Since retiring from the news business in , Kirchhoff takes care of a acre rural Michigan lakefront property and applies his experience to his vegetable and flower gardens and home repair and renovation projects. Skip to main content. Home Guides Home Home Improvement. Installing Line Installing a refrigerator water line involves tapping into the household cold water supply line at a point close to the refrigerator. References 1 Family Handyman: How to Install Refrigerator Plumbing. About the Author Herb Kirchhoff has more than three decades of hands-on experience as an avid garden hobbyist and home handyman.
Accessed 16 January Home Guides SF Gate. I have had my freezer door open for over an hour and using a blowdryer for 15 minutes and still no water. How long should it take to thaw? Increase the temperature on yor freezer above I had the heater installed a year ago and recently the line is freezing again. Once I did this I have had no problems. Everything was thawing so I unloaded the freezer to the back up. Now I guess I need that heater.
I am having to replace the water tanks the previous one froze in my GE side by side with bottom freezer. I cannot find anything to help me figure out exactly how to install it…. Great amazing issues here.
I am very happy to see your article. Thank you so much and i am looking forward to touch you. Will you please drop me a mail? Just want to fix it once before I buy the kit. I got the heater kit and installed it then. It is currently frozen again and has been for about a week and has been frozen up a couple of other times. Which seems ridiculous since I have the heater kit already installed!??
Why is there no water from the dispenser?
If it freezes, grab the tip of the line with a plyers and pull to open it up, then push the line back in so just the tip is sticking out for the next time. Gotta make sure that the food is not packed in on that upper shelve where the air blows out. Hi, apparently my water line is frozen on my GE Monogram side by side re fridge. I am having no luck with the hair dryer. I temporarily turned my freezer temp.
Also, does the heater come with instructions? Thanks for any help. It is really just a couple wires that attach to the light electrical so nothing complex but it does come with instructions. People please read the full info on those heaters, it states that it will not thaw out the frozen line, it will only work on the water spout tip, do not waste your money.
We have only had our GE refrigerator for a few years. But now that water line is frozen 2 to 3 times a week! We like to use this feature on or frig. Should not have to do this with a refrigerator that is only a few years old! Wil never buy another GE!
I have a GE gsh….. It has worked flawlessly for several days now. I have same problem with our side by side….. I was doing some searches on amazon and noticed that the replacement drawers and shelves on all the units are some of the top selling parts for appliances. Here is a link to a video installing the heater kit on a GE side by side. I have the same problem.
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My water line keeps freezing up. The repair guy put the heater on it but it only thaws it for a couple days and then it freezes up again. Before all this, I used to use a blow dryer on it and keep a weed eater line up in it. I melted the housing with the blow dryer the 3rd time I did it, so be careful if you do that. We are now going to unplug the refrigerator for 24 hours and let the entire line thaw.
The hope is that after it thaws completely, the heater will do its job and keep it thawed. No more GE products for me…ever! Are you certain it is installed correctly? Maybe try reducing raising the temperature setting on the freezer to see if that might help. Everything works well except the water line freezes up. It makes sense to me that we should be able to open the body of the freezer door and replace the tubing with an insulated tube. Unfortunately, I am not aware if there is any such thing. Standing there with the blow dryer is getting old! This water line heater worked for me.
I had to use the hair dryer trick to get it thawed out first. It acts as a heat sink. Mine has been frozen for years! I tried the heat gun, sticking random things down the tube, etc, and nothing has ever been able to clear it. I duct taped thick plastic over the freezer opening, which actually worked really well and set the door in front of the warm air coming out of my dehumidifier.
While it was warming up I decided to search again and came across this forum. The one thing I never tried was hot water, so I thought it was a good time to try it, especially since I had the door off and apart. Surprisingly it only took a few ounces before it was free and clear! The fridge is 9 years old and we only had the problem when we moved it downstairs. Anyway, I definitely suggest trying that as the first option, as I did everything else suggested and it did not work.
Thanks for the suggestion and reading my long story! My GE side by side was freezing up the water dispenser every few days in spite of having installed the heater add-on, raising the freezer temp as far as it would go and numerous hair dryer thawings. I figured the insulation behind the water line had become frozen solid with condensation and it froze the water line almost as soon as I thawed it.
It is now over a month and the water is flowing freely.
How to Hook Up a Water Line to a Refrigerator
The heaters GE sells are a total rip-off. Just buy a cheap ice chest and cut it up. Not real pretty but it is inside the box and cheap! Hopefully I can still sing this song in a year. Chilling the water line and re-heating it is a waste of electricity, plus you have to by the heater. A simpler and cheaper solution is to tape some bubble wrap inside your freezer door to add some insulation from the cold air blowing on the door.
Now GE is trying to walk away by selling the company to Chinese company. GE addressed this issue the same way Ford addressed the Pinto. There should be a class action suit started by some enterprising attorney. Then it busted the water filter! GE sent me a new water filter that took 7 to 10 day …. Do they sent us another one,,,,7 to 10 days later we got it. Put it in and that night it froze up again! Now they are sending a repairman out!
Why should we put up with this!!!? You can also use a skinny straw and pour the hot water into it and blow it up into the tube or just use hot air. Statistically not a proven concept but if others use this technique and it works we can validate the effectiveness. Very innovative idea to get the line unfrozen. The warm water straw did the trick almost instantly. I think the spray bottle would have worked buit it was hard to position it.
Use a stra with a bend near the top. Unplug and defrost fridge.
Clean cover on back of fridge. Remove cover and check fan motor for dust. Used vacuum to clean fan motor housing. Replace cover plug back in and the water works and is still working a week later. Heat gun no hair dryer here to the inside of door panel worked like a charm. After waiting a few minutes, I tried the dispenser and it spit out a small bit of ice…. Glad to have found this conversation site!
I saw both of these issues discussed, and are good points to keep in mind. How do you figure out where your line is frozen? You might try and fish a trimmer line or some other type of stiff wire up the line and see how far it goes before hitting the ice. Chances are, it is just a few inches up the line as that seems to be where the insulation breaks down around the water line.
Yours may be too. To verify this do the following after ensuring that you have water pressure from the tube at floor level by: Check the temperature of the wire immediately after pulling it out. If it is very cold, it was in contact with ICE. BUT the way I did it thanks to information I read on the great internet was to squirt very hot water into the dispenser outlet tube using a 2oz syringe connected to a thin flexible plastic hose.
How to Install the Water Dispenser Tube Assembly - Whirlpool Home Appliances
I burnt my finger as the hot flowed back out, so wear thick dishwashing glove s and eye protection etc. They are happy with full ice cubes. Did you ever come up with a fix for item 7. I thought one could buy a new plastic overlay, but no luck there.
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I flushed hot water into the dispenser with a turkey injector. Then used a hair dryer to the inside of the freezer door to remove all moisture and taped the lid of a styrofoam cooler to the inside of the freezer door behind the dispenser. It has not frozen again since. I tried forcing hot water into the dispenser tube with no success, just a mess, but isopropyl alcohol like from your medicine cabinet worked almost instantly. Isopropyl alcohol is used as a deicing agent in aviation and other applications and is safe for food surfaces as well.
Just wanted to say thank you. The hair dryer trick worked. I worked the dryer on the inside of my freezer door, behind the dispenser if that helps. I turned down temp on freezer and blew hot water up water dispenser line.