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Whirlpool ET21GK Ice maker not filling

Apartment complex turned off my water and replaced our water heater. Since then my ice maker hasn't worked. You can hear the lift arm raise and lower during the day. I verified water pressure to the bottom of the refrigerator by pulling the line and spraying water everwhere. I pulled the water line coming out of what I assume is the pressure regulator and and ice maker there isn't any pressure. I don't know if the regulator only sends water at specific times and is bad, or is clogged. I pulled the "pressure regulator" but am unsure how to test it with my multi-meter (voltmeter that has tone), prior to ordering a replacement.

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    Todd Reser Oct 15, 2013

    I found another post and followed the instructions on there.

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    Todd Reser Oct 15, 2013

    I found another post and followed the instructions on there.

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    Todd Reser Oct 15, 2013

    When I jumper V & L it fills the ice cube tray. Upon waiting it freezes and harvests the ice correctly. It's now trying to make a second batch of ice, however there is only 1/10th the amount of water in the tray that I would normally expect.

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    Todd Reser Oct 15, 2013

    Well, in the last 24 hours it will only make ice if I jumper points V & L to fill the tray. I've done this 3 times, but unless I manually force the fill of the tray, it never fills. Is there a water level/fill sensor on the ice maker that could be bad?

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    Todd Reser Dec 10, 2013

    Looks like no one has a advice or a solution. I've been manually making ice by jumpering the unit for 2 months now. I guess I'll have to talk to an actual repair shop.

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    Todd Reser May 23, 2014

    I limped it along by jumpering the fill solenoid for about 3 months, now that doesn't work either. My guess is the whole ice maker is now shot and has to be replaced.

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    Todd Reser Jan 10, 2017

    Okay, fast forward 3 years later and I spent $80 to buy a whole replacement ice maker assembly which did not solve the problem. It ends up that my solution was to replace the ice maker water valve kit. (I searched online and found NEW ICE MAKER WATER VALVE KIT FOR 2210436 2182104 2155063 2188782 OEM GENUINE which cost me about $20)



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Fill tube might be frozen at icemaker .

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SOURCE: water leaking onto floor

Angels, sounds like your defrost drain is frozen over. When the refrigerator is going into defrost it's draining through the front instead of the drain pan. You can remove the shelves and peel off the back cover and clear the drain by pouring hot water on the frozen drain hole. If you have a baster of some sort you could try to squirt the hot water through the venting on the bottom of the panel. Another way to to point a hair dryer on the drain hole. The best method is to remove the shelves and panel and make sure the drain is clear. back.

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SOURCE: Whirlpool refrigerator ED22TEXHW01 ice maker

Tammi, you first want to check to make sure the water inlet tube to the icemaker is not frozen shut. Next, get yourself a jumper wire about 4 inches long with the ends stripped exposing the wire on each end. Pull off the ice maker cover, it will pull right off. Now you are looking at the module. On the module, left side, you will see two test points marked V and L. Insert one end of the jumper wire into V and the other marked L. You are now sending 120 volts to the water valve and water should fill the ice maker providing the inlet tube is not frozen over. If it doesn't fill, you either have a bad water valve or module itself. Also check to see if the clips that hold the center gear on the module are not broken. back.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007

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SOURCE: Ice Maker Overflowing

i would recommend changing the water valves as they may be sticking or leaking now you can take the icemaker loose get a small baby bottle short the terminals to cycle water fill catch it with the bottle and see how much water it dumps should be about 4 ounces if the valve leaks will over fill the ice maker over a period of time say the valve is leaking a few drops at a time and the bail arm has the icemaker shut off because its touching ice in the bin but the water just keeps dripping down the fill tube till it runs over did you replace the whole icemaker or just the motor module

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SOURCE: water leaking onto floor

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: Whirlpool Refrigerator Model ED25PW Ice maker tray not filling with water

Just had this issue - after checking all line connections, I pulled the ice maker feed water line from the back of the unit and found the tube was blocked with ice. Melted the ice with some hot water, and all is good once more. I would check for this before getting into the solinoid.

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