Refrigerator Repair - Replacing the Water Inlet Valve (Whirlpool Part# 4389177)

Uploaded by partselect on 22.02.2011

Steve: Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we are going to show you how to change the
water inlet valve kit in your refrigerator. Pretty easy job, you need a quarter inch nut
driver and a sharp utility knife. Let me show you how it’s done. The first step in this
repair will be to pull the refrigerator forward enough so that you can get in behind it and
change the part. Disconnect the electrical supply, pull plug out and turn off the water
inlet supply. Now located in the right rear corner we need to remove two or three screws
here to allow us to pull the cardboard cover out of the way. And so we are self tapping
quarter inch hex head screw, this back cover is an integral part of cooling system, so
we need to reinstall it when we finished our job, so take care not to damage it, that should
give us enough room to work easily.
Water valve is located right here with two more quarter inch machine screws that are
holding the water valve to the cabinet, remove those. Now we can pull the fill valve out
of the cavity, we can gain access to it. We need to disconnect the two electrical harnesses;
they have different size pins, so you can't really mix them up. This type has a compression
type tubing on it, so we need to press it on the collar and the tubing will pull out.
Probably get a little bit of water that will spill in here but it won’t be any amount.
Now the next thing we need to do is clean up our tubing, we will cut off a little bit
off the end there where it’s roughed up from being installed in the old valve that
will ensure we get good clean tight fit. The block of wood to protect your floor with a
sharp knife cut it nice and square so there is no burst. Now the replacement valve you
get may have this extra piece on it. If your existing valve has that on it, you don’t
need to do anything special just reinstall it the same way. Now the case with this refrigerator,
it does not have that extra piece in the back that simply snaps away break it away, discard
Now we just need to reinsert tubing into the new valve. There will be a little resistance
with the old ring in there and then it will eventually bottom out. Little tug to make
sure its firmly in place. Make sure they bottom out then pull them back to make sure they
are nice and tight. Reconnect our harness; again there are two different size terminals,
so you cannot mix them up. Reinstall the two mounting screws; tuck water tubing in place
out of the way, to make sure there are no kinks on it. This is a good time to turn your
water supply back on to make sure we have no leaks. Once you’ve verified that we have
no leaks then close up the back cover. And again, this cardboard cover is important for
proper air circulation, we need to reinstall it. Now we are ready to plug the refrigerator
back in, push it back in its proper location, making sure not to kink the inlet water line.
And our repair is complete. That’s how easy it was to change the water inlet valve. Thanks
for watching and good luck with your repair.