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Water dispenser works, but ice maker not working.

The ice maker is not getting any water flow to it. Is there a valve that needs to be replaced, or a line that could be frozen? Thanks.

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  • amlynch1128 Dec 31, 2008

    Water dispenser works fine, but icemaker not producing any ice. Airflow seems to be functioning properly and temp seems to be fine. But there is no water coming to the ice making compartment and therefore no ice is dumping into the ice bin. Strange, since it was working fine 2 days ago

  • patk22 Jan 02, 2009

    My ice maker is not producing any ice. Everything else works great.

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I have the same problem right now.. water supply is goodand water dispenses from dispenser. tray that makes cubes not getting any water. looking for help also.

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