There are four wires in the harness from my Kenmore/Sears freezer
#56676 to my ice maker: black, white, brown, and green.
I presume that two of these provide power to the motor and heater and
another must energize the solenoiod to fill the ice maker. Can
someone match the color code to the function and tell me the purpose
of the fourth wire?
This is probably a whirlpool
The black is hot, controlled by the photocell if the icemaker is on
the door. White is neutral and brown goes back to the valve to turn on
This guy has the best site I have found for icemakers but finding your
way around it can be tedious
On Wed, 09 Apr 2008 13:10:59 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I measured 108 VAC between black and white. I was hoping that I would
be able to turn on the fill solenoid by shorting black to brown but
nothing happens, not even a click. Is there something wrong with this
A water line goes into the back of the refrigerator for the dispenser
in the door. It must also go to the ice filling solenoid. Do you
know where this is located? Do you typically need to remove the back
to get to it?
Can I test the solenoid by stripping a power cord, plugging it in, and
touching the bare ends to the contacts? Or will that blow out the
coil? (I'm pretty confident that I can do this without accidently
shorting out the power cord and tripping a breaker.)
There is usually a wiring diagram wadded up in the corner of the
fridge in front behind the kick plate.
The solenoid is in back behind the cover
Is this one with the ice maker actually on the door and a photocel
that detects the ice level? That is in series with the 120v as is the
freezer door switch on most of them. You may still see some phantom
voltage on the leads if you have a digital meter so the 108 is
probably not real. Yes you can disconnect the leads on the solenoid
and hit it with 120v ... be very careful if you go this way.
Look at the FAQ on that page fopr some tips. If you have the new style
whirlpool maker you can jumper 2 pins and force a cycle (down around 4
and 5 o'clock on the wheel)
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