THe ice maker is not making ice. The red light is flashing.
It is in the on position, and the temperature is fine.
the refrigerator is 5 1/2 yrs. old. The ice container was emptied to make ice tea, and it appears to have stopped working then.
The water was turned off to the house when the plumber replaced the water heater. Any tips?
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Re: THe ice maker is not making ice. The red light is...
A weird coincidence. Simply taking out an ice container shouldn't cause problems of course, nor should turning off the water to the house. I'll give you my normal explanation of it being either the ice maker or the water valve.
With ice makers it is almost always one of two things. The ice maker itself, or the water valve (valve is located on the backside of the frig, bottom right hand side almost 100% of the time). Figuring out which one is easy, and I will help explain.
First thing is the frig has to be cold enough for the ice maker to even start working. I'm assuming we have the cold part taken care of. Next, the machine will start a cycle and ask for water. Here is where the valve comes in. The ice maker energizes the valve and it opens allowing water to rush up the back of the frig and into the ice maker. After the ice freezes the ice maker goes into harvest and dumps the ice.
In conclusion, you either have an ice maker that stalled at some point during that cycle (in which case you need a new ice maker). Or the water valve is not opening, thus no water enters the ice maker and you get zero ice.
Quick facts: If you have ice in the ice maker and it is not dumping, you need a new ice maker. If it is empty, you have to either wait for it to ask for water or manually advance the ice maker into cycle so you do not have to wait.
At this point you will hear the water valve energize or not. If it never energizes, the ice maker is not working right, if it energizes and you get squat, the valve needs to be replaced.
If you have experience with a multimeter you could detach the harness going to the ice maker and simply hook up your leads. When the ice maker asks for water, you should get 110v reading on the meter. If you do, the valve is bad and needs to be replaced.
If I can be of any further assistance please let me know. good luck!
Oh, and the valve probably sells for between $50 and $100 depending on where you buy it. The ice maker should run between $100 and $180.
P.S. There is a remote chance the filter needs to be replaced. An old filter can cause water pressure issues and you may not get enough water into the ice maker.
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Here is my step by step instructions to follow. 1. Look inside your refrigerator and locate the temperature control switch. This is usually situated around the middle of the refrigerator's back panel. Some switches have a wheel mechanism, whereas others use digital displays. 2. Turn the temperature control wheel down to zero or switch to "Off" if you have a digital display. 3. Move your refrigerator away from the wall. Refrigerators are extremely heavy, so enlist the help of another person, if possible. 4. Unplug the refrigerator cord from the wall outlet. Leave unplugged for around two or three minutes. 5. Attach the power supply back to the wall outlet and position the refrigerator back against the wall. Your refrigerator temperature is now reset. Switch the temperature control back to "On" and adjust the temperature to the level required. 6. Open the ice making area of your refrigerator if it is producing watery ice cubes or an inconsistent water supply. 7. Locate the water filter status light inside the ice maker. This is usually a small rectangular light situated at the side of the ice maker. 8. Push the switch next to the status light seven or eight times in quick succession. This will reset your ice maker. 9. Check the status light. This should turn from red to green once the switch has been pressed several times. The green color indicates the ice maker has been reset. Remember if you FRIDGE is on warranty you just send it first to the manufacturer.
The red light should flash twice , pause then flash twice constantly . If you close the flap on the left side , then the light should go off . This shows the optics (ice maker cut off ) are good .
Check the black tube ( fill tube ) , which puts water into the ice maker , to see if it is iced inside . If so , then the water valve behind the refrig is bad . It seeps into the tube and freezes , blocking the water flow .
Pour about 2/3 cup of water into the ice maker . If it freezes and dumps , then the water valve needs replaced . If it doesn't dump , and stays frozen in the ice maker , replace the ice maker . Also , make sure the coils under the front of the refrig are clean , as this will cause warmer temp in the freezer and the ice maker needs 5 degrees to operate .
Open the freezer door and on the right side , make dure the slide is in the on position . If the red light flashes twice , then pauses , flashes twice , pauses , consistently , then close the flap door on the left side of the freezer . The light should go off . If these tests work , then the cut-off optics are good , and the icemaker needs replaced , due to the cubes not dumping . Also check the coils under the front of the refrig , to make sure they are clean of dust , lint , etc.
Please check whether the ice maker has been turned off. Here's how to check.
Look for a wire along the right side of the ice maker that looks a bit like a coat hanger. If this wire is in the raised position, the ice maker is turned off. On some units you simply lower the wire to the down position to turn the ice maker on. On others, you lower a small red plastic lever to lower the wire. If the wire is in the proper position check the freezer temperature, it should be between 0-8 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is warmer than 10-12 degrees, the ice maker may not produce any ice. Check your door seals and thermostat, repair/replace as necessary.
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Check to see whether the ice maker has been turned off. Here's how to check. Look for a wire along the right side of the ice maker that looks a bit like a coat hanger. If this wire is in the raised position, the ice maker is turned off. On some units you simply lower the wire to the down position to turn the ice maker on. On others, you lower a small red plastic lever to lower the wire. If the wire is in the proper position check the freezer temperature, it should be between 0-8 degrees Fahranheit. If it is warmer than 10-12 degrees, the ice maker may not produce any ice. Check your door seals and thermostat, repair/replace as necessary.
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The problem is in the water valve.
The water supply line going to the Ref is connected to a water valve. This valve is not shutting off completely which causes water to drip into the ice maker. This dripping will freeze and eventually completely block the fill tube in the freezer.
if the temperature of the freezer is above normal (0-5 degrees) the icemaker will not function properly -- you've probably got sealed system issues -- listen to see if the compressor is running -- if so, more than likely have either a leak or a restriction in the sealed system -- if less than 5 yrs old -- call the manufacturer, it might be covered.