Hi! It’s Steve from PartSelect. Today, we
are going to show you how to change the water dispenser actuator on your refrigerator, and
that’s a really easy job. All we are going to need is a Phillips screwdriver. Let me
show you how we do it. Now before we begin this repair, since we will be working near
some electrical circuits, we will want to disconnect the power to the refrigerator.
So pull it out far enough that you can pull the plug. Next, we are going to pull the little drip
tray out from the dispenser area. It is just a friction fit. So pull it straight forward,
disengage it and pull it out of the way. That will give us access to three Philips screws
that hold this escutcheon to the door panel. So we will remove those three screws and next
we will just lift straight up on that escutcheon. It has a little clipped edge across the top
that engages across the top of the dispenser. So we will then disconnect the wire harness
and we could set that aside. Now next, we will remove three more Phillips
screws that hold the assembly to the door panel. And we will also need to pull the waterline
up through from the spout of the dispenser. And if you can’t pull it out with your hand,
we will just take a pair of Needle-nose pliers and just gently grasp that tubing and pull
it straight up out of the opening. We should be able to pull that assembly out enough at
this point that we can disconnect the harness on the left hand side. We can now take the
assembly and set it on a suitable work surface where we can replace the part. Now with the dispenser assembly on a suitable
work surface, we will begin by just releasing that spring. Just pull that away from the
lever and we are going to loosen the screw on that wide strap. We don’t need to remove
it. We will just loosen it, and then we will remove the Phillips screw on the opposite
side completely with the little strap. At this point, we can tilt that old lever
assembly out of the opening and
discard the old one. We will line up the new one and make sure we get those two pivot points
set down into the cradles. We will pre-position that wide strap and then we will tighten the
screw on it and we will set the narrow strap in place and just start that screw by hand,
and
tighten it up. Then we will take that spring and we will just pull it in through the gap
between the two pivots there and there is a little notch close to the arm on that lever
that will hook that spring in. Make sure that it engages the water dispenser switch and
springs back to this idle position, and now we are ready to reinstall the assembly. Now when reassembling this dispenser assembly,
we will reconnect the wire harness on the left side. We need to make sure that we get
that waterline down into the spout area, so that it just protrudes below the opening.
We will hold it up into place and then with a pair of needle-nose pliers, we could guide
that tubing into the opening, and then carefully push the assembly back into position. We may
need to inch that tubing farther down into the opening. You can let it protrude below
that spout that is beginning until we get amounted in place and then you can push it
backup in position. We will replace the three screws that hold the assembly in place. Now carefully push that tubing back up, so
there is just about flush. Check the operations of both valves. Make sure they are not binding
and then we can put the escutcheon back in place. We will reconnect that 4-pin harness
and tuck that safely into the opening. And we just to make sure that we engage these
three hooks across the top with the 3-rectangular openings in the front panel and then pull
straight down. Install the three screws across the bottom and we will reinstall the drip
tray till it just snaps into place. Now we need to reconnect the power and our repair
is complete. I told you it was an easy job. Thanks for watching and good luck with your
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