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Re: Blocked water line
Hi, Yeah you should be able to blow through the hose! There should be a restrictor fitted in the water valve not the hose! The hose should be disconnected from the ice maker to tho as there may also be a restrictor in that to!
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Your icemaker's water inlet valve could be filled with ice. If it is, simply thaw the its water tube with a hair dryer to remove the blockage. Be careful to not melt any plastic parts with the blow dryer.
An icemaker's water inlet valve has a filtering screen to block minerals and other debris from entering into your ice cubes. It is possible that the water inlet valve's screen is blocked, and not allowing any water through to make ice. Clean out any built up debris you find. You should be able to pop the screen out of place with a screwdriver and then put it back in place with the screwdriver again once it is cleaned.
Alternatively, the water inlet valve itself may have become defective. You will have to test it. If the test proves the valve is defective, replace it.
It could just be that your freezer thermostat is not set low enough. Try adjusting the thermostat to a colder setting.
Or your icemaker might not be making ice because of a defective defrost thermostat. Test your defrost thermostat to determine if it has malfunctioned. If it has, you will need to replace it.
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Before suspecting the solenoid water valve, check the inlet tube, where the water enters the freezer. Sometimes this tube gets blocked with ice. From the back of the refrig, you can disconnect the water line where it goes into the back wall of the freezer and you should be able to blow air through it. (having the freezer door open while attempting this will prevent any back pressure build up) If you can not blow through it, it is plugged with ice. Melt the ice with a hair blower from the inside of the freezer. Ice blockage can result from water seepage past the water valve (generally requires replacement of the solenoid water valve) or the fill tube extention may be too long, resulting in the tube touching the end of the fill cup on the icemaker, which results in a build up of ice and blockage in the fill tube. (this only requires cutting the fill tube a bit shorter, so it does not touch the end of the icemaker's fill cup)
If you were able to blow through the tube, you have either a bad solenoid water valve, or the icemaker is not giving it power (generally only 6 seconds of power near the end of the cycle) which would mean a new icemaker, as replacement icemaker parts are not available.
Hi reach up and feel inside the ice tray where the ice is made. If you feel some ice then the ice maker is bad and should be replaced. If you feel in the tray and it is empty then either the water line is blocked or the valve is bad.
The way to determine which is to pull the unit out and remove the lower panel at the back. Trace the water line for the ice maker to the valve, remove the water line from the valve and blow through it. If you are able to blow through the line the valve is bad, if not able to blow through the line there is a blockage. Trace the blockage in the waterline from the valve up to the ice maker and thaw the ice blockage with a hairdryer.
If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. Mike
You will have to determine whether the problem is due to no water getting to the icemaker or a control problem in the icemaker unit.
There is a water valve near the bottom of the refrigerator where water from the outside source enters the refrigerator. This valve sends water to the icemaker (and probably the water dispenser) when the refrigerator controls call for water. These valves can malfunction, and the water lines can get blocked.
The other possibility is that something inside the icemaker controls has malfunctioned, and it is not calling for water.
Starting from the start, make sure the valve behind the fridge is open. then make sure when you disconnect the tube from the intake of the refrigerator, that water comes out. Then check the intake filter on the fridge for debris. Then defrost the freezer in case the intake line froze. If you still have no water going into the ice maker, the valve is probably bad. If you post the make/model and go through those steps I'll help you take the Icemaker apart...
Pour about 1/2 cup of water into icemaker . If it freezes and dumps , replace the water valve ( the piece the wall water line connects to ) . If it doesn't dump after freezing , replace the icemaker . Also check the tube inside which delivers water into the icemaker to be sure it isn't blocked with ice . If it is , replace the water valve . Make sure the coils below fridge are clean of dust , lint , pet hair , etc..as this will slow ice production .
water valve is turned off, or waterline is blocked unit may have a screen or filter which can become blocked. remove waterline where it connects to unit,turn on water to check water flow at this point.no water, check line backward from this point to find pressure loss.if pressure is at unit connection procede checking forward for restriction . test machine.
check the dual water valve one side is for the icemaker the other for the water in the door
either a water valve issue or a ice maker problem
if the valve checks good check the line off of the valve to the ice maker you should be able to blow thorugh the line to the ice maker if you caint blow through the line it is frozen in the freezer behind the icemaker and will need to be thawed
if you can blow though the line to the icemaker
replace the icemaker