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Re: Ice maker is freezing up
The solenoid valve can leak slightly to make your problem. To check it, undo the tube from the solenoid to the freezer with the solenoid unplugged, and the water pressure on. Any leakage is bad, replace it.
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Occasionally these freeze up on many brands. Usually if the ice maker is not used much. There is a rubber tube that deposits water into the ice maker unit, Thaw it by warming it with your fingers. You can carefully use a hair dryer as well
Pull the refrig out from the wall and you will see where the single tube to the ice maker goes . Try removing the line housing straight out the back , and thawing at the sink . Or , 2 screws hold the ice maker on . Remove the ice maker and thaw the line with a hair dryer . You will need to replace the water valve ( the piece the wall water line connects to on the refrig ) due to a seeping problem . When the valve does not close completely , drops will seep into the fill tube and freeze , thereby , blocking the normal rate of water , entering the ice maker .
You can thaw the frozen water with a hair dryer but to stop this from happening the water control valve may be the reason for this to happen. When the ice maker calls for water to refill it is timed. If the water control valve located on the rear of your refrigerator is not closing all the way for the ice maker side it causes the water to freeze in the tube because it slowly flow to the ice make just enough to seal the fill tube.
Thanks and let me know what you find, Sea Breeze
Tube sometimes freezes because of minerals in it hold one droplet at a time until buildup freezes solid. Replace tube first. Water valve allowing some droplets through can also cause this. Tube first-less expensive.
SRCTE, Are you certain that you installed a NEW water valve? To isolate the problem between the ice maker and the water valve. Remove the ice maker from the refrigerator. Inspect the water fill tube for being stopped up with solid ice. If so, clear the solid ice with a hair dryer blowing hot air into the end of the water fill tube. Insert a long screw driver into the end of the water fill tube to break loose any remaining solid ice up in the tube. Inspect with a flash lite to verify the water fill tube is clear and open. Leave the ice maker out of the refrigerator overnite and operate the refrigerator as normally used. After 6-8 hours, open the freezer door and inspect the end of the water fill tube; if the water fill tube is clear of solid ice then you have a bad ice maker which must be replaced. If on the other hand the water fill tube has ice protruding from the water fill tube then the water valve is defected and must be replaced again. If the water valve is replaced you may desire to install an external in line water filter. Hope this helps you. Henry
On mine the water inlet feed tube would freeze solid. Removing the ice tray and using a hair dryer to completely thaw the tube would get it working for another month or so. My frig had a solid rubber inlet tube. I noticed at the appliance store that newer models had an inlet tube that was split on top. I got one of these from a local appliance parts store, and it fixed the problem. The tube replacement it easy. Get to the back of the frig. Turn off the water supply. Carefully pry the white plastic piece out ( located on the upper right side when facing the back of the frig. ) of the frig. When you have the new one in hand it will be clear what you are going to do. Pull out the old remove the water line. Attach the line to the new tube and insert it. Turn on water, check for leaks, and you should be ok. This repair is only effective if you have an inlet tube that freezes up. There can be many other malfunctions that stop ice makers from working. This was my problem. Replaced the tube 3 years ago and ice maker has worked fine since the replacement.
Likely that the water supply tube to the icemaker is frozen. It will be a white rubber tube on the right side of the icemaker. Warm it with a hair dryer, remove it from its aluminum tubing, and make sure there is no ice all the way back to where the supply tube comes from the water valve. After thawing, your icemaker should start working again.
Now..... why did it freeze? Most likely, there is a restricted airflow to the back of the unit, which is need to keep that aluminum supply tube just warm enough to assure all the water flow OUT of it into the icemaker, and doesn't freeze up on contact. Make sure your coils and the airspace under the fridge are completely clean (vacuuum them well) and it should cure the problem.