I have a Sears Kenmore side by side refrigerator/freezer. I don't have the
model number handy, but it has an icemaker with an ice and water dispenser
on the door. It's about 4 years old.
About three weeks ago, it stopped making ice. The mechinisim seems to be
working correctly; the "fingers" go around, the lever rises and falls, and I
hear the water valve turn on for a short time (5 seconds?), but no water
comes out into the tray. My first thought was that the valve attached to
the water line in the basement was plugged. I checked it and the valve was
However, the water dispenser DOES work, although there's a delay from when
you push the lever until the water starts to come out. After you get
water, if you press the lever again, the water comes out immediately. If
you wait a while, you get the delay again. This behavior started about the
same time as the icemaker stopped functioning, so I'm assuming that the same
thing is happening on the ice maker and that the delay is longer than the
ice maker valve is open.
It's almost like the line is draining and needs to get refilled when the
valve opens, but I can't figure out how that would be happening without
leaving water on the floor. There's no water underneath the fridge or on
the unfinished basement ceiling directly under the fridge. Could the water
be leaking and draining into the condensation pan?
I haven't pulled the unit out yet since the previous owners built cabinets
all around the unit (the coils are on the bottom), and it will be difficult
to pull out. Also, the water line is copper and I'm concerned that pulling
the unit out (and putting it back) may kink the line.
In the next few days I will pull the fridge out, but I was looking for any
suggestions in the meantine.