Leaking water dispensor


Leaking water dispensor

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Kenmore, side-by-side fridge, 363-50242000 20 years old

So a couple of months after you helped me to diagnose a frozen Water Tank Assembly (WR17X11440), the water dispenser started leaking. Perhaps a couple drops a minute...except when the ice maker is filling, then the leak speeds up to 2 drops per second. As soon as the icemaker is full, the dripping gradually slows back down. I am thinking now I have to replace those valves in the back?
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Hello,
Sorry to hear you are having issues again with your refrigerator. A good way to determine if you have a faulty valve causing this issue is to shut the water supply off to the refrigerator, if leaky dispenser stops leaking you know you have a valve not closing all the way and it would need replaced.
Sometimes this issue can occur if you have ice build up in the dispenser area on the inside of the freezer.. tubes, pipes freeze up and then thaw causing a small drip so it is best to shut off water supply and see if the leak continues or not.






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Thank you so much for your reply. I apologize; I am not a good observer. I was incorrect on a couple points:
  • The leak only occurs after use: either dispensing water or filling the automatic ice maker. I was incorrect that is just the icemaker - BOTH dispensing water and filling the icemaker causes the leak.
  • I was also incorrect that it leaks a little all the time. It only leaks after use.
The leak is rapid dripping which slows over about five minutes. A total of about 1 oz leaks out.
Won't shutting off the water stop leaks of all causes?
Possible an air bubble in the filter or somewhere?
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Replaced the filter. No dice. Same problem.
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if it leaks consistently meaning all the time then I would suspect a stuck valve, however the water would most likely be leaking 24 hrs a day. If it is only leaking around the time of the icemaker cycling then I suspect from where the water comes in to the actual icemaker, it sounds as though the icemaker is allowing some water to spill over or there is a leak somewhere on the way to the icemaker. A stuck valve or one that does not totally close will cause water to leak all the time, not just sometimes





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Thank you!...I am sorry I was not clear. The water leaks ONLY after the water dispenser is used AND after the ice maker fills with water. It drips quickly at first, then slows and, after about 5 min stops completely, producing about 2 tablespoons of water. It does not leak at all otherwise.
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That's ok.. I would say there is a valve not closing all the way which could turn into a real big issue if it gets stuck open. I see three different valves on your model and the images are not real clear or informative. This one appears to be the one for the ice and water dispenser, or so it looks that way so I would start with replacing this one and hope it does the trick  https://www.thriftyapplianceparts.com/wr57x10026-ge-refrigerator-water-valve-replacement/





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If the valve does not close all the way why does the leaking stop after a few minutes?
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It may eventually close but there is no other solution i see other than the valve is not fully closing, where else would the water come from is what I was thinking about and there isnt another answer.. the water to the icemaker and water dispensers come from the inlet valve, there is no other source so it leads me to believe the valve is not fully closing when the signal to cut off water is being sent
Could be wrong but you would need a tech on site to diagnose properly .. it's sometimes difficult to do so when not seeing the unit in person






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So is the path of the water -
  1. water pipe
  2. valve 1
  3. filter
  4. valve 2 and 3 leading to...
  5. the icemaker and water dispenser, respectively?
The only other thing I could think of would be air somewhere in the system which compresses and expands, but I just don't think it would happen that slowly. Also, the ice maker causing the leak supports your theory as well. It's very interesting!


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