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Old 06-24-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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Fridge water tube leaking

I have a problem with my ice make water tube leaking. I caused this by having too much water pressure (90lb). I was at a new campcroung near Greenwood, SC with only one other MH there. I have never been in a campgroung with this much pressure so I did not use a reducer fot 12 hours. I then discovered the frige was leaking and found it was coming in from the back on the outside. It was the valve that controls the water flow to the ice maker. What is this called and can it be replaced by me?
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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You can buy the valve from a RV parts supplier. You need to know your frig model number and it is called a water valve. Are you sure it is the valve and not the actual hose?
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It's a solenoid valve with compression fittings have you tried tightening the water line a little.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:07 PM   #4
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I can not see any fitting on the valve but I have not tried taking it apart. I wanted to see how hard it would be to replace or repair.
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It would help to know the make and model of the fridge. Sometimes the plastic tubing going from the valve to the icemaker becomes old and brittle due to age. It can crack or get a pinhole in it and then leaks when under pressure. Try to narrow down where the leak is actually comming from.

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It should have 2 water lines 1 in and 1 out generally plastic lines held one by a compression nut if the tube is not split you maybe able to tighten the nut if plastic you can try just using your fingers mine was loose from the factory.
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It would help to know the make and model of the fridge. Sometimes the plastic tubing going from the valve to the icemaker becomes old and brittle due to age. It can crack or get a pinhole in it and then leaks when under pressure. Try to narrow down where the leak is actually comming from.

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Had a water leak coming from ice maker water line at the back side of the refer compartment. The leak actually was in the plastic line that goes between the solenoid valve for the ice maker refill and the spout near the top where water actually enters into the freezer section at the ice tray. The cause of the plastic line to start leaking is due to a heating wire wrapped around the fill pipe to keep the water from freezing in winter weather conditions. The heater wire cooks the plastic pipe which gets brittle and cracks easily causing leakage. The leak occurs only during the ice maker refill part of its cycle. In my case, only the line between the solenoid valve and the top of the refill line needed replacing. I replaced plastic with 1/4 inch copper tubing and fixed the leak for the cost of the tubing and some aluminum foil adhesive tape similar to what was already there. Here is a link to some photos showing my repairs. NDR1292 removal - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery

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Don't forget to transfer the aluminum strip with molded wire wrapped around the valve, it's the heating wire and it doesn't come with a new valve.
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My understanding is that the fresh water system in a MH is built to take 100 psi of pressure. I doubt that caused the problem. Like what has been posted alread is that the plastic tube had gone bad. If this is the first time out since winter storage then maybe there was water left in that tube over winter that froze and cracked the tube or popped it out of the fitting.
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I too believe the problem is most likely leaky tubing. But if you truly need a new valve, I would take it off and go to Lowes, etc. When I replaced my icemaker, I got the replacement at Lowes ...an exact match except for the ice tray ...and it came with a new valve.
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I have a problem with my ice make water tube leaking. I caused this by having too much water pressure (90lb). I was at a new campcroung near Greenwood, SC with only one other MH there. I have never been in a campgroung with this much pressure so I did not use a reducer fot 12 hours. I then discovered the frige was leaking and found it was coming in from the back on the outside. It was the valve that controls the water flow to the ice maker. What is this called and can it be replaced by me?
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90% of the time, We found that the seal on the inlet side of the water line at the water valve was pushed out of position. Take a pair of pliers and loosen the the 3/4 brass nut. look under the brass adapter and check the flat rubber seal.
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Is this the connection on the supply side of the Solenoid.. Try tightening it just a bit. It is a common compression fitting..

If you have the extra line you can pick up a new nut and insert and compression thing at the hardware and try it.. This is all 100% standard hardware nothing special about it and it should be able to survive 100 PSI or more. with no problems.. However on an RV it can "Loosen" a bit.

Page 2: The Solenoid:

Replacement Dometic from Camping World (The authorized parts store) last time I checked..... 120.00 plus tax

Replacement AMANA 2 stage (Built in regulator, then valve) 27 dollars delivered.

Both run on 120vac, both have quarter inch cmpression in and out, The Amana comes with an assortment of mounting adapters.. I had to drill one hole.

Saved 100 dollars.

I did have to adjust the "Cube size" adjustment inside the freezer.

And the cube size is the same no matter if I'm on house pump or city water due to the regulator stage in the solenoid.

Note; There are basically only 2x2 Soleonids, I"ve described one of the "2s" (Valve only or Regulator/valve) the other two is quarter inch compression or 3/4 inch Garden hose inlet. The Garden hose kind come with an adapter to the common quarter inch compression. I have used 3 different solenoids on this uint for assorted reasons, And they all worked just fine. I picked the AMANA based on price, not on any other cnsideration, Just price.
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