Low Water Pressure in a Whirlpool Fridge
Enjoying a cold glass of water without opening your refrigerator is a great convenience. However, the water pressure in a Whirlpool refrigerator's drinking dispenser may become too low and affect its performance adversely. You can often solve low water pressure problems yourself if you perform a series of checks at various points of the water delivery system.
If your Whirlpool refrigerator is dispensing water at low pressure, the first thing you need to check is the home's water pressure, which varies throughout the day. For example, if water is being used in several places at once, such as the shower, dishwasher, washing machine or sprinkler system, the water pressure will be low due to the increased demand.
If the water pressure in your Whirlpool refrigerator has been consistently low, check the local shutoff or saddle valve. This is typically found either in the wall where the refrigerator's cold water line connects to the water pipe or under the sink. If the valve is turned halfway, the water pressure will be lower than it should be. Ensure it is turned all the way to the "On" position.
Check the cold water hose that connects to the shutoff or saddle valve of your Whirlpool refrigerator for kinks, leaks and blockages. If the hose is kinked or leaking, the water pressure will be lower than it should be. Straighten out the kink to allow water to run freely. If the hose is leaking or blocked, turn off the shutoff or saddle valve, disconnect the hose and remove the blockage or patch the leak. Consider replacing the hose if the leak or blockage is large.
Many Whirlpool refrigerators are equipped with a water filter for the drinking dispenser in the door. These filters can clog over time and cause the water pressure to drop significantly. Replacing the filter will solve this problem. Because Whirlpool refrigerator models have different filters and locations, consult your owner's manual for the type of filter your Whirlpool refrigerator model uses and the instructions for replacing it.
Based in Southern California, Daniel Holzer has been a freelance writer specializing in labor issues, personal finance and green living since 2004. His recent work has appeared online at Green Your Apartment and other websites. Holzer studied English literature at California State University, Fullerton.
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