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Old 10-24-2015, 02:32 AM   #1
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My First "Real" Problem with RW

A couple days ago I saw there was a leak under the sink. Couldn't find it until now. There was a pinhole leak in what I think is the water tube to the ice/water in the fridge. Hole was caused by the sharp staples they use.

I had the same thing happen in my house. Years after it was built we had a flood downstairs. It was caused by a nail in the fridge water line that finally gave way. Filled the wall with water. That was a lot more expensive to fix.

For the RW, I was very happy to see there was a shutoff valve for the line so I can deal with it later.

On a side note, I have been using the electric heater for the hot water, that really, really is working well. I don't ever seem to run out of hot water and it saves gas, very cool.
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:42 AM   #2
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That leak in the ice maker hose has been a common problem lately. I don't know if they changed brands, but its been on the later ones.
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:49 AM   #3
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It needs a metal sleeve where it goes through the penetrations with the "needle" staples, or it will keep happening.
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Old 10-24-2015, 03:16 AM   #4
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We just got ours back from service for the ice maker line but ours was behind the residential fridge and they had to take the fridge out to fix
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:15 AM   #5
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That leak in the ice maker hose has been a common problem lately. I don't know if they changed brands, but its been on the later ones.
Yeah, I have heard plenty complaints about this. So far I have never turned on the water valve for the ice maker. I just get a bag of ice when I get to where I am going. Works well for me, but I will eventually replace the ice maker line so I can feel confidant when I use it.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:32 AM   #6
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Ours leaked I replaced the line and have never turned it back on since not going to take a chance. We don't use that much ice and the Wife likes ice from sonic anyway.
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we have been using ours for the last year fulltime and no issues yet
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:07 PM   #8
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Just repaired on the outside where it had rubbed against the coils. I added a valve out there & shoved the 1/4" line into a larger hose to protect it from happening again. We have used our ice maker from day one & it's fantastic, wouldn't do without it.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:10 PM   #9
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Mine leaked next to the outside panel behind the refrigerator. I turned it off under the sink. It should be simple to replace however the line goes into a hole covered by some puddy and from there I don't know where it goes. How hard is it to replace the line?
Help please
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:29 PM   #10
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For mine, i am going to cut out the bad part and put in a union. If you can actually get to your leak, that might work for you. Another option, have some pull, gently on the line, while your outside and see if you can use the old tube to pull through a new one.
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Just repaired on the outside where it had rubbed against the coils. I added a valve out there & shoved the 1/4" line into a larger hose to protect it from happening again. We have used our ice maker from day one & it's fantastic, wouldn't do without it.

Danny...............you just like those cold ice teas too much!!
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First thing I did when purchasing our new Redwood with residential fridge was to shut the icemaker off & supply line to it. Like others have said, I just buy a bag of ice. We use bottled Spring water for drinking anyway as the RV park water is usually nasty tasting running thru the supply hose.
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I won't touch the ice in a bag - I've seen where that stuff comes from Remember the student project that revealed the ice in McDonalds ice machine had more bacteria growing in it than the urinals!

Love my ice maker - thats why I got it, and why I also got the filter. That ice is for drinks, and we also have one of those portable ice makers that we use to help with the coolers.
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You bet, Guy!! It only makes 7 cubes at a time & we can't use all it makes. Our water is double filtered & softened so the cubes are crystal clear & taste fine.
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We don't have the softener yet, but we're triple filtered, filter outside before entering the RW, the on board filter, and finally the filter in the fridge.
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How often should the whole-house filter be changed?
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It depends on your use. I change ours about 3 times a year & that seems to work for us. Don't know that there's a definite time period.
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Old 12-23-2015, 04:52 PM   #18
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I had the same problem with the same cause. Cut the staples that stuck out 1/2 inch and repaired the tube. It seems to be ok now.
Where did you get the elex hot water heater?
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We have been using our Redwood Refrigerator Ice Maker daily for a year and half now, we have a exterior filter, no problems yet.
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You can tell when your filters need changing as your water pressure will start to drop
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