How to Unclog the Refrigerator's Water Dispenser Line
Dec 08, 2016
Many households use refrigerators with built-in water and ice dispensers. These extremely convenient dispensers negate the need to have a separate water cooler and ice box in the house; the refrigerator's door houses a simple dispensing area for both needs. However, the internal dispenser components, like the dispenser line, can become clogged over time. The clog is commonly made of built-up ice particles. Careful attention to the line's maintenance will help to unclog the hose quickly.
Slide the refrigerator from the wall. Ask a friend to help with the movement if it is a particularly large appliance. Make sure not to pull it out too far; the electrical cord can become stretched or damaged.
Unplug the electrical cord from the wall outlet.
Hand remove the dispenser's tray from the front of the refrigerator and place aside. There should be two to three screws underneath the tray's assembly, depending on the refrigerator model.
Remove the exposed screws with a screwdriver. Pull the faceplate up and carefully lift away from the refrigerator's front side. Hand remove the electronic connector attached to the faceplate from the refrigerator's control panel. Place faceplate aside.
Remove the newly exposed screws on the top of the control panel. Carefully pull the control panel away from the main refrigerator assembly. You should see a water tube behind this control panel.
Visually inspect the water tube. It should not have any pinches or cracks. The blockage should be transparent ice, rather than a colored blockage denoting another issue. Any clog other than ice should be removed by a professional refrigerator technician.
Reverse steps 3 through 5 to reattach the faceplate and control panel. Carefully press the control panel and faceplate back into the refrigerator opening so that no wires or water tubing is pinched or damaged.
Allow the refrigerator to remain unplugged for approximately two hours to allow the ice clog to defrost.
Plug the refrigerator back into the wall outlet.
Adjust the refrigerator's temperature at its control panel to a warmer temperature than before the defrosting process. An extremely cold interior temperature will cause the water tubes to fill with ice again.
Dispense both water and ice from the refrigerator’s dispenser area on the front of the appliance to verify that both functions work normally after allowing the interior temperature to adjust for 24 hours.
Push the refrigerator back into its normal position.