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Frozen water line in the door
« on: May 25, 2011, 09:20:07 AM »
What do you guy do when the water line is frozen in the door.. the metal liner I know have a heater but this one is plastic.

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Offline niobrara

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 05:21:24 PM »
I disconnect it at the bottom of the door and put a steamer at the water line.Used to use a blower on a vacuum but the steamer is faster.

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 08:24:17 PM »
I keep some of that pex on my truck, cut the head off a screw and use that to connect the old and new pieces, disconnect the tube at the bottom of the door.  Push on the dispenser side and pull on the bottom of the door and feed a new tube in.
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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 08:33:53 PM »
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cut the head off a screw and use that to connect the old and new pieces

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 10:36:26 PM »
Now that I have never tried. Have you ever had one that would not feed ?

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 01:34:18 PM »
Not yet, but I always check the bottom hinge by pushing up on the tube a little and making shre I can hear it in the door, the only tight bend is in the dispenser.
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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2011, 10:16:39 AM »
What will prevent the new water line from freezing? Isn't this a common problem in certain models because when they were initially built, some of the lines were laid too close to the inner door which caused them to freeze? If the problem repeats itself, would one have to get a new door or is there an insulated water line that may help?

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 07:44:40 PM »
I've only had one that re-froze, so I replaced the door.  When that one froze they got a new machine.  All IW.
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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011, 07:19:25 PM »
I used a hair dryer to heat up that portion of the freezer door where the water line is and it eventually unfroze.  I pressurized the line first by using the water dispenser, that way when it finally did get unfroze it would let me know by shooting out water.  I was going to cover that portion of the door with some of that Frost King FV15H insulating tape to see if that would cure the problem but haven't had a chance to try it yet. 

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2011, 08:30:14 AM »
They do sell a heater kit if it's a recuring problem.  Part WR49X10173  I have never instaled one but it's an option if it's a continuous hassle.  I have unfrozen one by just keeping the freezer door open taping the door switch and continously pressing the water control for about 10 minutes.  Not the best way of doing it but in my swim trunks at a party I improvised :D

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2011, 10:16:45 AM »
Great info rego, thanks!

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Re: Frozen water line in the door
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2011, 10:30:12 PM »
The WR49X10173 is for metal liner models only.  I've installed a few of the kits and they seem to work well.  It takes about day for the line to defrost after you install it.  
I don't know of any kits for plastic liner fridges. The only fix I know of is replacing the door.  Have them call GE and see if they'll comp it.

 

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