I have a module ice maker (apparently made by Whirlpool?) on a Amana
fridge that won't fill with water.
The motor works, the heater works, it just doesn't fill with water -
been getting hollow cubes for about 2 wks, now no cubes at all.
I checked the water inlet valve on the back of the fridge and it's
fine and the inlet line is not plugged. (both were also just replaced
a yr ago).
Is there a way to repair this thing or do I have to buy a whole module
Pic of ice maker
Oh pshaw, on Tue 11 Dec 2007 05:59:22p, Ron meant to say...
Make sure that there is no ice buildup on the line at the point of
entryinto the freezer. This does happen, even when everything else seems
to be okay. Your symptoms of first getting hollow cubes and then no cubes
leads me to think that it was gradually freezing, first limiting the amount
of water entering the ice maker, then finally freezing it off altogether.
Already have, clear.
Actually, when I checked the water inlet valve I disconnected the
wires from the fridge and used 120V directly to it to test and fill
the ice maker tray "manually". Everything worked fine and the cubes
came out perfect.
So there is definitely a problem with the ice maker itself.
Oh pshaw, on Tue 11 Dec 2007 06:29:23p, Ron meant to say...
Given everything you've said, it would probably be cheaper to replace the
module than to have it repaired. Parts for almost everything these days
are expensive, even if you repair it yourself. For example, I wanted to
replace the detergent dispenser mechanism in a GE dishwasher. The part
cost $80+. It was an entry level dishwasher and it made more sense to
replace the whole thing.
Oh pshaw, on Tue 11 Dec 2007 07:09:06p, Ron meant to say...
I couldn't agree more, but a lot of these appliance companies are great rip
off artists for parts. I don't know if you can buy just the circuit board,
or what the cost might be for that. Probably not cheap in itself.
Not even a circuit board. An arrangement of switches driven by
the small 'timer motor' (powered by two orange leads). The
timer motor drives reduction gears, not visible, which drive the
ice maker shaft. You might remove the timer moter via the two
small phillips screws and give it a bench test. This removal
may also give access to reduction gears. You could even do
a slight lube with Pam or some non toxic lubricant.
It looks like the two orange wires connect with just a 'push-on'
which nicks the insulation to make contact. Easy to get a bad
connection there. Also it appears the copper strips likely make
contact with mating areas on the icemaker proper. Make sure
these areas are clean and that the panel is securely tighened
when you replace it to insure solid contact.
If this timer motor doesn't drive, you're SOL. <g>
It is probably the valve and not the ice maker itself. This is generally
located where the supply line connects to the refrig. I had one that did
similar and I guess it first started with the 'partial fill' that caused the
hollow cubes, then stopped filling altogether.
That part will probably cost you around $40 and is fairly easy to replace.
Sorry - missed that it had been replaced. You have a good parts supplier -
I've replaced several of my own and friends
and family and I think the best I got as around $30. I bumped that up some
since it's been a couple years!
Then you probably have an icing problem at the inlet to the unit itself.
Does the supply line run up the back of the refrig? Mine did and entered a
slightly larger molded rubber part that slopped down thru the back if the
frig into the ice maker. I assume it was of slightly larger diameter so all
the water would drain out into the icemaker when the valve closed. The ice
built up in that rubber part. However in my case it still ended up being
the valve that wasn't closing all the way. I only noticed this because
while I had it all torn apart I noticed it the valve was dripping every few
Try disconnecting the line between the valve and the maker at the valve end.
See if you have a similar problem. The way these things are made, even a
new valve could go bad in a year (planned obsolescence - it's probably out
Be aware that the icemaker timer motor drives the water inlet
valve for a very short time, around seven seconds. If you
'manually filled' for a longer period of time, your water supply
valve or water volume is suspect. mebbe some crud in
I gave it about 5 seconds (supposedly it's 7.5 seconds) and the cubes
were almost full size, so, I guess I'm looking at a new
module assembly since all the other parts work, just NO water.
Oh well, for now I'm headed to the Dollar Store for ice trays, money
is short right now plus I can keep an eye out for a deal on a new one.
Thanks for your other replies also!
your cheapest fix is buy the icemaker kit. i believe you fill valve is
bad, mine did exactly the same thing.
incidently if your feed water comes from a saddle valve open and shut
it a couple times, the needle valve may be clogged with debris, thus
preventing the water from filling
Thanks.....agggg, it would be nice if I *knew* what I needed. I have
an Amanda fridge, but apparently the ice maker is some
kind of "universal" ice maker built by Whirlpool, and installed
in about 4 different brands of fridges, so I can't find an *exact*
model number. Even though they are all "supposed" to work if the
picture looks the same. The one difference is probably the electrical
plug so I'm very hesitant to buy something online.
Like I wrote earlier, I wish I knew exactly what I needed because they
are VERY cheap on eBay. I have a feeling that they are ALL the same,
but don't wanna take a chance on the plug being different. I have a
couple of stores around here that sell leftover building materials
from home builders, I'm gonna check there today.
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