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Kenmore 106, 56532400 ice maker problem

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The ice maker stops working. I checked the mold is empty (no water); however, the water dispenser still dispenses cold water. The freezer temperature has been always 4 as the factory setting. The ice sensor is red and flashing.

Thank you in advance for your help.


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Check to see if there inlet water is frozen up where it goes into the ice maker. If it is you will have the thaw it out before it will work correctly. the water dispenser solinoid valve ane the icemakers feed different lines thats whay you have cold water and no water feeding into the ice maker.Thanks for using FixYa and don't forget to rate this response.

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he ice maker has a problem The ice maker is a separate appliance within the freezer section. Please see the How things Work section of our website to learn about the normal functioning of ice makers. Some common problems with ice makers are:

The ice maker has completely stopped producing ice
The ice maker is producing ice poorly
The ice maker has completely stopped producing ice Check to see whether the ice maker has been turned off. Here's how to check. Look for a wire along the right side of the ice maker that looks a bit like a coat hanger. If this wire is in the raised position, the ice maker is turned off. On some units you simply lower the wire to the down position to turn the ice maker on. On others, you lower a small red plastic lever to lower the wire. If the wire is in the proper position check the freezer temperature, it should be between 0-8 degrees Fahranheit. If it is warmer than 10-12 degrees, the ice maker may not produce any ice. Check your door seals and thermostat, repair/replace as necessary.

The ice maker is producing ice poorly When an ice maker is producing ice poorly--when it produces just a few cubes or none, or when the cubes are too small--it's usually because of a clogged water line or a defective water inlet valve.

First, check the water line attached to the back of the refrigerator for good water flow. To do that, first turn off the water supply valve. Then remove the water line from the back of the refrigerator. Next, place the water line into a bucket and momentarily turn the water valve back on to test the flow. If the flow is poor, you need to repair, clean, or replace the tubing or the shut-off valve that supplies the water. If the flow is good, you may have to replace the water inlet valve.

There's an ice- or water-dispensing problem The ice and water-dispensing system of your refrigerator is quite complex. Many components work together to provide the ice and water. Aside from a simple problem of a leaky water tube or a jammed ice chute, most other components are not user serviceable. We suggest that you contact a qualified appliance repair technician for such repairs.
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My Kenmore refrigerator's ice maker is dripping at the front of the ice maker. it drips slowly but makes a big chunk of ice right at the front of the bucket. What should I do?

This is pretty generic without a model # but holds true with alot of them..this type of icicle is usually caused by water overflowing the ice mold of the ice maker module. The reason for the overflow could be that the ice maker module is not level. Check to see if it is tilting. This could be caused by loose screws or a warping of the liner on the side wall of the freezer.

If the ice maker is level, then the next cause could be that the ice maker is overfilling. There is an adjustment screw on the right side of the front of the ice maker module. You may have to remove the cover from the front of the module to access this screw. Turn the screw counterclockwise to decrease the water fill. Turning this screw one turn may decrease the water fill level in the mold enough to prevent the leaking. If not, you may need to make a second adjustment.

Other problems that could cause this icicle could include:

Wicking of the water over the top of the ice maker mold caused by hard water deposits in the mold.

Leaking of the ice maker water solenoid valve.

Crack or leak in the ice maker module.

If the module is level and decreasing the water fill level does not solve your ice maker problem, then I recommend checking the ice mold for hard water deposits. If you find no deposits in the mold (or clean them and still have the same problem), then you will probably need a service technician to fix the ice maker. if you need more help, re-submit your question with additional details.
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Remove the ice bucket and look for ice hung in the fingers. Use a hair dryer to melt a jammed ice cube. Keep at it till the fingers move free and advance to the next harvest cycle. If the ice mold is empty replace the water valve. If the ice mold is full replace the ice maker.

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If the ice mold is full of ice then the ice mold thermostat or thermistor is faulty. If the ice mold is empty their is a strong possibility the water valve on the IM side is gone. Pour some water in that ice mold and see if it kicks out a batch. If it kicks out a batch then replace the water valve. If it continues to not harvest any ice then get a new ice maker. It is that simple.

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Check for a jammed ice cube in the fingers. Use a hair dryer to release the jammed cube.
Add some water to the ice mold and see if that don't speed up the process if the ice mold is empty.
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Knowing how an ice maker works can greatly increase your ability to diagnose and repair it. Just like vehicles, ice makers all may look different but they all work on the same princible. A thermostat starts the ball rolling, turning on a motor and a heater to loosen the ice, as the ice dumps a trigger fires up the water valve and refills it. The whole thing comes to a halt and waits till the thermostat gets satisfied once again.
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One thing you can do is get a bottle of water and fill the mold. If it kicks out a batch but no more, water valve replacement needed. If it don't then ice maker problem. If you have shelling or fouled cubes, look for dirty coils below the ice box that make for faulty cooling. Ice forms at 32f but ice mold tstats don't kick in the afterburners till 25f. I have some more detailed tips with videos and manuals: HERE

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