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Icemaker not working

Up until about 2 weeks ago it worked like a champ. Now nothing.I don't even here the water running to fill the mold back up. There is a red light flashing next to the on-off switch, but I have know idea what that is. I do know it's not the light that tells me to replace the filter.

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Ok, if the filter has not been changed in a year or 6 months, i would recommend changing it asap. Now, if this continues to be the issue after the filter change, you will then need to replace the inlet water valve assembly.

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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

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Here are the causes for your icemaker not to fill:

1.) In the back of your refrigerator there is a solenoid valve for your ice maker and another for your water dispenser. The solenoid valve for your icemaker has the smaller plastic tubing that runs up the back of your refrigerator to the top. With the unit unplugged, remove the bottom back cover. remove the two connectors on the solenoid valve. Using a multi-meter, set the meter to the lowest Ohms. Place one meter lead on one of the solenoid metal contacts and the other lead metal contact. If the solenoid is good the meter will read; '0'.

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The only one ice maker that is repairable is the one with the cast steel mold. The others are just throw-a-ways.

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is the fresh food section/freezer cold enough? the freezer temp operates the icemaker and if there is a refrigeration problem. the icemaker is the first thing to go out..I would check to see if water is frozen inside of icemaker mold. if no water..there could be a inlet valve problem(not letting water flow into icemaker) also, check the fill tube..this is the tube that water flows into the i/m..
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Manually starting a 'harvest' cycle:

Two basic designs of domestic, analog icemakers are most common. (Electronic models come & go from time to time - shudder - but we aren't seeing them in great numbers - yet)

Pop the front cover off yours and check the large gear front & center. If the front plate is metal, and you see a Phillips
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To manually start a cycle, either grasp the ejector and rotate upward (CW fr. front), or use a screwdriver to turn the smaller gear (CCW) if yours has a slot for this. Once you turn it a short distance, you'll hear a little 'click and the unit will start to run. Make sure the ice-sensing bail has clearance to raise & lower during this test cycle.

If there's no screw, that's OK too, you own a 'modular' unit, and even though we, um, make more income from these <grin>, they're still pretty decent. Here's what a modular looks like with the front cover off:

modularicemaker.jpg

To start a cycle with this one, don't attempt to turn the gears manually! You'll need a short piece of insulated solid copper wire, 12-14 gauge. (Just strip a 4 in. piece out of some 12-2 'romex' used in house wiring
.) Strip the ends back about ¾ in. and bend it into a 'U' shape. This wire is inserted into the holes marked 'T' and 'H' in the front of the icemaker to bypass the tstat and run a cycle. (don't insert it into any holes except 'T' & 'H' !) Remove the jumper after a few seconds (or the heater will stay on), and let it run, waiting for the fill at the end. Again, make sure the ice-sensing bail has clearance to raise & lower during your test cycle.

Note: I stress this jumper wire needs to be insulated, because you're briefly jumping 120V here. The usual precautions apply


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