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Re: icemaker water inlet keeps freezing
This problem is caused from a bad water valve. The water line that connects to your refrigerator hooks up directly into your water valve. The way it works is this. The water valve keeps the water pressure to OFF. Whenever your ice maker needs water it simply asks the valve to open and it does. The problem is this. The valve has malfunctioned and isn't totally shutting off anymore. This lets a tiny bit of water through. This water slowly makes its way up the water line into the freezer where it freezes in your tube :) You just need a water valve! With a model number I can give you an average price. Chances are it will run anywhere from $30 - $50. Just depends on where you get it. This is also a very easy thing to change!
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The water inlet valve is bad allowing the water to drip into the tube and allowing it to freeze there clogging the tube. This is the most common cause for the tube to freeze. You will need to replace the "water inlet valve" on the back of your unit. Here is the part you need to order.
There is a tube that feeds the icemaker if you follow the water line from the inlet valve up the back of fridge and remove full tube you can see any ice buildup or try these.
There are only 3 things that will prevent an icemaker from not making ice.
1) Temperature in freezer. Most icemakers require that the temp in the freezer is at a minium of 6 degrees. If the thermostat in the icemaker is not reading this temp or below it will not let the icemaker call for water to make ice.
2) Icemaker. Is the arm on the icemaker in the correct position. Most models the arm should be down to operate and up to be off. Faulty icemaker. The internal components of the icemaker may have went out.
3) Water inlet valve. If the silinoid for the icemaker on the inlet valve is stuck it will not allow water to the icemaker. Over time inlet valves wear out.
Troubleshooting- Check the temp in freezer. If not 6 degrees or below you have another problem with your freezer. If at 6 degrees or below and you have ice and water through door unplug fridge, switch the two hoses from the inlet valve (NOT Possible on all inlets so check to make sure you can remove the hoses by pushing in on the cylinder that hose feeds into and pulling hose out) Switch the hoses than press the water through door feature. If you get water inlet valve is good. If you dont have ice and water though door than have your inlet valve tested. If inlet is good and temp is good replace icemaker. If you have any questions or need further assistance please respond. Thank you
Replace the water inlet valve. The water inlet valve on the back of unit opens when the ice maker needs water. If the valve doesn't seal good because of sediment or wear it will continue to drip and when the water reaches the ice maker supply tube it will freeze blocking the fill tube.. You can take the water line off the valve and watch to see if it drips.
The water inlet valve on the back of unit opens when the ice maker needs water. If the valve doesn't seal good because of sediment or wear it will continue to drip and when the water reaches the ice maker supply tube it will freeze blocking the fill tube.. You can take the water line off the valve and watch to see if it drips.
I don't mean to sound sarcastic here but have you lifted the icemaker arm to see if the leaks stops? If it does the icemaker water inlet thru tube from the back of the unit is somehow wither not alightned with the icemaker inlet or the icemaker itself is letting water go though it.
Having said that if your unit is all froze up in the back of your freeze and the fan can no longer circulate air properly that too can cause bot the icemaker to stop working and a leak if the upper cabinet drain is iced over.
You can make sure it is not an icing / "not defrosting" problem by unplugging the unit and placing a fan blowing into the freezer section for at least 2 hours. Mind you this will only add to your water messes but it is a must do so have the mop and rags ready when you do this. Once you have done the fan routine plug it back in and see if after 8 or more hours that the leaks stop and the icemaker functions.
If after all of this it does funtion normally then you unit is not defrosting and will need to have the defrosting system checked out. NOTE after a few days (3 - 6) it most likely will start freezing up again if there is in fact a defrost problem and it will repeat the same antics in the past. Hope this was helpful.
Pour about 1/2 cup of water into icemaker . If it freezes and dumps , replace the water inlet valve . If it freezes and doesn't dump , replace the icemaker . Make sure the coils are clean of dust , lint , etc .. for refrig to be proper temp for icemaker to work (5 degrees) .
You will need to replace your inlet valve. The problem is the water is slowly leaking into your icemaker fill line and freezing up. You will have a double inlet valve and the line going to your dispencer may be working fine but the one going to the icemaker is not sealing off. Be sure to defrost all the ice out after replacing the inlet valve. And please allow several cycles of your icemaker before it makes its first batch. It can take 2-3 cycles to fill lines and filters depending on your model. Lots of luck to you and please let me know if this helped you. Mca0824@aol.com
There should be a tube that brings water to your icemaker from the back of the fridge into the icemaker. This tube is frozen with water, or the inlet where this tube feed the icemaker tray is frozen. The result is that water cannot go to the ice maker, and instead, goes over the top of the inlet area.
Verify that this is indeed what is going on.
The fix is to remove the blockage/buildup of ice at the inlet. You may have to detach the icemaker to get to it. Be carefull with electricity! Also be carefull as plastic can break under stress!
The tube may be frozen to the inlet, channel locks can be used to gently twist the tube to break it free.