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Icemaker noise and malfunction

The icemaker, ven in the "off" position makes this whining noise. It sounds like it's trying to eject the ice (I think) Some of the cubes came out and then the tray was refilled but it still is making that noise every few minutes. I'm not very dependent on the icemaker is there a shutoff switch to end this irritating noise or does it need repair?

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  • Anonymous May 30, 2008

    The problem posted sounds similar to what we have. And while we don't use ice that often we'd like to have it still make ice and not disconnect. We tried lifting the ice maker arm to see if the noise would stop and it doesn't. It hums for about 10-15 seconds then you hear a click. It's quite constant - in that we noticed it quite recently. Now that I think about it I havn't heard the noise one hears when a handful of ice cubes falls into the tray. We've had this fridge for about 4 years without issue. It actually may still be on extended warranty. I'll have to check I just dumped out all the ice cubes in order to really know if it is making ice. It's only been 1/2 hour but I see nothing coming out so if anyone has any suggestions to tell us what to check next that would be great.

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  • hilary goldman May 30, 2008

    The problem posted sounds similar to what we have. And while we don't use ice that often we'd like to have it still make ice and not disconnect. We tried lifting the ice maker arm to see if the noise would stop and it doesn't. It hums for about 10-15 seconds then you hear a click. It's quite constant - in that we noticed it quite recently. Now that I think about it I havn't heard the noise one hears when a handful of ice cubes falls into the tray. We've had this fridge for about 4 years without issue. It actually may still be on extended warranty. I'll have to check I just dumped out all the ice cubes in order to really know if it is making ice. It's only been 1/2 hour but I see nothing coming out so if anyone has any suggestions to tell us what to check next that would be great.
    I'm posting again with my userid for this site.

  • Melissa Caswell Sep 17, 2008

    My icemake is also making icemaking noises even when the icemaker lever is in thee off position. It does not seem to make more ice, just the noise. it is driving me crazy.

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My icemaker began making a CONSTANT grinding-whining noise, as if trying to dump ice (on Sunday morning at 4am, of course). After repeatedly raising the arm which had no effect on the noise, and before smashing the fridge into oblivion, I accesed FixYa's website. The suggestion to unplug the wire harness was an INSTANT FIX to the annoying sound! Now I can wait in peace and quiet for the repair man to come out next week...

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On the back wall just above or under the fill tube youl find the wire harness , simply unplug the ice maker, while your at it 3 1/4 screws mount the ice maker to the side wall, youll have more room in freezer by removing it

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