How to Adjust Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Water Pressure

by Cecilia Harsch

Your family’s Kenmore Elite refrigerator requires a water supply of at least 30 pounds per square inch (psi). Low water pressure can cause inaccuracy in the “Measure Fill” feature and small or hollow ice cubes. City supplied water is between 30 and 60 psi, a private well could be between 20 and 50 psi, and a reverse osmosis water system could reduce the psi to the refrigerator if the water supplied to the system is less than 40 psi. Fix issues with the water supply line and filters to adjust the water pressure coming into the refrigerator.

1 Pull your Kenmore Elite refrigerator away from the wall to check for any kinks in the water supply line. A kink can reduce the pressure immensely. Straighten the line and coil up any access line if applicable. Use duct tape to secure the line to the back of the refrigerator to avoid additional kinks.

2 Check the water supply valve behind your Kenmore Elite refrigerator to ensure the valve is completely open. Rotate the valve handle counterclockwise until you fully open the water supply.

3 Remove the water filter from the fresh food compartment if the water line is not kinked and the supply is fully open. Press the water dispenser arm to test the pressure. Reinstall the water filter and check the water pressure once again. If reinstalling the filter diminishes the water pressure, replace the water filter with a new one.

4 Check the filter on your reverse osmosis water system if applicable. The filter can become clogged with sediment and reduce the water pressure to the refrigerator. Replace or clean your water system filter.

5 Increase the water pressure on your private well pump by adjusting the pump pressure switch if applicable. This will increase the water supply to your home and refrigerator.

Items you will need

  • Duct tape
  • Water filter