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Ice Maker Don't Work

I replaced the valve, no water to ice maker.
Temp is OK

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  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    Water will come out of the cold water spicket but no water runs into the ice maker. Where to look ?

  • phil104 Apr 09, 2009

    After replacing the water valve and the module. It turned out to be the air vent was blowing on the water inlet and freezing the water at the point before it would fill the icemaker.

    Trial and error, after a cost of $180.00 for the module and labor.

    It was a manufacturing flaw. So he put a piece of tape to change the air flow. Really a no brainer, but of course technicians want to make something.

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Be sure the valve works befor it is installed. Very common mistake.

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  • Jimmy James Apr 09, 2009

    this comment was if you have a malfunctioning valve. I installed my waterline with out checking the operation of the valve. I couldn't get water to frig I found out the valve was on but closed it was defective far from inapropriate.

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Itemized as Temperature, Water, Water delivery… It is assumed the refrigerator has been running and not making ice and has remained on (NOT UNPLUGGED AND OFF) freezing as normal before starting any of these tests and observations. Other wise you will have to start over with the problem at hand before proceeding.

External of the ice maker:
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