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Kenmore fridge optical icemaker hosed

Ran out of ice noticed tray full of ice but would not dispense. Optical sensor not blinking or steady...just blank. Removed ice machine checked conection, removed ice. Reseated optical sensor conections and cleaned sensors and light came back on blinking. Checked water supply hose not frozen. A day later still no ice.

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  • iceman76 Sep 27, 2007

    I checked the continuity of the motor and heater and they were both good. I jumpered T and H on the module and also jumpered the black and black white wire at the emitter and the tray heated up and rotated the teath, but never refilled with water. The emitter checks out via diagnostics. I also energized the water solenoid for freezer by swaping electrical leads with front water dispenser and water shot into fridge when actuated. I'm looking at the emitter as a suspect even though it passed diagnostics.

  • iceman76 Sep 28, 2007

    The teeth stop at 2 oclock and the gear module is on good. I ran another module test and this time I got water. Shouldn't it run through just with the thermastat jumpered? To get it to run I have to disconnect the emitter and jumper it at the connector.

  • iceman76 Sep 28, 2007

    I just jumpered the black and black white wires at the emitter connector this time and it cycled through without jumpering the thermastat.

  • iceman76 Sep 28, 2007

    If I leave the emitter off and leave it jumpered then the ice machine will cycle through properly. Now the the optical tests passes, but I know the emitter checks with the ice machine periodically to verify it is in the home position and then it delivers power. Is there a way to verify the ice machine is in the home position or adjust it so it is? Or where I can jumper it so it thinks its in the home position all the time so the emitter will send the voltage to the ice machine?

  • iceman76 Sep 29, 2007

    Yes.....I left the emitter jumped for a couple hours yesterday and now I have have a container half full of ice. It seems like the emitter is sensing when the door is open and closed but when it comes to sending power to the ice module it forgets.

  • KB 23 Dec 07, 2007

    I have a fairly new Kenmore side by side and the ice maker stopped working but I can still get water from the water port. When i open the freezer the optical light will flash twice with a one second delay and when I hold the emitter flapper door to unblock the beam the light stays on solid. This appears to be operating correctly. Still no ice. Ice tray is empty and does not seam to be filling with water. Water filler tube does not appear frozen. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    Same symptoms, optical icemaker dead.....IR light is on, but no ice. Where can I find out about the T & H jumpering as well as the B & B/W on the emiter?



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Ice maker module assembly is probably broken

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    joey shearer Sep 28, 2007

    No the emitter is probably fine if the icemaker's module is broken it may still rotate do the teeth stop at two oclock from the front of the i/m?? does the gear on the module pull off?? it shouldnt. If all that is fine i would look to the inlet valve jumper L to v when the emitter board is jumped

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    joey shearer Sep 29, 2007

    The emitter may look to see if the internal thermostat is open or closed when it returns home but it has no other way of knowing nor does it care the i/m is energized as long as the i/maker is sensed when the bin is empty. does the i/m fill with water when u jump the emitter and you cycle it???

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    joey shearer Sep 29, 2007

    ok you have confirmed that the emitter/reciever has failed i would replace it at this point


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