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Ice maker won't fill with water

We had unplugged the refrigerator for a couple days because we were replacing it with a new one. We believe it could have been plugged in without the water line being hooked up, but with the ice maker still running. It was on for about a day like that. The we had it unplugged for about 3 days, when we plugged it back in it shorted out 3 times and it was black up around the ice maker. Everything still works except the water won't fill the cube treys.

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Well the ice maker itself is what calls for water. It probably is fried. The way it works is the ice maker basically sits in the freezer and waits until the ice mold reaches 28f. When it gets to 28f the ice mold thermostat closes the electrical circuit to the heater and the motor. The motor basically stalls out because the heater hogs all the power. As the ice loosens the motor does not need as much power and manages to move the ice till you hear a CLICK and that is what kills the power to the heater and the resulting surge moves the ice on around at an astounding snail pace not unlike watching grass grow. At near the end the water valve gets energized by a probe rubbing against a copper plate located behind the main drive gear. over time it gets to where the arcing sticks the probe to the plate and instyead of 7 seconds of fill time it fills for 25 or more seconds or just smokes up the puppy and burns the tip of the probe.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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SOURCE: Ice maker not filling & making ice cubes

First give me the entire model # on the sticker from the inside of the fridge and I can definitely help you with this.  Let's solve it before you rate it.

Posted on Oct 18, 2007

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Have you checked if water is comming out the tubing before hookup? A valve may be close...

Posted on Dec 10, 2007

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unplug it again , sounds like your drain line has frozen, instaead of defrost water going down the tube and under refrig in drain pan, becuse tube is frozen its draining into freezer compartment and eventually spilling out through front of unit. totally defrost unit and behind back wall of freezer youll see a metal trough designed to catch water, in the center (under the ice is gonna be the drain hole, pour boiling water down until it runs freely

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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SOURCE: ICE CUBE MAKER SMELLY ICE CUBES

Hello margrek
Welcome,

YOU SAID, YOU HAVE KENMORE ELITE BOTTOM FREEZER WITH ICE MAKER THE ICE CUBES SMELL HORRIBLE ALWAYS, I EVEN TOSS THEM OUT EVERY FEW DAYS, STILL SAME PROBLEM


Ice has bad odor and taste.

1• Ice has picked up odor or
flavor from strong food stored
in refrigerator or freezer.
2• Water running to ice maker
has poor taste or odor.
3• Ice not used frequently enough.
4• Cover foods tightly. Discard stale ice. Ice maker will
produce fresh supply.
5• Add filter to water supply line. Consult a water purifying
company.
7• Discard stale ice.

Huuum
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Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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SOURCE: Brand new Kenmore refrigerator, ice maker does not work

According to the manufacture, you must wait 24hrs to reap the benefits of the automatic ice maker. I was helping a friend the other day install a water line to a side by side unit that had been running for well over a week and after turning the water on we got no ice. We contacted the manufacture and they said "there is a 24hr waiting period". This makes no sense. I wasn't trying to get a gun permit, just ice.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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