacly where it's coming from.



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Hi.  Problem is, it's not filling.  I did try removing and re-inserting the ice cube bin, and made sure the arm was in the right position, and the tray never filled.  I can see where the icicles are coming down from behind it, but unless I take something apart, I can't see back there.  Should I unplug the fridge and see if I can't take something off of there? 

Is there any reason why shutting the water off, by itself, would cause the thing to mnalfunction like this?  Could it freeze up, maybe, and then split the line when the water pressure comes back on or.....

The water leak seems to be coming from inside the freezer, behind the icemaker, but I just can't see back there unless I take something apart.

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you are gonna have to tear into it, like the Samurai said the fill tube could have slightly popped out and there is also the possibility that the water inlet valve is bad also. When the water was disconnected and reconnected it could have caused small debris to get lodged in the valve causing it not to fully close all the way hence the olympic ice slope that you have in the freezer.



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Thanks!  I'll unplug the fridge and see if I  can figure something out.  I appreciate a lot your trying to connect the dots for me -- it just seemed weird that it worked, and then it suddenly didn't.  Logically it must have something to do with moving the fridge or the water being off and then on again.  I wondered if the high pressure of the water line might have something to do with it, or if the lines freeze up when there's no water coming in or.....   I'll pretend I'm a handyman and see if I can poke around a little without doing more damage.  If it's not something simple like the thing popping out, I guess it's time to get out the credit card.  But I think this board is wonderful, at least there is a possibility a layperson might be able to figure something out on their own.  IT's like going to the car mechanic, you're just totally at their mercy, you know? :D

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Glad to help, dont hesitate to ask if you have more questions



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