Water Filter Time!

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Since it’s summertime there are a few more appliances to be aware of when it comes to maintenance. This time around it is the water filter. It may not be a big item and on the radar, but not replacing the water filter can have some negative effects, especially since it will be getting used a lot more now since the hot weather has arrived.

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What to check when the refrigerator water dispenser is not working

refrigerator-water-dispenserA refrigerator water dispenser that is not dispensing any water or that is dispensing water slowly, might have an issue with a number of parts. However, the first and easiest thing you should check is the water filter.

Over time, refrigerator water filters gather impurities from the water that they filter, which can lead to a buildup of impurities inside the filter itself.  Changing your water filter could possibly fix the problem of a slow water filter dispenser or one that does not work at all.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Kitchen Appliances

Spring Cleaning For Your Kitchen AppliancesAppliances need cleaning too, and we’re not just talking about wiping up spills and splatters. Soap, dirt and debris from everyday use can accumulate inside and outside your appliance, making it work harder in order to perform and possibly costing your money. Lack of cleaning and maintenance can also lead to a possible early breakdown. Here’s what needs cleaning on your appliance.

Dishwasher

a Dishwasher Rack Repair Kit

Remove the racks from your dishwasher and check them over for chips and cracks in the vinyl coating. Use a Dishwasher Rack Repair Kit to fix any tines on your dishwasher rack to prevent the metal underneath from rusting.

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Why does my ice maker keep freezing up?

The ice maker fill tube can be accessed from the back of the refrigerator depending on the model.

The ice maker fill tube can be accessed from the back of the refrigerator depending on the model.

A refrigerator ice maker that freezes up can be caused by a frozen ice maker fill tube, faulty water inlet valve, too low freezer temperature setting, or a water filter that needs replacing.

Warning! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more

First, locate the water supply to your ice maker and turn off the water supply via the shut off valve. You may want to have a bucket and towels on hand for any extra remaining water in the water supply line.

Fill Tube and Water Supply Line Frozen

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

The fill tube and water supply line supplies water to your ice maker. The fill tube can be a separate part that connects to the water supply line and it enters from the back of your freezer and into your icemaker. You may need to remove your icemaker to see this tube and to check if it is frozen.

If the fill tube is frozen, you will need to thaw it out using hot water pored over the tube using a turkey baster, or else remove this part from your refrigerator and thaw it out in the sink. You can remove this part from behind your fridge by unscrewing a few screws and detaching the water supply line. Thaw in your sink and reattach.

Some methods suggest using a hairdryer to thaw out this part.  Be careful when using this method as dripping water and electricity could lead to a possible electric shock. Also, exposure to long periods of heat could damage the fill tube part.

Replace the Water Filter

If you have a refrigerator water filter, check to see if it needs replacing or consider replacing it.

Reset the Freezer Temperature

Check the temperature setting on your freezer as it might be set too low. You may want to bump it up a degree or two.

Refrigerator water inlet valve with water supply line attached.

Refrigerator water inlet valve with water supply line attached.

Water Inlet Valve

Water Inlet Valve. Dual outlet water valve used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators with water dispensers and ice makers.

Test the Water Inlet Valve

You may want to also test the water inlet valve. The water inlet valve controls the flow of water into the ice maker and is located in the rear of the refrigerator behind the back access panel. Sometimes this part can go bad and overfill the ice cube tray when it is not needed.

The water inlet valve also has a screen filter that can become clogged with sediment and minerals from hard water over time. Remove the water inlet vale from the refrigerator and use a flat head screw driver to remove the sediment screen from the part. Clean the filter screen using soap and warm water and replace.  Reassemble all parts and test your ice maker.

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Don’t miss these items when cleaning out your refrigerator

Don’t miss these items when cleaning out your refrigerator“Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” is coming up on Nov. 15 and aside from this being a good idea, due to Thanksgiving and other holidays coming up, keeping your refrigerator clean and neat will help save you money and possibly keep you from becoming sick.

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Enjoy filtered water and ice from your refrigerator with the GE SmartWater Exterior Refrigerator and icemaker Inline Filter System (GXRLQ)

For refrigerators without built-in filters, works with most types of refrigerators

Enjoy clean, filtered water and ice from your refrigerator, even without a built-in water filter, with the new GE SmartWater Exterior Refrigerator and Icemaker Inline Filter System (GXRLQ).

GE SmartWater Exterior Refrigerator and Icemaker Inline Filter System GXRLQ

The system works with most types of top-freezer and side-by-side refrigerators and is housed behind the refrigerator.  Once installed, Continue reading