The ice cube maker is not working. I see no water is going to the unit. Checked the line and it is has water in but no push to ice maker. Tested with amp meter found heater closed, motor off, water valve off, but module on. Water runs to door water despenser but not to ice maker. Could it still be the filter or is it something else?
Comment regarding catriver Aug 18 post: Shorting L&V caused valve to work I believe, at least I think I heard it operate, but shorting T&H did not cause gear to move. So does that indicste a different problem? Still no ice. JimB
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Re: whirlpool ice cube maker not functioning
Timer, couple of things to check. First be sure the inlet tube in the back is not frozen shut. If that's ok, look at the IM, the ejector blades should be parked in the 2:00 position. If not check the center clips on the white gear, sometime they break. Take the cover off the module, using a insulated jumper wire, 1/4 in. stripped on each end, jump test points L & V on the module. This will send 120V to the valve. If water starts filling, your valve is ok. If it doesn't suspect the valve. You can also use a cheater cord on the valve but be careful with that. Catriver.
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Does the icemaker bucket has ice cubes. If yes then your problem is in the dispensor. If no ice cubes on the icemaker bucket then your problem is with the ice maker unit.
Let say Ice cubes on the ice maker bucket and dispensor makes noise when pressing for ice cubes. Then either your ice dispensor flapper is frozen or may be ice cubes in bucket may have defrost and frozen again sticking together.
Ice makers are some of the most worked part of a refrigerator and have about a five year lifespan. There are just too many things that can go wrong that can stop the ice making process. To explain the process of a Whirlpool ice maker I am going to post a Whirlpool Ice Maker Troubling pdf and a short YouTube Icemaker Repair toutorial. If you have any questions I will be here to assist you, Thanks Sea Breeze
Is the ice too small or is it dirty in appearance? If it is too small then the 1.4 inch water supply line may be pinched or clogged. Trun off the water to the unit and remove the line connected to the rear of your fridge. Then get a large bowl and have someone turn on the water supply. If there is sufficient pressure then more than likely the inlet screen to the ice maker water valve is obstructed and will require cleaning. Follow the input water line to the ice maker water valve. Some valved can have the screen cleaned with the valve installed by removing the input line and then the input screen. You can gain access to the screen by removing the flexible back panel, remove it by using a pointed tool on the outside of the screen ede only. Then wash / or scrub it clean with your fingers while running water over it. Reinstall the screen, reconnect the valve input line and then reconnect the water supply line and turn on the water supply. It can take several hours before the unit starts making ice cubes again as you have intorduced air into the system and it will self purge during the next few ice making cycles. You should have the correct sized cubes within 24 hours. If the cubes are dirty then go to any appliance parts supply store, purchase a charcoal filter and install it just above the inlet supply line connection.
As a general rule refrigerator ice makers don't really make ice cubes very fast.
Things that could increase the production are.
1. Set the freezer to a colder setting. That control is usually on a whirlpool is called an air control.
2. Setting the refrigerator control colder, while also help since setting it to a colder setting will actually make both compartments colder.
3. The ice maker produces ice when it's internal thermostat reaches approx. 14 degrees.
You have no control of that function.
4. If the cubes are on the small side, the water valve on the back bottom of the machine may need to be replaced.
5. Along that same line, the water supply line from the house and it's fittings could be starting to restrict, not supplying enough water pressure.
The line, unless plastic, and the valve would need either be removed and cleaned or replaced with new.
Get me the model number. Put tap water in ice maker tray and make sure arm is down. Let it freeze. Wait and see if the ice will drop, this should allow water to come into the ice maker for another run. Let me know, Thanks, Sea Breeze
There's no ice
If your ice maker has stopped producing ice completely, check these, in this order:
It may be turned off. Look for the wire along the right side of the ice maker that looks a bit like a coat hanger. If the wire is in the raised position, the ice maker is turned off. If so, try one of these:
If your ice maker has a small red plastic lever, lower it to lower the wire.
If there's no plastic lever, simply lower the wire.
In either case, the ice maker should begin producing ice again. Also make sure that the temperature is 8 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If the freezer is too warm, the ice maker won't cycle properly.
The ice maker fill tube may be blocked with ice. If so, melt the blockage using a hair dryer-but be careful to not melt any plastic parts! Also replace the water shut-off valve or water-inlet valve, or both, if necessary.
The ice maker head assembly may have broken parts. Look to see if the gears are broken. Check to see if the small plastic arms that rest against the ice rake are broken. If the ice maker head assembly is modular and you've found broken parts, you can just replace it.
Small or too few ice cubes
If the ice maker is producing ice poorly--making small cubes or too few cubes--you probably have a clogged water line, a defective water-inlet valve, or a defective ice maker mold thermostat that isn't cycling properly. Check these:
The water line that's attached to the back of the refrigerator. Make sure you have good water flow. If the flow is poor, repair, clean, or replace the tubing or the shut-off valve that supplies the water.
The water-inlet valve. Replace it if it has failed.
Check the freezer temperature. If should be 8 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If the freezer is too warm, the ice maker won't cycle properly.
The ice maker mold thermostat. Make sure that it's cycling properly.
Specks in the cubes
If you find black or gray specks in your ice cubes, have a look at the ice cube tray. If the protective coating is peeling away, the most economical solution is to completely replace the ice maker.