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Ice maker does not receive water to make ice.

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  • airtom Apr 16, 2009

    Solonoid water valve is okay. Suspect water switch, as it is not closed, even at very low temperatures. Can you explain the function of this switch? My e-mail is

  • airtom Apr 16, 2009

    Inlet switch, called "water switch" on my wiring diagram is okay. So is holding switch. Does it make any difference what the orientation of the small temperature transducer located under the ice tray is?Perhaps I may have rotated it 180 deg. as I reinstalled it.



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Hi airtron,
 It's a simple fix.
solution - defective water valve.
To check and to repair, follow the below link :-

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    taran_2005 Apr 16, 2009

    Hi airtom, 

     Glad that you checked it so soon.


    if we talk about switches.There are 3 different switches that might be in an ice maker.

    If any of the switches are not working, ice make would not be able to make ice.

    1. Shut off switch

    2.Holding switch

    3. Inlet switch

    Any further questions, let me know.

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  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Apr 16, 2009

      That might be the case as transducer controls the signals to switch. So, even a small fault in transducer would affect ice making.

     Try to play with transducer and check whether it affects the flow of water or not.

    Let me know once done.

    Thanks for using Fixya.

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Apr 16, 2009


      There is one more thing we need to check. 

     Have you checked whether water dispneser worked properly or not?

     It might  be a case of bad module..

    Also, check one of the solutions offered by an expert 

    Before you replace the water valve, I recommend some further diagnostic testing. The water line to the ice maker being dry does not always mean that you have a failed water valve.
    Disconnect electrical power to the refrigerator and check the wiring connections on the icemaker valve. Pull one wire and take a resistance reading on the valve. If it is open (infinite resistance), then the valve will need to be replaced. If the resistance reading matches the resistance reading of the water dispenser valve, then it should be good.
    Since you were able to remove the back of the refrigerator and find the water valves, I will assume that you are able to safely conduct some other diagnostic tests on the ice maker if necessary. If not, you will need a service technician to make some of the more advanced checks. Do not make any check unless you are completely confident that you can safely complete the test.
    If you suspect that the solenoid valve is good after making the above checks, leave the refrigerator unplugged and check the wire harness disconnect plug on the ice maker module in the freezer. If it is unplugged, it will not cycle and fill with water.
    Carefully check the fill line from the valve to the ice maker module for a clog or ice plug.
    The next check is more advanced. This step involves the use of a small jumper wire. You will need a 2" piece of 14 gauge insulated wire. Bare the end about 1/4" on each side. (NOTE: When you use this jumper wire, handle it only by the insulated portion. Touching the bare wire portion while jumping the contacts could result in electrical shock.) Take the front cover off of the ice maker module. Make sure that the bail arm is in the down position. Plug the refrigerator in so that is has electrical power. Hold the jumper by the insulated portion and carefully stick the bared ends of the insulated jumper wire into the test points T and H on the bottom right side of the ice maker module. The ice maker will begin to cycle. (If it does not, you have a bad ice maker module and it will need to be replaced.) After several seconds, pull the jumper out of the test points. The ice maker will continue to cycle and will energize the circuit to activate the solenoid fill valve. Check the solenoid valve to see if it is buzzing. If not, you may have a wiring problem or a bad ice maker module. If you are able to safely check for voltage, check for 120VAC to the fill valve. NOTE: Voltage checks on live wires are extremely dangerous. Only conduct this check if you are experienced in safely making these checks using the proper equipment (volt/ohm meter). If the valve is getting proper voltage and is not opening, you will need to replace the valve. You can also check the ice maker valve by disconnecting power and connecting the water dispenser valve wires to the ice maker side. Reconnect power and activate the water dispenser. If the ice maker water valve does not open, it will need to be replaced.
    These diagnostic tests should help you determine or verify the component failure that is causing your ice maker fill problem. If you need more help in resolving this issue, resubmit your question with additional details.


    Once done, let me know.
    Thanks for using Fixya.



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