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Water not going into icemaker. Water dispenser works fine.

My Kenmore Side by Side Model #106.50559001 is not making ice. Water dispenser works fine. No water is going in to make/form new ice. I came to this site ystrdy for a few solutions. I unplugged frig, removed all things from freezer, used blow dryer. First, I checked clear tube(going from frig to icemaker & it was bone dry. Then I checked aluminum tube(from water-supply to fridge), it was wet. I poured water into spot & new ice was formed & dispensed into basin but still no water went to icemaker. I'm assuming the aluminum tubing is clogged. Any suggestions?

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Check the water valve at the back of the fridge if present.

Even if you used blowdryer, ensure that linse are not frozen by performing a complete defrost.

Disconnect water lines from icemaker, and blow with compressor if the above did not work.

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