Today we are going to show you how to put a solenoid in your ice dispenser, which is actually a really easy job. All we are going to need is a Phillip’s screw driver. Let me show you how it’s done.
Before we begin this repair, first thing we are going to do is disconnect the power to the refrigerator. We are going to be working around a electronic circuit board and we don’t want to take any chances, so disconnect the power first.
Next we need to remove this trim panel from around the dispenser, there’s four tabs on each side, we need to press the dispenser towards the centre, this engages the tabs, and remove it.
Next we are going to lower down the control panel, just we are going to push up on it and pull out at the bottom. We can disconnect these wire harnesses, set the control panel aside.
Next we have four Philips screws one in each corner of that assembly, we need to remove those, remove the housing that gives us the access to our solenoid located in the upper right hand corner. There’s, three Philip’s screws that hold that in place, we are going to remove the bottom two and loosen the top one.
Remove the solenoid the plunger will stay connected to the ice maker door, just we have the door pulled around and unhook the plunger from it. Take our new plunger, again open the door, put in the plunger. Install the new solenoid by lining up the plunger with a hole in the solenoid, slide the solenoid into place, reinstall those two bottom screws and tighten the third one on the top. Make sure the door opens and closes freely. (video originally posted on YouTube by user: PartSelect) Put the housing back in place. Make sure it fits over the water tube freely and that we are not pinching any harnesses. Reinstall the four screws that hold that in place. Now we’ll connect the wire harnesses with the control panel again.
Install the control panel by hooking the top into the housing, pressing upwards on it and locking the bottom. You can put the trim piece back on, just snaps into place, four on each side and our repair is complete.
That’s how you put a solenoid assembly into your refrigerator. Thanks for visiting and good luck with your repair.
Fixing a Leaky Toilet
Hear that? It's the dreaded sound of water running in the toilet tank.
A toilet that won't stop running isn't just annoying -- it costs you money. The fix is usually to replace the fill valve and flapper assembly, and here's how it's done.
For starters, head down to the hardware store or your local Home Depot or Lowe's and pick up a standard fill valve kit. Also, round up a pair of pliers and a small bowl or pan.
Next, shut off the toilet's water supply. If your house is less than 20 years old, there should be a shutoff valve for every toilet and faucet. But if your home is older, you may actually have to shut off your home's main water supply.
Place the pan underneath the shutoff valve before it's disconnected, then try to drain as much water as you can out of the tank before disconnecting the supply hose. This will minimize the amount that will drain out when you start taking out the old pieces.
Unscrew the supply house. This can usually be done by hand. If not, use the pliers. There's another bolt holding the old fill valve in place. Remove that as well. Now you're ready open up the top of the tank and remove the old fill valve.
Start by removing the overflow tube, then pull the old unit out (you can place it right there in that pan… see how handy that pan is?)
Next, remove the old flapper valve. This is connected to the bottom of the tank and also attached to the flush handle with a small hook. The flapper is often the culprit in a leaky toilet. You’ll probably notice how the rubber has deteriorated over time.
Lay the old flapper assembly next to the new one and use it as a guide for where to set the hook that connects to the handle. That way, you make sure that the new flapper will operate just like the old one when you flush.
Snap the flapper assembly back in place and attach the chain to the handle.
Next, adjust the new fill tube's height to the manufacturer's specs, then cut and attach the new overflow tube. Now you're ready to install the new fill tube.
Your kit comes with appropriate adapters and connecting nuts so just follow the instructions and use the old tube as a reference. Put the fill tube in the tank and slide the overflow valve onto the overflow tube. Make sure to firmly hand-tighten the lock nut to the base of the fill valve. But don't tighten it too tight, because it's made of plastic and you don't want it to break.
Now, attach the water supply line, again hand tightening until it's good and firm, but not over tightening.
Finally, test your work by turning the water back on. Once the toilet tank is fills, there should be no leaks, and best of all no sound of running water!
Thinking about renovating your home? Here are four things you should consider before taking on any remodeling project.
If you only plan on staying for two or three more years, you might not be able to earn back the money you'd put into major renovations. But smaller projects, like painting, refinishing the floors and updating your hardware will all add appeal without busting your budget.
If you plan on staying in your home for five years or longer, a kitchen or bathroom renovation will give you the best return on your investment. But it's still important to stay on a budget. A good general rule is not to spend more than 25% of the current value of your home on renovations.
Once you've decided on a plan, you need to line up financing. Start by getting estimates from multiple service pros, then decide how you will pay. For example, will you apply for a home-equity line, tap into savings, use a credit card? Choose the option that'll work best for you.
And before you start on any project, make sure the contractor and subcontractors you hire have adequate insurance. Your contractor should carry worker's compensation insurance to cover workers who get injured on the job -- otherwise you may be liable.
And if you plan on expanding your home, you may need to increase your homeowner's coverage. And remember to hold onto all your receipts during the remodel, to make sure all your personal items are covered in case anything happens.
Finally, remember that some renovations can actually cut the cost of owning your home. New plumbing or electric wiring can lower your insurance premiums. Updating windowpanes, adding more insulation or installing solar panels can lower your energy bills.
To help you get a handle on the average cost of each potential upgrade, you could use the CostAdvisor application that is provided by HomeAdvisor. Just enter the basic info, and it'll give you a price estimate for the work you want to do. That's pretty cool!
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