Handyman

Repair to refrigerator’s water dispenser is frustrating

Updated: 2013-12-22T03:03:09Z

By ALAN J. HEAVENS

The Philadelphia Inquirer

I have a Maytag side-by-side refrigerator. The water dispenser is not dispensing. It starts dispensing and ends up a trickle. The ice maker is producing thin ice cubes.

I had tried to replace the water inlet valve in the appliance, but that did no good. The water line does not seem to be blocked. When I take off the filter, which I replaced in June, and press the water dispenser, no water comes out the filter head.

There’s a good reason why I was passed over for the role of Maytag repairman in 2007, but I will suggest two things.

The first is to go to RepairClinic.com, which lists five possibilities, and explains each and prices the part needed for the repair.

The possibilities are: The water tube in the door is frozen; the water inlet valve; low pressure from the house supply; the water filter, or the door switch.

My other suggestion: Go to Whirlpool.com to get some product help.

I have carpet over asbestos tile in my basement. I have three cats and one of them, not sure who, has been wetting the carpet.

I have cleaned the carpet numerous times, but my question is: Can I pull up the carpet and somehow have cement poured over the tile and then paint that? This is a large room, about 28 by 17 feet. I’m getting ready to list my house and need some way to make it marketable.

“Before resorting to some kind of coating, a commercial pet stain and odor-removal product would be a first choice,” says Joe Ponessa, professor emeritus at Rutgers University. “Another alternative would be to cover the stained areas with activated charcoal, available at pet stores and perhaps pharmacies. This is a treated charcoal with legendary ability to adsorb chemicals and odors, functioning like a chemical magnet. It would be spread on the affected areas and renewed every couple of days. I would try this for a week or two.

“By the way, the ultimate resource for products to deal with severe stains and odors is a mortuary supply company.”

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