Turning off the water supply to the refrigerator does not come up often. So, people tend to panic when the need arises. Yet, cutting water flow to your unit is not too complex a task.
You may have to cut the water supply to your refrigerator to clean some parts or do some maintenance. But whatever the reason, it is easy to figure out how to turn off the water supply.
The process differs slightly from model to model but is pretty much the same. For example, recent Samsung French door refrigerator models have similar designs.
You can figure out how to turn off the water supply to many models when you know the steps for one. It is more or less a general method.
Turning off the water supply to your Samsung refrigerator is a classic DYI!
To turn off the water supply to your Samsung refrigerator, close the water supply valve. You do not need to turn off the water supply for the whole house. That works too, but it causes too much distress. Instead, locate the refrigerator shut-off valve and use it to turn the water supply off.
How to Know the Valve When You See It?
It is easy to find the refrigerator water shut-off valve when it is on the refrigerator. That is the case in recent Samsung French door refrigerator models.
You can find the refrigerator water shut-off valve behind the water filter. When you find the valve on the unit, it is a simple knob you can turn on and off.
Otherwise, you can find it under the kitchen sink, basement, or refrigerator cabinet.
Though the shape and design of the water inlet valve may differ, that is nothing to make you worry. Just know what a saddle valve is and the position of the water supply line for cold water.
The saddle valve resembles the saddle of a horse. It fits over the water pipe like a saddle over horseback.
You only have to find the cold water line closest to the refrigerator and inspect it. You will notice a saddle valve and knob at a point on the water line. That is the water supply valve.
How to Locate the Refrigerator Water Shut-off Valve?
The water shut-off valve on the supply line is often in the cabinet next to the refrigerator. You can also find it under the kitchen sink or in the basement.
You will ALWAYS find the refrigerator shut-off valve on the cold water pipe in your home.
The water supply valve is behind the water filter on recent Samsung French door models. You can find the water filter on what Samsung calls the Water Filter Case Assembly.
The valve controls the water flow to the dispenser and the ice maker. When the valve fails, it can cause water not to flow to the ice maker or water dispenser.
It can also cause water to leak out of the dispenser or into the fill tube onto the ice maker.
The water valve has two solenoids. They control water flow to the dispenser and ice maker. It also has a flowmeter that measures the water flowing through the valve.
So, the flowmeter can suggest when to change the refrigerator water filter. You get alerts to change water filters after using about 600 gallons.
Or approximately after 5-6 months of constant water supply to your refrigerator.
If you do not find the valve behind the refrigerator, the installation of the water supply shows where it is.
You will find the water inlet valve in the basement if the supply line runs through a hole on the floor. The usual position is at the top of the basement, very close to the ceiling.
You will find the valve under the kitchen sink if it runs through a hole in a side cabinet.
So, you can find the water inlet valve on the refrigerator or under the kitchen sink, basement, or cabinet.
How to Turn Off the Refrigerator Water Supply Valve?
When you find the water shut-off valve, do not be in a rush to turn it off just yet. It is wise to turn off the ice maker first. That allows it to complete its cycle fully.
If you leave the icemaker on before cutting the water flow, it will continue to cycle. That can damage the valve, and it will lose its function. That is, to cut water flow to the refrigerator.
Once the ice maker is off, you can move to close the water valve to your refrigerator. If your unit has its valve behind the filter, turn it to line up with the marking on it.
The arrow on the valve should face down directly. Only a simple flick of the valve and the refrigerator water supply is off!
It is the same for valves you do not find on the refrigerator. Turn the valve handle clockwise to turn off the water supply. With some knobs, you only have to turn them about 90 degrees.
Sometimes, you have to turn them all the way. Still, turn the knob until it stops. But do not turn it too hard so you can turn it on and off without trouble.
You may need a pair of pliers to turn the valve if it is stiff. The valve becomes that way when it stays untouched for a long time.
If you find the refrigerator water valve in the basement, you may need a ladder to get to it.
It is usually close to the basement ceiling, directly under the refrigerator. The same method goes for it. Turn the valve until it stops.
When you turn off the water valve, you can check your refrigerator for water supply. If you still notice a water supply, you have a faulty refrigerator water valve.
You then have to contact a professional for repairs. But there is still a way to cut the water supply to your refrigerator without a working valve.
You can turn off the water supply to the kitchen or whole house as the case may be. But that method only works if you have to turn off the water supply for a short time.
It is out of the question if you have to turn off the water supply to the refrigerator for long periods. The best and most convenient way is to use the refrigerator water valve.
When to Turn Off the Refrigerator Water Supply Valve?
Though the need to turn off the water supply to the refrigerator does not arise often, there are a few instances.
#1. When Installing a New Refrigerator Unit
You have to turn off the water supply to the refrigerator here because the water will keep running. Turn off the refrigerator water supply to avoid spills on the kitchen floor.
#2. When Carrying Out Repairs on the Refrigerator
It is a safety precaution to turn off the water supply to the refrigerator during repairs. You may have to move the unit often.
So, the motion may sever the water line. Turning off the water supply here lessens the risk of electrocution.
#3. When Changing the Water Filter
In some refrigerator models, you must turn the water supply off to change water filters. That was a bummer for most users who had to change the refrigerator water filter.
But, you do not have to turn off the water to the latest French door refrigerator models to change the filters.
#4. When There Is a Water Leak in or Around the Refrigerator
Sometimes you may see a water spill near your refrigerator or at the bottom of the compartment.
The water leak may come from either of the following places.
- The Autofill water pitcher
- The refrigerator’s water filter
- The back wall of the refrigerator
- From the dispenser, under the drawers, the fridge, or other areas.
You should turn off the water supply to your refrigerator when checking for water leaks.
You can turn off the water supply to your refrigerator when you close the water valve. Locate it behind the unit, under the kitchen sink, basement, or refrigerator cabinet.
Turn the valve until it stops. That stops the water supply. If you notice a faulty valve, you can turn off the water supply to your kitchen or the whole house.