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Old 03-20-2020, 05:37 PM   #1
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Dewinterized. Busted fridge lines.

Third winter, others were much colder, and for some reason I didnít dodge the bullet this one.

Blew out with air, disconnected at the base of the fridge, removed filter, yada, yada, and the lines still froze and busted at back of the fridge,

What pain am I looking at to repair? Can I go in from below?

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Old 03-20-2020, 05:43 PM   #2
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It's probably the 1/4" on the fridge. Only way to fix that is pull the fridge out. Could be the electric valve back there too.
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:46 PM   #3
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It's probably the 1/4" on the fridge. Only way to fix that is pull the fridge out. Could be the electric valve back there too.
Right, but there is an island in the way. Looking for 377 specific tricks.
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:56 PM   #4
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Right, but there is an island in the way. Looking for 377 specific tricks.
Just spit balling, but you could take the doors off, then I would think that u could squeeze behind to get at that line??
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Old 03-20-2020, 06:26 PM   #5
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Just spit balling, but you could take the doors off, then I would think that u could squeeze behind to get at that line??
Hmm, maybe!

Open for more spitballs!

I know Iím not the first guy to get bit by this.
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Old 03-20-2020, 07:32 PM   #6
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On my prior rig I had done the same, blew out the lines etc, etc, etc... and in the spring I had a busted valve at the back of the fridge. I had to pull the fridge from the cabinet and do the rep[air and then roll the fridge back in place. I had to improvise a platform (2 4x4 fence posts) to roll the fridge onto because it sat approx 4 inches higher than the floor.


Here is the link. to my thread on the Thor forum where I discussed the issue in detail.

https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f8...w-up-3717.html

Here is a pic of the valve I had to replace. You can see the crack on the lower left side just above the metal plate. The plastic valve is more susceptible to breaking (less flex) than the ice maker water lines.


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Old 03-20-2020, 07:56 PM   #7
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This was my first winter with a fridge to winterize. I did my best and Iíve already decided if it has a damaged line Iím just going to plug the fridges water line and call it good. I donít need an ice maker/dispenser or water dispenser anyways.
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My compression fitting at the fridge started to leak a year after we got it. Being I was an appliance delivery guy back in the day, i knew how this stuff comes apart and goes together. With the slide out, I took the doors off the fridge, took off the brackets that hold the fridge in, top and bottom, made a makeshift floor to roll the fridge all the way out to the island. I put a moving blanket on the island as to not mark up the island or fridge. I squiggled the fridge over just a little bit so I could fit between it and the stove. In behind it, I made my repair, compression fitting must have been put on when the guy was either drunk or high, I turned the water on and no more leak. Reverse the take out process and things have been fine ever since.
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Old 03-21-2020, 09:02 AM   #9
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This was my first winter with a fridge to winterize. I did my best and Iíve already decided if it has a damaged line Iím just going to plug the fridges water line and call it good. I donít need an ice maker/dispenser or water dispenser anyways.

Iíll second this. My wife still wonít drink from the dispenser anyway(a battle Iíll never win). We can bring ice with us. Plenty of room in the freezer.

Like the OP, Iíd have to pull the slide or the island to get behind the fridge. Neither of those is in my wheel house of ambitions.
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Old 03-21-2020, 08:12 PM   #10
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The whirlpool in my 377 did the same last year. Blew out the lines but it wasnít good enough. When I de -winterized last April I had water coming out from behind. I asked jayco to look at it when it was in for the crack repair. They said the valve at the water inlet cracked. Fridge has to come out. Someone made a platform to roll it onto and removing the doors would definitely give you more room.

This year I ran pink stuff through the fridge de-winterized a coupe of days ago and all good.

I also plan to put the hatch that the 2020 models have behind my fridge. Unfortunately I ordered the wrong color - have one that matches a pinnacle if anyone is interested- and need to order the color for my North point.
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On my prior rig I had done the same, blew out the lines etc, etc, etc... and in the spring I had a busted valve at the back of the fridge. I had to pull the fridge from the cabinet and do the rep[air and then roll the fridge back in place. I had to improvise a platform (2 4x4 fence posts) to roll the fridge onto because it sat approx 4 inches higher than the floor.


Here is the link. to my thread on the Thor forum where I discussed the issue in detail.

https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f8...w-up-3717.html

Here is a pic of the valve I had to replace. You can see the crack on the lower left side just above the metal plate. The plastic valve is more susceptible to breaking (less flex) than the ice maker water lines.


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I had the same thing happen on my 2018 377- first time winterizing. By taking the doors off the fridge we could slide it forward enough to get behind fridge and change the part out. The part was fairly universal and a local appliance shop had in stock. It wasn't easy but it wasn't terrible.

I now use RV anti-freeze through everything and don't rely on blowing it out. Sanitize annually and we can't taste anything in the water. We use the heck out of the icemaker!
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