HVACRH20, thank you for the info on the solenoids. Previous to checking the solenoids I did end up getting water from the filler. Now I think my problem is something else. The ice tray that I have is the kind that bends to pop the ice out. it doesn't seem to be popping anything. When I run the test through it doesn't turn to it's full spectrum. I manually helped it to turn the rest of the way and my ice that I had in the tray shattered instead of coming out in cubes. I wonder if it the motor/timer assembly that I should be looking into. How hard is something like that to replace? Expensive? Maybe I'm able to repair it. Oh, by the way after i "helped" the tray to turn it went back to the correct position and the water filled it. I'm guessing that a "test run" is the correct way to start the ice flowing after powering off. yes? In the mean time I'm check out the motor/timer assembly thingamajig and see how it goes.
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I think you are on the right track with the motor assy if the unit isn't strong enough to twist the tray. Here's a parts breakdown so you can price out things.
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Check the shutoff arm, the shutoff arm fails to move upward when the ice bucket
the water pressure. If there is not
enough pressure, the ice maker will not have enough water to make ice.If
water flow pressure is good, check solenoid valve activate and also
Locate your ice maker, remove the ice bucket. Pull the cover
off the end of the ice maker. Locate the holes "V" and "L". Take a paper clip
(jump clip) and tape. Straight the clip and put tape in middle. Hold the taped
side and insert the clip into "V" and "L". This sends the power to water valve.
If water goes into ice-maker, water valve is good. If notreplace solenoid.
the freezer temperature. The proper freezer temperature should be around 5
degrees. The warmer it is in the freezer, the more difficult it is to make ice.
Check water supply and pressure is. o.k (behind the fridge). The ice maker water solenoid is located at the lower rear of the refrigerator.Disconnect the tubing that goes up to the ice maker, and wait for it to cycle.You may have to cycle it manually. If the solenoid buzzes but no water comes out, the solenoid is bad. Replace thesolenoid. (Solenoid will get energized only when previous ice made cubes are not disturbing the shut off arm. Hence make sure you have emptied the ice bucket)
Has it stopped because it ain't gettin water? Or has it quit because of internal failure of some sort. A nice thing to know is just how ice makers work. The ice maker does all the thinking. It calls for water and it knows when to take a dump. Nothing else in the ice box makes the ice maker do what it do. If you have no ice in the mold add some H2O to it and see if it indeed kicks out some ice. If it does then you needs ta look at replacing the water valve and even the water filter (I would). If you have ice in the mold but none in the bucket then that could be the ice mild thermostat. An easy fix. I have repair photos,video,and manual: HERE
Make sure wire loop extending out from the ice maker over the ice bin is pushed down. Up turns the ice maker off.
Without more info, I can't diagnose further.
Stick finger in ice tray where ice freezes. Is there water in there. No, check solenoid valve and water line to ice maker (kinks). Is there ice cubes in ice tray? Is ice maker pushed fully in? All wires to ice maker on back and underneath connected?
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The water valve has 2 solenoids one for water and another for ice. The water solenoid is connected to a larger hose than the icemaker solenoid. The water solenoid is working but the Ice maker solenoid might be dead. BUT the ice maker might not be calling for water. It is the ice maker that powers up the solenoid to fill the ice mold. At the end of harvest a tiny copper plate mounted behind the main drive gear rubs across a copper contact. To tweek the amount of water a small screw is mount at the 3 oclock position of the ice maker head.HERE are some repair tips and photos
Hi. A good way to check the ice maker water solenoid valve is to swith the wire lead from the dispenser water solenoid valve to the ice maker water solenoid valve. Now push the water dispenser lever and water should come out your ice maker fill tube. If not, either the fill tube is frozen or the ice maker water solenoid valve is bad. Take the 1/4 inch tube that runs up the back of your freezer off at the ice maker water solenoid valve and blow thru it. If you can't, the tube is frozen. If you can, the valve is bad. Good luck, Mack
Your house valve may not be totally closed (bad seal or something) letting a small bit of water through. Disconnect the line to the fridge completely (in the back) to be sure. That way even if the fridge solenoid valve is bad AND the house valve is bad you won't get dripping. If you know the valve is good, there are times when the water filter will have air trapped in it letting the water in the line drip out slowly until it's finally empty. Pull any filters you have also.
There is no pump per say.. the water pressure is all that fills the ice maker and provides water to the drinking dispensor. The solenoids are also different, one activates for ice maker and the other for drinking water. The fastest way to check water flow is to swap the wires on the solenoids so the drinking water "power" will now power the ice fill solenoid. Once the plugs are swapped and you press the drinking water lever the ice maker should pour water out the fill tube. If that works then you know the solenoid, tube, etc. are all fine. I'd suspect then that the ice maker fill solenoid isn't getting power when it is suppose to fill. Let me know what this test result is.