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polaris8030 12-14-2012 12:26 AM

Turning off water shutoff valve and ice forming on bottom on fridge
 
There's a couple of problems in this fridge which is just about 2 years old. The ice doesn't form and the water does not flow yet I am seeing ice form at the bottom shelf of the freezer . It builds up slowly and takes about 2 weeks to make a thin sheet. I scrape off the sheet at this point and it starts again.

I want to turn the water shutoff valve but the plastic handle doesn't budge. it looks like there is are obstruction on both sides of the valve, so not sure how this handle would move in the first place. Any harder and I am afraid I would break the handle

Fridge is under warranty, but before making that call I wanted to know a little more about the problem.

thanks
-Sandy




denman 12-14-2012 11:30 AM

Sounds like the water may be from the defrost cycle.
Remove the covers at the back in the freezer and check that the drain under the evaporator coils is clear
Sounds like drain tube is plugged so that the water from the defrost cycle cannot drain into the drain pan.

I would check that it is clear.
If plugged or partially plugged a turkey baster with warm water, an air compressor with low pressure or a wire can often be used to clear it.

Also check that it is not plugged with dust etc. at the drain pan end.
You might as well clean the condenser/compressor fan and the condenser coils while you are down there.

If it looks like stuff is growing in the tube I would flush it with a 10% bleach solution. This should kill the stuff and let you flush it out. You may have to do this several times, let it sit for 15 minutes or so between flushes.

Be careful that the drip tray does not overflow and empty the drip tray after you are done.

Be sure to unplug the unit while doing this.

The valve looks closed to me.
Usually if the handle is 90 degrees to the valve it is off.
If inline with the water flow it is on.
You could confirm that it is totally off by just removing the braided feed line from it.
Do it slowly and if it starts to drip then you know it is not off. Let it drip for a couple minutes just to be sure it is the valve that is leaking and not just pressure in the braided line.


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