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GE WR49X10173 Dispenser Water Tube Heater for Refrigerator

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GE WR49X10173 Dispenser Water Tube Heater for Refrigerator.

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Technical Details
Part Number WR49X10173
Item Weight0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions4.7 x 4 x 2.5 inches
Item model numberWR49X10173
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description1 year manufacturer warranty
  
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ASINB004H3XWCO
Best Sellers Rank #21,183 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First AvailableAugust 2, 2008
  
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163 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Joel O on November 13, 2012
Get this part direct from GE for free.

UPDATE: 5/2015
As per most of the reviews below, this part still continues to be sent for free from GE. It would appear that most if not all of the reviewers here have GE refrigerators that are out of warranty. So do not let that discourage you, as that did not matter in our case nor with others. Additionally, you may have to hang up with a representative that is not helpful and call back again in hope of getting someone more responsive to your issue. This seems to be a big problem with these refrigerators....it only makes sense for GE to do some damage control by working with their consumers since a happy customer is potentially a repeat customer (and this part probably costs GE only 20 cents to make). Concerning installation, the directions are not the greatest but there are several helpful youtube videos online that simplify the process. Try searching "GE water dispenser ". There are also many useful tips mentioned here by other reviewers. So it is definitely a doable project with minimal tools(screw driver & pliers). In the meantime, using a hair dryer directly behind the ice/water dispenser may be a temporary fix to get your water flowing again.

11/2012: We had the same problem with the water line freezing inside the freezer door. I determined this myself after reading all the instructions for diagnosing this problem that are all over the internet. Apparently this is a very common problem, stemming from not enough insulation between the water line and the interior panel of the freezer door. From my reading, I understand that GE's original solution was to send out a new, updated, freezer door for free, and cover the cost of it's installation.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nathan F on February 19, 2013
I called GE customer service 1-800-386-1215 and told them the problem. I didn't even have to argue to get it free. I gave them the part number that is being sold here, and they shipped it to me in 48 hours.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Koch, Esq. on February 17, 2011
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The water dispenser on my GE refrigerator would freeze up every so often; sometimes after only a couple weeks and sometimes after a few months. What a crappy design by GE. Nonetheless, after searching around a bit on the self repair sites like f**ya I discovered this little baby. I was a bit intimidated at first because it's "electrical" but decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. It's really a low voltage splice that snaps together. No wire nuts. No stripping wire. The install was very easy (maybe 30 minutes, and I took my time). It's been a few weeks and no more frozen water. The hardest part of the job was pulling off some of the trim work so I could get to the innards. Just pull up gently and it will come apart.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Gilbert on January 29, 2012
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This product was relatively easy to install and it took me about 15 minutes. I knew it was the line freezing because I disconnect at the bottom of the fridge and tested the pump first.

The wire is self adhesive by the foil tape and fits right underneath the spout. I did not even have to defrost with a blow dryer, the next day all the ice in the tube melted away.

I also changed the flapper at the same time as I believe the combination of poor design and insulation for the spout and the air leakage from the ice dispenser were causing the problem.

I know it is fixed because it works great and I can feel the slight heat that is generated from the wire underneath the spout when I reach up in the device.

100% satisfied with the fix. Lot less than getting a new fridge.

BTW, I have a plastic liner and used the product anyway. I do not believe that it is getting hot enough to melt the plastic liner. It was my only option or get a new fridge.

Will update if I have any issues. Good for now.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brandon MC on April 8, 2011
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Arrived Promptly.

Installation was simple. The most difficult part was removing plastic trim piece, which became easy after I figured it out. Took approximately 10 minutes to install and reassemble the dispenser.

I wouldn't say the diagrams/instructions are extremely easy to interpret, but if you have some mechanical inclination, you should be able to figure it out.

So far have had the thing installed for a week with no freeze ups. Before installation, I would have to defrost the thing at least daily because it would freeze over night. Made the wife very happy to have filtered water again!

One tip to get it defrosted initially: Turn your freezer setting to 0 (off) and let it sit for an hour or two. Then hit the dispenser with a hair drier for about 10 - 15 minutes (not literally; I mean blow hot air on it).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Databug88 on July 17, 2011
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This item arrived in 3 days. The heater worked great, my water dispenser defrosted and worked within 2hrs after installed. easy to install. The heater fits under dispenser tube recess area shape just like stick on heater. wires splice together with quick crimp connectors. can be done in less than 30 min. I read in other threads that you can get this free from GE as it is known problem.

Tips:
1.You can verify frozen dispenser tube by inserting a weed wacker line into dispenser tube, u will feel blockage after a few inches in.

2. to remove the front panel insert something into the hole at bottom of panel, this will release tab.

3. do not over tighten screws of sub panel housing. it cracks easily.

4. after install, in 15 minutes you can stick your finger in heater and feel the warm heater working.
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