Why won't my cold water line to fridge work?

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  1. Aug 31, 2009 #1

    NoHoArtsDistrict

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    My house had a copper water line running from a T-handle valve, piercing one of the cold water lines, and running under the house to the fridge location. I just bought the house, and the line and T-valve were there already.

    Seems simple enough and straightforward. I can easily see the T-valve and it doesn't look terribly corroded or rusted.

    Yet when I open the valve all the way, no water from the cold water line comes out the end of the copper pipe. :(

    Did I mention my house's plumbing is old galvanized 1946 pipes? Can't understand what the problem would be unless the T-valve is clogged from pipe corrosion. But then, I would at least expect some water dribble out of the copper pipe. But I'm getting nothing, even when I turn on something that uses the same cold water line that the T-valve is piercing. Water comes out fine there.

    Can someone offer advice? Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 1, 2009 #2

    kok328

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    The lack of dribble indicates a really clogged tap and/or line that will require cleaning or replacing.
     
  3. Sep 1, 2009 #3

    majakdragon

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    Self piercing valves only make a very small hole. With galvanized pipes, it probably clogged quickly. Turn off the water supply and disassemble the valve from the pipe, cleanout the hole (may take a small drill bit) and reattach the valve. I hate these valves and always install a tee and shutoff valve.
     

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