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Water dispenser fine but ice maker not working

I have a kenmore side by side (not sure of model no.), I recently replaced the self piercing saddle valve with a larger 1/4" non-piercing type. After I turned the water back on the dispenser worked better than before, but now the ice maker isn't doing anything (and yes the arm is in the on position). Can anyone steer me in the right direction on what to do or check before calling a repairman to come out??

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  • noiceguy Jan 31, 2008

    I have a kenmore model 56666 and can get water at the dispenser but my ice maker tray is dry and out of ice.I have a fairly new filter and have pushed the reset and the accelerator button. Any suggestions??

  • 57broncos Jan 14, 2009

    I have the same problem but i didn't replace anything yet what do i need to replace

  • Jason Houston Mar 05, 2009

    ok, so i have a question. what if you do not have a frozen tube and when you switch the wire leads water DOES come out of the ice maker tube?

  • Jason Houston Mar 05, 2009

    ok, so i have a question. what if you do not have a frozen tube and when you switch the wire leads water DOES come out of the ice maker tube?

  • 57broncos May 11, 2010

    none of these suggestions helped is there a reset button or something

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Hi. A good way to check the ice maker water solenoid valve is to swith the wire lead from the dispenser water solenoid valve to the ice maker water solenoid valve. Now push the water dispenser lever and water should come out your ice maker fill tube. If not, either the fill tube is frozen or the ice maker water solenoid valve is bad. Take the 1/4 inch tube that runs up the back of your freezer off at the ice maker water solenoid valve and blow thru it. If you can't, the tube is frozen. If you can, the valve is bad. Good luck, Mack

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I have found the solution to my ice making prob. The fill tube above the tray was iced up, a few screwdriver passes to break it up and I had ice in about 3 hours. I still think I may have a prob but this was a quick fix. Thanks for the help guys.

Posted on Feb 02, 2008

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