I have a GE GSH25JSRFSS. The water dispenser isn't working but ice maker still works. As the solenoid going to the water dispenser read 0 ohms, I replaced the part, first testing the resistance on the new part which was fine. Still no water through the dispenser after the replacement. I took the new solenoid off and tested it again and this time it read 0 ohms. My best guess is that something is shorting it out. Any idea what it might be or what my next steps should be?

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    Check the input signal to the solenoid. If it's providing a voltage higher than rated, that could damage the coil and cause a short circuit.
    – jwh20
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 21:18
  • Thank you jwh20. The solenoid was rated for 20W. and I tested the amps and volts. 20W = .174A x 115V. All was fine.
    – Jeff
    Commented Jan 25, 2023 at 19:23

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I replaced the controller board (which was easy to do) and still no water. I tested the ohms on the old and new solenoid and now they are reading around 307 ohms. I have no explanation for that. Very strange.

I started thinking maybe there is a clog in the line. In the middle of the water dispenser line I was able to find a connector (at the front bottom left of the refrigerator) which allowed me to separate the line which I did. I pressed the water dispenser handle and water came out at the separation. I put the line back together.

After further research I found out that it was possible for the water to freeze within the line. I took a weed eater line and pushed it through the line where the water comes out and it stopped at 6 inches. I turned off the power on the freezer side, removed all the food from the freezer and left it's door open for a couple of hours. The next time I tested the water dispenser water was coming through. Issue resolved.

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    – FreeMan
    Commented Jan 25, 2023 at 19:22
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    So you found ice in the line? You may have an issue with your defrost and/or blend door from the freezer cabinet causing the temp in the fridge cabinet to drop too low (or maybe you just have the fridge cabinet set too cold).
    – Huesmann
    Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 13:40

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