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Icemaker does not work there is water to it but it doesnt run in

The icemaker has water to sol. valve but won't let the water in its not a bad sol.the rest of icemaker just won't run?

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Tryusing an hairdryer or defrosting the unit completely , this often getrid of blockage caused by frozen lines fixing the problem.

The water lines can also be unblocked from dirt using a thin flexible shaft. This after defrosting.

If all that does not fix the problem, then you may need to replace thewater valve, the icemaker solenoid, or the whole icemaker assembly.

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