Question about Kenmore Refrigerators
HI. There are only two areas of concern here. The main control board routes power to the inlet valve. If the valve circuits are open, the power will not be accepted, thus, inducing a non operational valve assembly. Now; if the valve test reveals that the valve, itself, is ok, this will lead to a failed main control board(power relay failure).
To isolate the issue, you will need to inspect the inlet valve. Follow my procedure below to isolate the issue.(You will need a multimeter for the electrical section of the test)
The water inlet valve is located behind your refrigerator. Find the water supply line coming into the valve and turn it off at the source (typically under the sink or near the rear wall that your unit is placed). Disconnect the supply line. Remove the screws that secure the inlet valve in place.
The water inlet valve is connected by two wires. Label the wire placement on the water inlet valve before disconnecting the wires. The wires are connected to the terminals with slip on connectors
Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If the connectors are corroded they should be replaced.
Inspect the filter screen where the supply line connects. Remove any debris or deposits that may have built up using a toothbrush, or warm running water. If you cannot clear the clog, it will be necessary to replace the valve (the filter is not removable on most inlet valves).
Test the water inlet valve for continuity using a multimeter. Set the multimeter to the ohms setting X100 (if available, otherwise use the nearest ohm setting). Place a probe on each terminal. The multimeter should display a reading of 200 to 500 ohms. Close inspection of the inlet valve and especially the coil may reveal the exact ohm resistance rating to test for. If the water inlet valve does not pass this test, it should be replaced.
NOTE_ If the inlet assembly passes this test: Replace the main control board.(PCB)
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