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My Kenmore S106 626636 Ice Maker is not producding ice.

I removed my ice maker in order to access the defrost drain pan on my top refrigerator freezer. When I re-installed the ice maker, it would make one tray of ice and stop due to the ejector arms not completely finishing their rotation. Some of the cubes were ejected into the bin down below but most remained onto of the ejectore arm. The metal wire on/off switch remained at the 4 O'clock position.

I disconnected the ice maker and removed it. When I assembled it again, the metal on/off switch moved to the 6 O''clock position and water filled the ice tray. When the cycle completed and the ice was ready to be ejected, the exact same defect occurred.

I seems strange that the icemaker was functioning fine until I disconnected it the first time.

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You probably have the back side of the I/M hitting the fill tube and pushing the white cup at the end of the I/M in some, which would put pressure on the arm and not let the arm fall down free during a cycle.

Posted on Sep 05, 2009


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Kenmore Model 78862891 freezer defrost drain keeps freezing up every month.

It can be issue with water valve its clogged and not letting the water to stop running and that is causing the overflow of water and that is getting freezed and then clogged.

Before going to buy any parts directly.
Go through this troubleshooting help links.


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Water leaking inside the lower part of the unit... I need to clear the drain hole in the freezer,, how do you remove the back cover in the freezer do you remove the ice maker first ? or is there a better...

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly. Since you did not mention any model number I will be responding in GENERIC terms. The procedure for a top mount freezer is different than a side by side. I am going to respond in the context of a top mount unit.
1. First remove ALL shelving in the freezer compartment
2. Then remove the ice maker. There are 3 screws that have to be removed in the ice maker. The lower screw and then the 2 upper screws. Completely remove the lower screw and then loosen the (2) upper screws until you can lift the ice-maker over the key hole slot mount holes and remove it. The wiring harness for the icemaker is then disconnected by gripping the bulkhead connector top and bottom to release the locking tabs.
3. Now remove the light bulb cover by releasing the two lock tabs with your thumb and pivot the cover toward the remaining tabs. Unscrew the light bulb and remove the bulb.
4. If there is ice on the rear cover you MUST manually defrost the unit. I recommend that you use a floor fan for about 2 hours. This makes a water mess but if you do not defrost the unit you will break the plastic air ducting during the access panel removal process.
5. AFTER manual defrosting remove all of the rear access mounting screws and tilt the panel top first at an angle to remove the top panel. I usually stick my finger in the ice maker tube hole to begin the tilting.
6. If you have to completely remove the access panel to clear the drain you will have to release the bulkhead connector from the panel by unlatching the 2 locking tabs on the female connector.
NOTE. You must also remove the bottom REAR fiber cover to gain access to the end of the compartment drain tube.
7. Remove the fiber rear cover / compressor access.
8. Inspect the drain pan and tube END for debris. Over time the END of the drain tube will self block from evaporation. Clear the END of the drain tube and use a shop vac to clean the drain pan. (not easy to reach!)
9. Remove any lint and debris from condensor coil and fan while you in this area! (nothing sharp) __________________________________________________________________________________
10. Use a cable tie (spot / Zip tie) to clear the evaporator drain in the freezer section if it is still clogged. You can use a piece of house wire if necessary to clear the drain. DO NOT use anything sharp as it will puncture the drain tubing.
11. Pour about 1/2 cup of HOT water in the drain and check to see that you have the same amount of water now in the drain pan in the bottom of the unit.

Reassemble in reverse order steps 7 to 1. (read below first)

Just so you know often ice build up is a result of an automatic defrosting circuit problem. You should check the defrost heating element and defrost thermostat for continuity BEFORE reassembly. If you have continuity reassemble everything. If either the element of the thermostat do not have continuity replace the one with NO continuity. Reassemble steps 7 to 1.

You can still have a defective defrost control even after all of this. If ice starts to build up again in 3 to 4 days after doing all of the above most likely the defrost control / timer (depending on model) will need to be replaced.

This is a generic top mount response. The procedure for a side by side is similar. Only the ice maker removal process differs slightly and you should be able to figure out how to get it out. If you need advice just respond with your model number and I will locate a manual "on line" that you can use for the ice maker removal process.

Thanks for choosing FixYa.

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Hi we have water dripping from the freezer into the main area of the refrigerator and was wondering how we can stop this leak...we turned off the water hose to the ice maker and it still leaks...

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Water is dripping into the bottom of my fridge. I have cleaned and vacumned the coils. How do I access the drain to see if it is frozen?

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Freezer drain line and upper drain pan freezes up regularly.

sounds like your fill tube is leaking
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We have a Kenmore Coldspot Model 106 70102000 with the water and ice maker, it is now leaking inside the fridge itself and we have turned the water off to the ice maker and dispenser. What is causing the...

It is probably your defrost cycle causing this. Obviously if you shut the water line off then it is not coming from there so there is only 1 other place it could be. Every 8, 10, or 12 hours depending on you defrost timer the refrigerator will defrost itself.......the frost melts into water and drains into a pan under the fridge. If the drain is plugged then it will just run into the refrigerator. If you have a freezer on top model then just remove the back wall inside the freezer, it will be a few 1/4 inch screws....If you have an icemaker then remove that too, it will be held on with 3 screws. Just look behind that wall and you will probably see ice at the bottom.....defrost the ice and pour a cup or 2 of water into the drain to make sure it is unclogged. If it is still plugged up then you have to find the clog....either in the back of the fridge behind the lower cover or in the refrig compartment near the back of the roof.

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Most likely whats happening is you have a frozen drain for the defrost cycle. here are step by step instrutions for repair
  • Unplug refrigerator
  • unload food from freezer
  • remove icemaker if present (there are 3 screws remove the one on the bottom and loosen the 2 on top of icemaker then lift it off the 2 screws unplug from wiring harness)
  • remove 2 screws holding rear cover in place
  • move cover to the side or remove from unit altogether
  • defrost any and all ice from bottom of freezer and aluminum drain pan that is now exposed
  • flush drain hole that you will see once ice is cleared with warm water. (sometimes I use a large syringe or turkey baster to forcefully flush hot water thru the drain tube)
  • reassemble in reverse order

These are general instrutions for most top freezer refrigs. but if you need more specific directions dont hesitate to ask Thanks Peyton

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Frididaire side by side refrigerator- water freezing in bottom

Frozen or Plugged Defrost Drain

On Side By Side Refrigerator

The defrost drain pan is located at the bottom of the freezer compartment behind the back wall of the freezer. On some models the pan is accessible without removing the back panel and others are not.

Once you get to the defrost drain pan use a hair dryer to melt the ice from the pan.

Once the ice is removed use a turkey baster like this one: Turkey Baster

To squirt hot water into the drain hole to clear the drain.

When the drain is clear you should hear or see the water you are squirting into the hole enter the pan under or behind the refrigerator.

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Empty everything in the freezer.
Turn water to ice maker off from source behind unit.
Remove bottom panel (two screws)
Every screw in the freezer is the exact same size. I used a screwdriver style socket and, I think
this works the best.
Remove ice maker (4 screws) and unplug from socket.
Remove rear panel (2 screws).

My freezer was loaded with ice underneath the bottom panel. The ice scraped away easily. There is a tin pan underneath the coils that drains toward the middle where the drain hole is. Again, my freezer was full of ice beneath this tin pan and, I had to scrape away. You may be tempted to try and remove the coil because it would be easier to get to drain hole. I tried this and, it did no good. Don't try it. Once all the ice was scraped away, I realized that the drain hole was plugged with ice. I used boiling hot water and used a squeeze bottle to pour the hot water into the drain hole. I then wrapped a paper towel around a thin screwdriver and used that to soak up the now cold water in the drain hole. After doing this a dozen times or so, the drain finally cleared.

Then, reassemble. This was a much easier task than I thought it would be and, will take care of it much quicker next time.

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