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Kenmore Model #70162990 the icemaker is not getting water, the supply line to the refrigerator is good.

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  • dishdlr Sep 07, 2009

    Thawing doesn't help. There is water going into the valve at the rear near the bottom, but nothing is coming out.

  • dishdlr Sep 07, 2009

    I by-passed the filter, removed the valve that feeds the water, tested the solenoid, blew air through the valve, it opens and closes, still no water to the ice maker, what next ???

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You say you have good pressure to the supply line? Follow the line into the back to a valve, One of tow things is going on. the valve is bad, or the control circuit is not supplying voltage to it. You can check the Ohm's of  the valve by - unpulging the wires and reading the spade term's with a volt/ohm meter. or you can try to make the ice maker cycle take a small screw driver and hold on top of the valve if the valve is working the screw driver will stick to the valve - magnetized. Some have a screen to catch junk in the water and that can be stoped up. turn off the water and uncrew the line at the vavle. try that. 

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  • John Fourteen Six Sep 08, 2009

    It would have to be in the control circuit. Some of the Kenmore's have a set of gears that time the water valve and the ice tray. It will have a timer that turns the gears to open the valve then turn the tray to dump the ice. Its a matter of removeing the unit and checking for striped teeth.

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The ice and water dispenser system for refrigerators is very complicated. There are many components working together that provide your ice and water. Make sure the household water is turned on to the icemaker, and make sure that there are no kinks in the water line.
Next, inspect the feeler arm of the icemaker and make sure that it is down and not blocked by any ice cubes. If it's raised, it has turned the icemaker off. This arm needs to be in the lowered position to activate the icemaker. An over-abundance of ice in the bin will make the arm stay up as a safety feature to keep the icemaker from making more ice than the bin can hold.
The water filter may be plugged with sediment, or you may have low water pressure. The water pressure for icemakers needs to be at least 40 psi, and up to about 120 psi for proper operation. Water filters need to be changed every six months. If you would like to test your water pressure, we have an Icemaker Water Flow Tester available from our website. This will help you to determine if the water pressure at the supply line is high enough for the icemaker to function properly.
To determine if your filter is plugged, look for water both before and after the filter. It may be hard to determine if there is water flowing through the filter. Sometimes it is necessary to pull the filter out of the feed line to see if water is flowing from the exit of the filter into the refrigerator or freezer. You can do this over a bucket to catch any dripping water. Some models have a filter bypass plug to help determine if the filter is clogged. If so, you would remove the filter and replace it with the filter bypass plug. Now test your water flow.
If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, you can hold a large cup or glass under it for 20 seconds. You should have poured about 13-14 oz. of water in that 20 seconds. If the amount is less, try removing the filter and bypassing it. If you now get the 13-14 oz. of water, the filter was clogged and it's time to replace it. If not, you have low water pressure in the line, and your icemaker may not work properly. You can also purchase this Icemaker Water Flow Tester to determine if the water pressure at the supply line is high enough for the icemaker to function properly.
On occasion, the water inlet tube will freeze where it enters the icemaker. This can happen because the water is dripping slowly, or the freezer is just set too cold. A hair blow dryer can be used to thaw this, but be careful around the plastic tubing. You don't want it to crack or deform. You may want to turn the thermostat up a little bit if this is a regular occurrence. If you have a constant, regular drip, you may want to invest in a new water control valve.
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