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Old 01-29-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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Hi there,

I'm looking to disconnect the water supply valve to my refrigerator to figure out why the water dispenser has seized up on me. I have a main water valve that can shut off water to the whole house, but I'm wondering if the connection behind my fridge allows for shutting the water off at that juncture point.

Here's a picture of the connection, as well as the route it takes to the back of the fridge.

Since the water connection doesn't seem to have anything to do with the sink per se, can anyone tell me what that connector is in the first picture? Is it a way of cutting off the water to the fridge?

Thanks in advance for any replies this post gets.

- Spider
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Hi there,

I'm looking to disconnect the water supply valve to my refrigerator to figure out why the water dispenser has seized up on me. I have a main water valve that can shut off water to the whole house, but I'm wondering if the connection behind my fridge allows for shutting the water off at that juncture point.

Here's a picture of the connection, as well as the route it takes to the back of the fridge.

Since the water connection doesn't seem to have anything to do with the sink per se, can anyone tell me what that connector is in the first picture? Is it a way of cutting off the water to the fridge?

Thanks in advance for any replies this post gets.

- Spider
The first picture looks like a shut-off valve that you turn 1/4 turn (either way) to turn off the water. However, I've never seen one like this before.

The water dispenser has probably frozen up on you. Unplug the fridge for a couple of hours and let the ice melt. You might get a puddle of water on the floor.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: New Port Richey
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It is a 1/4 turn valve mounted from the top instead of the bottom of the box. I suggest holding the valve body with channel locks or pliers then turn the red handle either left or right till it stops. That should shut the water to the fridge off. The reason I mention holding the valve body is to keep from twisting and doing any damage to the line in the wall feeding the valve.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:23 PM
 
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The first picture looks like a shut-off valve that you turn 1/4 turn (either way) to turn off the water. However, I've never seen one like this before.

The water dispenser has probably frozen up on you. Unplug the fridge for a couple of hours and let the ice melt. You might get a puddle of water on the floor.

There's still a trickle amount of water getting through. Before it was free-flowing and then a loud noise came from in back of the filter housing. I'm going to see if it's calcification of the water line in any way. If not, I'll just order a new filter housing (the filters themselves are fine).

Thanks for the help!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:26 PM
 
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It is a 1/4 turn valve mounted from the top instead of the bottom of the box. I suggest holding the valve body with channel locks or pliers then turn the red handle either left or right till it stops. That should shut the water to the fridge off. The reason I mention holding the valve body is to keep from twisting and doing any damage to the line in the wall feeding the valve.
Yah, I'll give that a shot. It seems pretty straightforward (i.e. it's a turning quarter valve), but wanted to be sure. Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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My ice/water dispenser has been known to freeze up and stop giving water if the freezer setting is to low. Try as one person said and shut the fridge off for a few hours or set the freezer section to a higher temp for a few days.
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