Jordan from Point & Click Appliance repair will walk you through a quick step-by-step process on how to test your refrigerator’s water valve.

WARNING: Before starting any repair on your appliance, always make sure that it is completely disconnected from its power source by unplugging it.

Step-By-Step Process On How To Test Your Refrigerator’s Water Valve:

1. Disconnect unit from power source
2. Disconnect the water supply line (be sure to have a towel or bucket handy for any excess water spills)
3. Remove back panel of the refrigerator
4. Locate water valve
5. Disconnect fill line and wire harnesses from the water valve
6. Push down on tabs to remove water hoses
7. Take your multi-meter and set to lowest Ohms. If you have an analog meter, touch probes to zero out.
8. Touch one probe to each terminal ( should read between 200-500)
9. Reassemble parts and back panel
10. Reconnect power source

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10 thoughts on “How To Test Your Fridge’s Water Valve

  1. Anthony K says:

    Yes, perhaps you can help me. I have a Frigidaire FGHS2655PF5A refrigerator. About two week ago I replaced the water inlet valve for this model. A rather simple installation I thought since I have installed numerous water inlet valves. However, this installation took on a whole new meaning. I removed the four water lines from the old water inlet valve along with their corresponding power plugs and installed them on the new water inlet valve. Then I attached the solenoid power connectors and attached the water supply line . I wanted to test the valve before closing up the lower panel so I turned on the water and pressed the door water dispenser. Water was coming out of the water inlet valve rear port designated as the out-going filter line. I also had leakage from the 5/16-in clear pvc line that ran to the water dispensing switch. The attachment ports on the water inlet valve are the gator-push-in type with the blue locking horseshoe. I removed the rear water filter -in line and the door water dispenser line from the yellow solenoid valve, re-cut the line(s) and re-inserted them back into the designated ports, connected the water and tested the water inlet value once more. The water lines still leaked. One thing I happen to notice, the 5/16-in water lines would not properly seat into the 5/16-in port opening.

  2. Larry Bohen says:

    Our Kenmore side by side refrigerator ice make does NOT make ice even though the water pressure to the dispenser is fine. I've tested the water dispenser and it fills (8) ounces in about (12) seconds. Could a defective water inlet valve be preventing ice making?

  3. KeepEmHonest says:

    Thank you for this video! This is the correct way to test. I watched another video where the guy had live wires from an electrical cord to plug into the valve. Didn't feel comfortable doing that. I was able to successfully test my valve and find that indeed the freezer side was bad! Ordering a new part! My ohms were 000.8 for the freezer side and 348.0 for the fridge valve. So happy I was able to diagnose this way!

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