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Kenmore side-by-side refridgerator. Freezer door was left ajar overnight. Apparently ice melted onto the dispenser motor are and refroze. Motor activates (makes sounds) but cannot turn. How do I disassemble the dispenser to remove the motor to thaw and dry it, or even to replace it?

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  • larry65 Jun 27, 2009

    Thank you for the suggestion. The HowStuffWorks link was interesting but very generic, and offered no clues about accessing a Kenmore dispenser motor.

  • larry65 Jun 27, 2009

    I am still hoping someone can tell me how to access the motor inside the ice/water dispenser. It appears fromhttp://www.applianceaid.com/ken_whirl_di... that the dispenser itself comes off from the front. Is the motor then accessible?

  • larry65 Jun 27, 2009

    It's a Kenmore (Whirlpool) 106.5156410.

    The ice bin had gotten warm enough to let meltwater get everywhere. I'm hoping that the noise I hear is the motor wanting to turn. I considered emptying the unit and letting everything thaw, but am hoping that I might be able to get just the motor out and get it thawed and dry.

    It feels like I can pull off the plastic facings on the exterior of the door, but I don't want to accidentally break any clips, tangs, snaps...


  • larry65 Jun 28, 2009

    Thanks for the detailed reply. However, the actual icemaker is making ice.

    My problem is the in-door dispenser. I can only get ice out of the bin by opening the door and grabbing cubes. Neither cubes nor crushed will dispense. The motor makes humming sounds but does not turn. Even if the bin is removed, I hear the motor trying to turn, but nothing turns.

    How do I get to the *dispenser* motor?

    Thanks!

  • larry65 Jul 06, 2009

    Not a problem with the actual icemaker. It fills the storage bin. I just can't get any ice out through the dispenser. When the freezer door was left ajar, melted ice got into the motor drive beneath the ice storage bin. It is now frozen and needs to be removed.
    How do I take off the dispenser on the outer (room) side of the freezer door to access the dispenser motor?

    Thanks!


  • larry65 Jul 06, 2009

    Thanks for your assistance! I had already tried most of the applicable suggestions, but the link you provided to the service manual had the additional information I was looking for.

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For a refrigerator to provide ice through the door, the ice maker first dumps the ice it produces into a large bin. To request ice at the door, a person presses a lever that activates a switch. The switch turns on a motor that rotates the auger. When the auger rotates, it pushes ice out of the bin, through a chute to the user.

The water dispenser works much like the ice dispenser. To request water at the door, a person presses a lever on the front of the refrigerator that activates a switch. The switch turns on an electric water valve at the back of the refrigerator. Water flows through the valve into a tube, then flows into a container in the refrigerator to be chilled. As new water enters the container, the water that is displaced flows through a separate tube to the user.

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    • The ice
      maker sends a signal to the water fill valve (normally located on the
      outside back of the refrigerator, near the bottom) to open and let
      water into the ice maker tray. The amount of water is determined by a
      cam and switch within the ice maker control panel. The icemaker sends
      the signal to open the water valve for a certain length of time (7-10
      seconds)then stops the signal.



    • The ice maker waits
      until the water is frozen--which it senses with a small thermostat
      located near the water tray. When the tray reaches approximately 10-15
      degrees Fahrenheit , the ice maker begins to harvest (eject) the cubes.



    • To harvest the cubes, the ice maker first turns on a
      small heater beneath the tray. The heater warms the tray slightly,
      which allows the ice cubes to move freely.



    • Then a sweep fork rotates and pushes the cubes up and out of the tray.



    • While
      the ice maker is dumping the cubes into a holding bin, a metal wire
      similar to a coat hanger swings up to let the cubes drop below it. When
      the cubes have dropped, the wire comes back down. If the holding bin is
      full of ice, the wire cannot come all the way back down, which stops
      further production of ice.



    • When the wire is allowed to come back down all the way, the ice maker refills with water and repeats the process.


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    mohammed marika thambi Jul 06, 2009

    Factory Service Manual try this site


    If the three mounting screws are taken off there is just enough
    freeplay in the motor and the housing to attach the boot without
    removing the nut holding the U shaped blade in place.



    Looks like the small sheet metal cover around the motor needs to be removed in order to fit the boot in place.



    Hope this helps others with a similar issue.


  • mohammed marika thambi
    mohammed marika thambi Jul 06, 2009

    Remove the ice container and try the dispenser to listen for the motor.
    If you hear it turning, empty the ice container and try turning it by
    hand.
    If the motor still doesn't run try turning the motor shaft.
    You may have to use some pliers to turn it if is frozen. Once you are
    able to turn it by hand, try the dispenser again.



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Defrooze first and find out some manuals in the web to remove the freezer..

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There should not be a problem with the ice getting to the motor - the auger motor is well above any water level.

Please use the "Continue with This Expert" option and reply with your exact make & model # so I can assist you better and provide the information you need to get your ice maker up and running again.

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    blueextc3221 Jun 27, 2009

    CLICK HERE to see the ACTUAL expanded view of your icemaker.

    The motor is #37 on the diagram and available for order HERE

    You are correct - remove the plastic trim cover - and the motor is mounted to the back of the timer assembly.

    However - it would be best to remove the icemaker and get it dried out and re-try - as it may just be unable to move because of the ice buildup.

    It should mount with 4 screws (sometimes 2) to the wall of the fridge.

    All you will need to do is turn off the water supply... disconnect the power plug, and water line inside the freezer - then let it thaw on the counter.

    Before re-mounting it - plug it back in and see if the ejector arms move as they should.
    While its out - you can also check the heater for proper resistance. (requires a digital multimeter)

    If you need further assistance - let me know by using the "Continue with This Expert" option again.

    Please be sure to rate this answer as FixYa so credit is distributed properly.




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    blueextc3221 Jun 27, 2009

    btw - the icemaker is accessed on the inside of the freezer... not through the door.



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Hi there,

Follow the below link for step by step info.(with images) -

http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-repair-a-refrigerator.htm

Good Luck!!
Thanks

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Our Kenmore side by side refrigerator ice maker makes ice but when we press the ice dispenser lever there is no sound and no ice comes out.


If your refrigerator has an ice dispenser, you are probably used to getting ice right away when a lever or button is pressed. However, if you depress the ice maker button and nothing dispenses, there is an issue with your refrigerator. There are a few different reasons why an ice dispenser would suddenly not work. It is important to troubleshoot your refrigerator first to determine the problem. Some problems can be fixed at home, while others must be repaired by a professional

1 Remove the ice bin from the freezer and press the button on the front of the refrigerator for cubed ice.
2 Open the freezer door and hold down the switch on the door, which "tricks" the freezer into thinking the door is closed, and push the lever or button to dispense ice. The motor behind the ice bin should turn. If it does not, this means the motor is frozen.

3 Remove the motor, following the directions in your refrigerator's manual. Heat and dry out the motor with a hairdryer until the motor turns again, then reinstall the motor according to the manufacturer's directions.

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1 Remove the ice bin to see if it is overloaded. Ice bins that are too full can cause new ice being produced to back up and cause blockage. If this is the case, dump out the ice and rinse out the ice bin with hot water until any blockage is melted.

2 Examine the separator that divides the ice storage bin from the ice dispenser for holes. If the separator has a hole or is cracked, it must be replaced.

3 Watch the flap on the ice dispenser as you hold down the door switch and simultaneously press the button to dispense ice. If the flap does not close all the way, check for ice blockage and gently remove it. If there is no blockage, the flap will need to be replaced.

Hope this tips would help.

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Remove the top freezer door hinge cover ( 1 screw holding it on ) , and disconnect the plug there . This will disconnect the power to the door dispensor .

Using a butter knife or small screwdriver , insert it in the bottom of the dispensor cover between the grill and the cover .
Push down and in wards , to force the bottom of the cover outward , being careful not to break the 2 or 3 built on plastic clips on the cover .
After the lower portion has been disconnected , lift the cover up to disconnect the top clips and then remove the plug on the cover .

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