This is a Sears Kenmore Icemaker, about 5 years old. Icemaker doesn't get
I studied the problem, and thought for sure it was the water solenoid and
valve. So, I replaced that, but the icemaker still doesn't get water.
The drinking water outlet on the front of the refrigerator works fine.
I don't know exactly what "signals" the icemaker to receive water. I know
it is on a timer, but I don't know where the timer is, or how it works...
Is this a repair that an average homeowner should be able to do ?
any comments or ideas will be appreciated.
Well, here is just an idea.
"Sometimes" the water in the drain tube freezes and you get water
all over hell... SO, it may be possible t;hat the water in the feed
If this is so, then the fix is to defrost the hell out of the freezing
In other words, take all the frozen stuff out and put it in a box and
with something to keep it cold.
Put a 100w lamp in the freezing compartment to speed things along.
Unplug the fridge and wait about a day.... By then, EVERYTHING will
Put everything back and see if things start to work...
Just an idea.... you will get several more from this group.... some
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Assume it's a frost free freezer being 5 yrs old. If it wasn't, bulb can
be a bad idea I would think. Ever run a drop light under a car in winter
where's there's snow? Heat warms underside snow and ice. It drips down.
Hits light bulb. Light bulb explodes.
A hairdryer can be targeted at areas and speed things as well.
Icemakers are the most common repair on refrigerators. I've repaired mine
once and replaced it the second time. Overall, not a difficult job. I like
having one so I'm willing to fix as needed.
Try going to www.repairclinic.com and www.applianceaid.com for some
diagnostic help. I don't know the details, but the icemaker has to function
to send the signal to the valve to open. Front cover comes off for access
to the motor and wiring harness. Make sure the arm id down and allowing it
to cycle and that the temperature is OK for it to work. If they get out of
sync it can take hours for the machine to start.
As Andy says, this is often a frozen feed tube. You should be able to
see that because it will be solid with ice. I have been able to unclog
it without doing all that stuff by picking out as much ice as possible
and heating it with a hair dryer.
The next thing is to see if the solenoid is picking. You should hear
If you have the one with the ice bucket on the door and no wire bail
you have to pull the ice maker out to do the next thing.
You can initiate a cycle by shorting the 2 test points at 5 o'clock on
the gear. USE AN IINSULATED JUMPER this is 120v.
Right before it gets back to the stopped position it will dump the
water. That little screw on the left adjusts the amount, CCW is more.
Don't screw with this unless it is just not dumping enough when it
The contact that dumps the water (and all other timing functions) are
foil traces on the back if the gear.
About 99% of problems in the ice maker itself get fixed if you replace
the "head". That is the whole brown plastic deal, motor, gears and all
with 3 screws holding it on. This varies between 60% and 90% of the
price of the whole ice maker depending on what sales are going on.
This is the same as Whirlpool, Roper, Kitchen Aid, Amana and about
2/3ds of the other brands. The ones that are not "GE" based.
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