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Water leak from Ice Maker / Bucket

It seems that after ice bucket is full, the water does not stop flowing into ice maker and water spills. I remove the bucket, dump the ice, cleanup everything and put back the bucket and few weeks the same thing happens again.

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The arm that drives the ice out of the freezer tray is driven by a small motor in the front of the ice maker. The motor has a small gear that drives the larger gear keyed to the front of this arm. If the ice is ever allowed to thaw and re-freeze the driven gear can break one or more teeth off affecting the operation of the ice cube removal. None of the parts of the ice maker are available separately. However these parts are easily repaired with super glue or epoxy. When re-installing the drive arm it must be located with the drive fingers horizontal.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010

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Ice maker not making ice

Check the shutoff arm, the shutoff arm fails to move upward when the ice bucket is full.

Check 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 it's cleaned.

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.

Check 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. thanks, helpful?

Feb 02, 2011 | GE GSS20IEP Side by Side Refrigerator

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1.Check shut off arm fails to move due over stored ice cubes in the ice bucket. Remove ice cubes and make free shut off arm to move.
2. Check water pressure.If less pressure will cause for non making ice cubes.
3.Check freezer temp. Setting must be 5degree and less.
4.Check power to solenoid valve for water flowing is working. Locate your ice maker, remove the ice bucket. Pull the coveroff 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 tapedside 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 not mechanism of solenoid is dusty. Call repairman to clean and re fix it. Thanks.

Jan 29, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Hi, I have a Whirlpool refridge. The ice maker is making ice, yet the ice is not dropping into the ice bucket. If you put ice into the ice bucket it will correctly drop through the door. The ice seems...

Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly

Often ice maker issues are a symptom of an automatic defrosting problem OR a leaking (dripping / bypassing) ice maker water valve.

First off you should try and prove that there are no un-necessary water leakages by doing the following:

1. Turn the icemaker OFF
2. Remove the plastic line where it connects to the thru the cabinet water tube by pinching the clamp and pulling down on the plastic tube.
3. Place end of the plastic tube into a bucket for about 12 hours. At the end of 12 hours check the bucket for ANY water. If there is a noticable amount of water (more than 1 oz) the water valve is leaking water by the valve diaphram seat. The only remedy for this is to change the units water valve assy.

As far as a possible automatic defrosting problem..... soft ice cream is a symptom along with that of low ice production.

The evaporator coils get a substantial amount of ice build up on them and then the airflow in the freezer compartment is restricted resulting in a change in the freezer comprtment temp. If you do have an automatic defrosting problem you will soon notice noise from the evaporator fan as the ice build up encroaches into the fan blade path. Additionally the fresh food compartment will warm up.

The ice maker will not cycle until it reaches 16 to 15 deg F. The ice maker harvest cycle is started when the ice maker thermostat closes and advances the ice maker module.

Do the water in the bucket test and then look for signs of ice build up on the evaporator coils.

If neither of the above manifest / present then download this manual and follow the troubleshooting procedures:$FILE/4322658A.pdf

Thanks for choosing FixYa.


Sep 17, 2010 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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Ice maker won't stop producing ice, even when bucket is full.

the arm that swing up and down maybe able to be ajst by bending arm and the water leaking down the icemaker. is it unlevel when if fills if not unlevel is it hooked up to an r/o system if it is when was the last time filter were replaced if not, does it have a water filter has it been changed lately.

Aug 20, 2009 | Kenmore 57029 Side by Side Refrigerator

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Ice maker drip into ice bucket and manual cycle leaks more water

Need to take the ice maker out to measure the amount of water input into the ice tray. In this case the tray was already full (from the leaking valve). The spillage I saw was just the tray overflowing. Time for a new valve.

Apr 28, 2009 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Adjusta cube ice maker spilling water

check at the back of refrigerator were water line comes in see if there have eany hole or check your freezer may be it (ajar)

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Ice maker arm issue

If you are a real DIY'er, remove the ice maker from the frig and see if the arm has or had a spring return down or check its position with the cam that operates it as it goes around.

May 29, 2008 | Whirlpool ED2FHEXN Side by Side...

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Ice Dispenser Doesn't work...

sounds like the water coming into the icemaker is spilling over or leaking into the ice despenser bucket.... check for ice build up or plugging of water chut into ice maker

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Inoperative Ice Maker

The icemaker stops working because excessive water gets into the control box(where circuit board is housed) through the shaft hole of "finger" and freezes the wheels to turn the "ice-bucket-full detector rod". This stops to send the signal to open water valve.
To fix, remove the icemaker from the wall (need remove two screws - make sure power switch is OFF) and carefully separate the snap-on cable (retangular shape) and a ground cable on the bottom side of the icemaker. (Now you can remove the icemaker out of the refrigerator).
You can open the contol box (need unscrew one and carefully prop it open using a screw driver or a knife. You can unplug color corded snap-on cables for easiness to work (very simple).
You will see ice formed around the plastic gear wheel controlling the "ice-bucket-full detector rod". Remove all ice and dry all the parts in the box and put them back. Make sure all the cable are back to the matching color receptable(only fits in the right place). Connect the cable(rectangular shape) and connect the ground cable. Mount the incemaker on the wall using two screws you removed at first.
Turn the power ON and reset the system by press down the ice cube size selector until the "fingers" make a full cycle. You will see the metal rod moves up and down as system resets. During this cycle the water will be filled into the icemaker.
I believe this icemaker has a design flaw but it's very simple to correct the problem you are experiencing. You do not need much electronic or mechanical knowlege to fix this.
Best wishes


Jun 15, 2007 | LG LFX25960ST Stainless Steel French Door...

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Ice maker water wont shut off continues to run even when tray is full

The ice maker water fill solenoid may be leaking by and needs to be replaced. If you disconnect the water line from the solenoid and you see it continues to flow water then that valve is not seating properly. Another slight possiblility is the ice maker motor module gear is stuck in the fill position. See the attached link for a diagram. If the geared wheel just happens to get stopped in the "fill" position it will fill with full force water. If there is only a trickle of water then the soleinoid valve is the more likely source of the problem.

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