> I have an old (c. 1979) Whirlpool fridge that works
> fine. But, the ice maker hasn't been used in about 15
> years, and the inlet valve has dried out and is leaking.
> Here's a pic:
> It's leaking where the plastic body meets the metal
> frame. I'm having trouble finding a replacement online,
> and wondered if it might be possible to repair the old
> one. Putting new gasket material in there might stop
> the leaking, but I don't know exactly what the solenoid
> does to open the valve, so I'm not sure a repair would
> Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
> (The fridge is model EET-172PK. There's no part number
> on the valve.)
I wanted to report that I found the part number of the valve
(627462) on a drawing at one of the appliance parts sites,
and then found new and used ones on Ebay for $20-35. But I
ended up fixing the leaks by inserting a large metal washer
between the plastic valve body and the steel mounting plate.
There are no gaskets, and the design depends on good contact
between the various parts so water won't leak. The washer
just let me tighten down enough to stop the leaks.
And the ice maker itself still works, amazingly enough.