We have tried all the usual things and have now found that the water is only going so far up the water pipe at the back of the fridge. The water comes out of the water dispenser but does not go all the way to the ice maker. Can you help
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Re: amana ice maker not working
From your description, would it be likely to assume that you are experiencing a water pressure issue? If so, then I would start the investigation at the supply valve that attaches to your homes water lines and do whatever is best for you, i.e. replace the valve or attempt to disassemble and inspect it for blockage. Once that has been removed from the list of suspects, the next culprit is your water inlet valve on the refrigerator. This has filter screens and can become blocked by water residue. These can be removed and cleaned or you can replace the valve to completely eliminate any other electrical/mechanical aspects of the valve. Below is a link to assist you in finding parts and diagnostic tips. http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/smartsearch.aspx Tip: Always provide the complete information provided on the manufacturers product information data tag, located on the unit, and not in the user’s manual. This will help you acquire a more accurate and expeditious response to your complaint.
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I found with most things that stop working suddenly, I first recall any recent changes/ updates. What Electrical additions plugged in or unplugged? Any visitors who might have flipped a switch, tinkered with or bumped the devices controls? this works for computer software too. What was recently installed or removed? 1. If the Icemaker metal arm is up, Ice Maker thinks it's full, Answer: lower the arm 2. Visually check the plastic water trough that feeds water into the ice tray. Careful never to use sharp metal to remove ice from it, since gouges or scratches will remove the teflon coating, allowing water to freeze in the scratch tracks, therefore building up ice to block flow again. 2. If the water supply is kinked, no water can get through. Answer: Carefully pull Fridge away from the wall far enough to inspect the water line for blockage. (Warning: un-kinking copper coil can lead to leaks and breaks!) 3. Water supply has been turned off or blocked at the source. A: Back track to the source for blockages, breaks or if turned off. The water is usually supplied via 1/4 inch saddle valve attached to a vertical cold water pipe and by code should be accessible. Most are found attached to the cold water inlet pipe above the hot water heater. (Warning: these valves commonly leak when turned off, since they are always in the 'open' position for years.)
This problem where the icemaker is not working properly is usually broken into sections on diagnoseing the issue of why your not getting ice out of the icemaker. One of the first things that you should check is if the icemaker is getting water to the ice tray. If you are not getting water to the ice tray then the first thing you should check would be your water filter. If your water filter is clogged or dirty you will not get any water going to the icemaker. Following checking the filter and if you still had no water going to the icemaker you would then go around the back of the machine and test the water valve. By using a multimeter you can test the two connectors that plug onto the solenoids to assure that you do have power going to the water valve. Also in some cases you may be able to disconnect the line and clean the small screens on the inside of the valve but most of the time if there is any issue with the valve it is by far easier to just replace the water valve itself. If you do have water going to the Ice maker yet your icemaker is still not working. You can also try defrosting the ice maker by disconnecting the three screws holding the ice maker in place and removeing the entire icemaker and running it under hot water. Sometimes this does help to defrost parts that are froozen in the unit. If after you reinstall the ice maker and you do have water going to the ice maker yet your unit still does not produce ice, and you can feel ice on the inside the tray and you have tried defrosting the ice maker. It is always easier and cheaper to replace the ice maker as a whole rather then buying parts for the ice maker which would cost you about Four times as much as buying a new icemaker
I had the same thing - turns out the wife tried to put a wine bottle in to the ice tray to chill it - in turn it had pushed the water pipe back a little too far and so was causing water to spill out - see if you can pull the pipe forward a little - you will need to remove the ice cube bin - and get in to a funny angle to get to it -but its do-able.
There should be a shut of valve where the water pipe enters the refer. at the back; usually low on the machine. A practical joker might have shut it off. The orientation of the switch will tell you. The lever should be in line with the direction of water flow for it to work. If that's not the problem, the valve may have to be replaced or cleaned. They usually aren't made to be removed easily and probably have to be soldered in place so they don't leak. Jim Hart
Is the freezer cold enough? Should be close to 10 degrees.
Is there water or ice in the ice mold? If not put water in
it and see if it dumps the ice after it’s frozen.If there is ice, lift the cut off arm and let
it drop to see if it will start.
If it does dump the ice but don’t refill with water.
Try swapping the wires on the dual water inlet valve. Then
try the water dispenser. The water should go to the ice maker. This will tell
you weather or not the ice maker valve is working and if the line is clear.
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.You can take the water
line off the valve and watch to see if it drips.
one possible solution is that the ice maker water valve has failed (solenoid). I would try switching the wires on the water valves and see if water goes into the ice maker when you push the water dispenser button, if it does the valve is ok. If you go this far go ahead and fill the ice maker with water ( about half to two thirds full) switch wiring back as first found and see if maker will freeze and dump ice, if it does ok, if not the problem is probably in the ice maker.
Probably the double water inlet solenoid valve on the back of the cabinet (one for the water and one for the ice, one component).
Or a blockage in the water supply line, and even on one occassion the pipe feeding the ice machine was not in situ and water runs down the back of the freezer. Easiest way to check is to locate this part (back RHS) and switch the ice and water over and see if this has an impact. If you are not a practical person do not touch the back section (compressor side). Hope this helps.
On most Amana cabinets the water supply for the water and ice are from two solenoid valves. The water coming in goes to a double water solenoid valve splitting the incoming water so the fact there is water coming through as chilled water is not verifying that there is water supply for the ice maker. If technically minded you could locate this valve (normally at the back rhs ; compressor section) and try switching the supplies to check the solenoid valve. If you have water coming through then it may well be the icemaker module not asking for the water supply. As the simplest first step I would try defrosting the whole machine overnight and see if there is an improvement. I do know that checking the module is time expensive and would really need to be done by an engineer or alternatively replace this item. Hope this is of some help.