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Fridigare refrigerator model number FRS6LR5EB3 icemaker not filling with water. When icemaker is on under ice cube tray is hot to touch.

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  • abasile4 May 17, 2009

    Thank you. I also noticed that sometimes when I put the icemaker arm down to the make ice position, it will rise on it's own to the up or do not make ice position. Is this an automatic feature because of the lack of water?

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If icemaker gets hot, then you may have a faulty valve solenoid on Icemaker.
Before checking the icemaker check the inlet valve at the back of the fridge, and ensure water lines are not frozen.

the solenoid may be tested using a multimeter.

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The revolving shaft has a notched plastic cam at its base. Just before the cubes are pushed out of the icemaker, the cam catches hold of the shut-off arm, lifting it up. After the cubes are ejected, the arm falls down again. When the arm reaches its lowest resting position, it throws a switch in the circuit, which activates the water valve to begin another cycle. If the arm can't reach its lowest position, because there are stacked-up ice cubes in the way, the cycle is interrupted. This keeps the icemaker from filling your entire freezer with ice; it will only make more cubes when there is room in the collection bin.

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