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Question DetailsAsked on 10/13/2014

I am having issues with my icemaker and water dispenser working very slowly. Already changed the filter too.

I have several appliance repair companies tell me I need a plumber rather than a appliance repair
person come out.

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The repair techs should have turned off the water supply line, disconnected the line from the reefer, held it in a bucket, then turned it back on to ensure you have adequate water flow. If so, then not a plumber issue and a is a problem in the internal workings of the reefer, so an Appliance Repairman issue. If no or very low flow, then a plumber issue betweenthere and the source of the water - usually under the sink. Did they say you were getting inadequate flow to the reefer ?

If so, my first guess would be a pinched or kinked water line right behind the reefer (especially if reefer was recently moved or pulled out for cleaning), though the needle valves sometimes used by plumbers as shutoff valves are subject to clogging too - especially if a "hot tap" valve, which only has a very small opening - looks like this typically, rather than a true "faucet" or in-line valve soldered or compression fitted into the line,,which is in-line with the pipeand does not have a saddle or clamp aroundthe pipe -

the "saddle" or clamp goes around a cold water pipe and the valve is then torqued down, pushing the little spike into the pipe making a very small hole that the water then enters the valve through, and exits through the open compression fitting at the upper right of the image into the line feeding the reefer. Try closing that valve down - not real hard, just till it stops firmly, then reopen the valve to see if that solves it - sometimes a small bit of crud or corrosion gets in the punched hole andpartly or fully blocks it off.

If that does not solve it, then I guess Search the List for a plumber with good reviews (or use one you have had good experience with in the past) - probably about $125-200 depending on whether just a minor line repair or valve replacement (low end) or total replacement ofthe line to the reefer (very rarely needed).

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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