I read that using a hair dryer to warm up the area was helpful. I used it a couple of years ago and that worked. It has stopped making ice again. I can not find my manual, could you tell me exactly which area to heat up? Is it under it or from the back where the water comes in.
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Re: Ice maker stopped
The water inlet valve is the control device that controls the flow of water to the ice maker, it is energized during the last few seconds of the harvest cycle. During these few seconds there should be 110v power to the water inlet valve, if there is power to the valve but the valve does not open to allow water to flow then the valve is defective and must be replaced if the valve does open it could be that the water supply line inlet tube has frozen solid this can be thawed with warm water or a hair dryer. The area of the tube vulnerable to freezing is where the water line enters the freezer section and connects to the water supply inlet of the ice maker. Also there are obviously other reasons that it might have stopped such as a faulty harvest thermostat, your freezer is to warm and of course your shutoff arm in the off position, be sure to clear the simplest potential causes of the failure first. Hope this helps.
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On my Whirlpool, the water splashes on the rotating parts and sometimes freezes the maker stopping it. Pull the plug on the fridge, use the hose on a vacuum machine plugged into the exhaust to get warm air to the ice maker or use a hair dryer to warm up the ice maker. After you are sure it is defrosted, plug the frige back in and listen for sounds of the ice maker turning or observe every couple minutes to see if the rotating parts are turning
Hello, my Kenmore was also not making ice about 2 years ago, but everything
else worked. It seemed that the tube directly inside the freezer where
it was filling the ice trays was frozen. My husband used a hair dryer
to unthaw the tube. It's been working every since. Also, my sister had
a Kenmore Elite, with the same problem but her husband didn't know what
the cause. So they also tried the hair dryer, and now it works fine.
Ben open your freezer section and reach to the very back and top of your ice maker where the water inlet tube is located. Use your finger and check for ice formation near the end of the water inlet tube where the ice maker plastic water channel is.
If there is ice in that area unplug your unit and use a hair dryer to thaw out that area. Try not to keep the hot air blowing in the same place when your using the hair dryer so as not to melt any plastics. This some times just happens all by it self that there is ice formation in the water inlet area. While the unit is unplugged use the hair dryer to free your ice tray also.
Once you restart the unit it can take longer than usual before you have ice cubes again. Not more than 1 day. If you continue to have ice formation in your freezer section then your ice maker has and internal failure of either the water control micro switch or actuation lever. The ice maker can be repaired but the cost will be about 60 percent of the cost of a new icemaker..
Fastest way is to remove the ice maker tray so that you have an open area where the ice maker filling tube is, then cover your food with a towel or something to help prevent it from thawing while you let refrigerator defrost for about 20 to 30 minutes with a hair drier on warm or a small fan blowing directly on ice maker where the water fill tube or opening is. I does not need to be right next to the ice maker just an unrestricted open area to let it warm sufficiently to thaw it out without thawing out your food in the freezer. A small piece of ice can stop the valve from opening and this can happen if it is not used regularly.
Try using a hair dryer to thaw out the rubber tubing leading to the ice tray. On mine, I opened up the front door to the icemaker and found the rubber tubing leading in. I squeazed it, it felt frozen, so I applied heat. Water began dripping out, the area thawed, and I had ice again within a short period of time.
theharrisont, You state that...." ice maker stopped working after it flooded our kitchen floor." The water works because the water fountain dispenser uses a separate part of the Water Valve. The ice maker portion of the water valve is defected and the entire Water Valve Assembly will have to be replaced. Your problem is the dual Water Valve Assembly which is located on the rear bottom area of the refrigerator (follow the water inlet line from the wall to the refrigerator...the water inlet line connects to the Water Valve Assembly). The significant info which you provided was that the ice maker flooded the kitchen which indicates the Water Valve Assembly is defected. Failure to replace the Water ValveAssembly will result in the same problem of flooding at some later date. Replacing the dual Water Valve Assembly is just one step of several steps necessary to correct the problem. You will also have to temporarily remove the ice maker from the freezer (usually a couple of screws hold it to the wall and a quick disconnect electrical plug) and put it in the sink and run warm water over to remove any ice. Before you reinstall the ice maker you must check the Water Fill Tube that dumps the water into the ice maker. Because you said that the ice maker flooded the kitchen, then the Water Fill Tube is probably filled solid with ice which must be removed. A hair dryer is a quick way to achieve this. Blow hot air directly into the end of the Water Fill Tube which dumps the water into the ice maker. Note: Use a long screw driver to insert into the Water Fill Tube to break loose any ice and continue to use the hair dryer to help to remove any ice.
This should correct your problem
It is due to the defrost timer is not working. Once it is replaced, you should be good for another year. The information is given by the repairman. I have this replaced two days ago. The MayTag part number is: 61005988.
Usually it is prudent to unplug the fridge. Yes there may have been water in the line, You could allow the freezer to warm slowly for a few hours, however a warm (not hot) hair dryer will do the job well. PS I do have all 4 refrigeration licenses. Also is the water filter connected and clean, are the solenoids clicking when requested?