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Old 07-04-2012, 09:43 PM
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Model Number: EW26SS65GS0   Brand: Electrolux   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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We have a Electrolux EW26SS65GS0 Stainless Steel Side By Side Refrigerator that went out while we were out of town - Stunk!
We cleaned it out, replaced the power board and it is running - water still stinks.

How do we replace the water tank?

I can find the tank, but we do not know where the tubing goes. Do we have to remove all of the rear panels inside the refrigerator or just the bottom plastic? The Schematics do not show the tubing / connectors.

Thank you for your help! THP


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Before you will order and replace the water tank, I would recommend to replace the water filter and drain at least 3 gallons of water through the water dispenser.

- The water filter Part number: EWF01

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Gene,

Thank you for the suggestion.

Over the last week we have twice put vinegar in the tank from the hose in the rear...

1st time about 3oz. left for 3 days then ran 1 gallon of water...same putrid smell and taste

2nd time put about 10 oz. and left for 4 days then ran 1 gallon of water..same putrid smell and taste. (same is true for the ice maker).

Since the water tastes good after the gallon we thought that the filter was fine. The water starts to stink within 8 hours of sitting in the "water tank" (it looks like rolled up plastic water line)

You are the expert, what do you think.

Thank you for your interest, thp
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The problem you described is very strange and unusual. The only part I would suspect as a cause of it is still the water filter. Especially if it's more than a year old.

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Gene,

Update...as per your suggestion, I put in a new water filter Friday night, then ran 3 gallons of water through the new filter. We will be back in town tomorrow and we'll see what happens...hopefully every thing will be good.

Thanks again for your continued interest and support! thp
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Gene,

Unfortunately, the new water filter did not make a difference. The water from the "water tank" and the Ice Maker still have a putrid order and taste.

We agree with you that "The problem you described is very strange and unusual."

Maybe a little more background would help...we were out of the country for 4 weeks. When we returned (Thursday 07/09), the kitchen smelled like a rat had died and rotted...you could see a reddish/black colored "glob" outside - underneath the freezer door and the refrigerator/freezer was running but the fresh food section temperature was "high". Inside the freezer you could see the same "glob" frozen in the bottom of the unit. Ice had melted (yes we turn off the water to our house when we leave) along with all meat and seafood in the freezer. All food in the fresh food section had spoiled....the odor was awful in both the fresh food and freezer sections. It must have been out for weeks, before restarting.

This Electrolux was exactly 3 years old on the day we returned....called Electrolux since the compressor has a 5 year warranty...they arranged a technician to come our on Monday. I sure wish that we had known about this forum then...our life would have been much better, but that is another story)

We spent the weekend cleaning...first tried vinegar didn't help. Then had to spray the walls with Clorox/water which did work on everything except the water & Ice(removed the ice maker to clean).

After the unit was "fixed" Saturday, That is when we added vinegar through the hose in the rear and again...started searching the internet and found this forum. Hope we didn't give you too much detail.

That is the history behind our original post. How do we replace the water tank?

I can find the tank, but we do not know where the tubing goes. Do we have to remove all of the rear panels inside the refrigerator or just the bottom plastic? The Schematics do not show the tubing / connectors.

Thank you again for your interest and help! thp


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There is no a regular water tank used in this refrigerator. Instead there is a water tube assembly (#97 at the diagram). You have to remove both bottom drawers in the fresh food compartment to access it.

Replacement is pretty simple. You'll need two connectors, probably 5/16" diameter. You have to determine it yourself. I'm posting the part numbers for both available sizes.

- The water tank Part number: 241532006

Part number: 241532006

- The 5/16" connector Part number: AP3670039

Part number: AP3670039



- The 1/4" connector Part number: AP3085805

Part number: AP3085805



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Gene,

I installed the water tube assembly. You are right that the tubing is 5/16" and the installation was easy by cutting the existing 2 tube lines behind the water tube assembly and use the 5/16" connector Part number: AP3670039 to connect the new assembly.

The assembly, as you know comes with tubing on each end long enough to reach the "connecting points" (water filter) & ???.

Since our problem was the odor/taste, we wanted to (and still want to) replace as much tubing as possible.

1) How do I remove the "#140 part number 7241812501, A B C Channel, water tube cover? (tube from the water assembly connects to one of the two tubes behind this cover)
2) Where does the other tube from the water assembly that goes through the bottom (through a silicone type substance) connect?

Thank you again for your interest and support! THP
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...1) How do I remove the "#140 part number 7241812501, A B C Channel, water tube cover? (tube from the water assembly connects to one of the two tubes behind this cover)
2) Where does the other tube from the water assembly that goes through the bottom (through a silicone type substance) connect?...
Unfortunately, I never did it myself. I can not tell you exactly how to do it.

Hopefully the attached diagram will help you.

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Gene,

You are a Genius!!!

That is exactly what I needed!!!

Thank You for all of your help and support! THP

ps: I'll let you know if the new water assembly fixes the problem. Waiting until tomorrow to give it time to "stink up"
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