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Low water pressure after changing fridge water filter

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
July 12th, 2011

I have a GE Profile refrigerator (model#PSS26MSWA SS) and I changed the water filter. It sounded like an air bubble got in the line and I instantly lost water pressure from my water dispenser. I tried to change the new filter back to the old filter but still low water pressure so I went back to the new filter. I have purged the line by filling up 2 straight gallons (actually before the 2nd gallon was full the water stopped completely at about the 6 minute mark; after releasing trigger for 5-10 sec I tried again and it restarted to complete the 2 gallon purge). I also tried removing the filter and running the water dispenser which trickled for a few seconds then stopped all together. Just wondering what to try next to get water bubble out or is it a problem with my water pressure/line? Thanks!

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I have the same kind of GE Profile refrigerator (model#PSS26MSWA SS) as Eric with same problem…

Just like Eric, I changed the water filter. It sounded like an air bubble got in the line and I instantly lost water pressure from my water dispenser. I tried to change the new filter back to the old filter but still low water pressure so I went back to the new filter. Thanks!
by Manage My Life
July 12th, 2011
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scott d
I'm sorry for the confusion. The water from the main supply will go straight to the filter on this model and from the filter the water runs down to the water inlet valve, located in back of the refrigerator at the bottom (see picture). The small blue cylinder should be the inlet valve (# 800 in picture). Turn the main water supply valve at the wall off and now disconnect the water line that runs down from the filter to the inlet valve behind the refrigerator. Place this line in a pitcher and turn the water supply back on. If water does not come out with good pressure there, the filter housing # WR17X12203 will need to be replaced. If the pressure is still ok, the water valve # WR57X10070 will need to be replaced. I hope this will help you.
by scott d
February 22nd, 2011
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I disconnected the hose coming off the wall from the water line to the fridge and there was good water pressure coming from the wall hose. After that I lost you not knowing what "valve" you were referring to since I only seem to have that one connection from the hose coming off the wall and the water line to the fridge. From that connection the water line enters the upper back of the fridge where water filter is on the inside. I took the metal panel off this site but this seemed pretty well insulated so I didn't want to interfere with that. The line exits at the same point and runs down to the bottom left where it connects to a flat stand that has a small blue cylinder underneath. From this blue cylinder there appears to be a black line that runs to the right side where the ice machine is. When you say "disconnect the valve from the unit and now disconnect the water line from the back of the water valve", at what point in this series are you referring to? What is the difference between the "valve" and the "water valve"? It seems like you're asking me to disconnect the line at the valve (which I assume to be in the wall) as well as another point along the series which seems redundant. If it's any help it also makes a whistling noice from the water filter inside the fridge both when the water dispenser is going and periodically on its own. Thanks for your patience and great advice, keep them coming!
by Manage My Life
February 21st, 2011
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I can understand your concern. You have received some good information but this may be a different problem. First, I recommend checking the water pressure to the refrigerator. To make this check, disconnect power from the unit and pull it out far enough to lower the back panel cover. Now shut the water supply valve off and disconnect the water line from the inlet valve. Place the end of the water line in a pitcher and turn the water back on. If the water comes out slow, it could be a problem with the supply valve or the water pressure itself. A plumber may be needed for this. If water comes out with good pressure, shut the water back off and reconnect the water line. Disconnect the valve from the unit and now disconnect the water line from the back of the water valve. If it has push in type connections, I'm sending a picture of how this type of connection works. With the water line loose, place the valve facing the pitcher to catch the water and reconnect the power. Now activate the dispenser lever and if water comes out slow, the valve # WR57X10070, will need to be replaced. If water comes out under pressure, the filter housing # WR17X12203 will probably need to be replaced. I hope this helps you. If you would like more assistance, any additional details will be helpful. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

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by scott d
February 21st, 2011
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I was referring to the water filter in my fridge. That link seems to relate to water filters attached to the main water line so unfortunately it was not pertinent to my question.
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by Manage My Life
February 19th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
I know how important it is to have proper water pressure coming out of your water dispenser so that you can enjoy a nice cup of water. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some tips about what may be causing your problem. I hope my link is useful.
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by Joseph Perez
February 19th, 2011
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