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There should be a shut off valve at the beginning of the water line that the installer tapped into when installing your icemaker. Mine runs down through my kitchen floor into my laundry room and is tapped into a copper cold waterline with a small handle attached to it.

To stop icemaker from making ice simply raise the lever to the up position that is attached and hangs next to your icemaker tray. This works on most models.

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Why won't the ice maker shut off even when I shut off the switch? The ice maker does not use a shut off arm or lever


Ice Maker Doesn't Turn Off If your ice maker keeps making ice, even when it is full:
1Lift the bail wireto shut off the ice maker, and remove the ice bin. Then, using a screwdriver if necessary, remove the ice maker, clean it thoroughly, and then reinstall it.
2If the problem persists,consider removing and replace the entire ice maker and valve. With this type of problem, you can have it repaired, but it's often wiser and less expensive in the long run to replace the unit entirely.



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Water flow tube on ice maker leaking by causing ice blockage


When the ice maker calls for water, the valve sends water to the ice maker in the appropriate amount and then shuts off, sending no more water until the ice maker calls for it again. If the water fill line is freezing up, this will cause a leak the next time the ice maker calls for water. The water has to go somewhere. The problem is more than likely the the water valve. It is not shutting off completely and it is allowing a small trickle of water to be constantly sent to the ice maker. This causes the fill line to freeze up and clog. Replace the water valve and defrost the water fill line and solve the problem.

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Subzero freezer with ice maker. Ice melts and refreezes, into blocks of ice. What could be causing this?


Good day,
In most cases it is the water valve that feeds water to the ice maker well. The valve is energized by the ice maker to fill for 7 seconds and then shut off promptly.
The valve will many times dribble water into the well after shut off, causing an overflow problem.
The fix is a new water valve kit.
The only other possibility is the freezer temperature going above freezing from time to time, but is a rare problem.

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Ice maker not producing ice. Changed the water solenoid valve and the ice maker. still no ice! what is the problem here. how can i remedy this.


Good Day,
Obvious but,
Shut water off to house at the meter. Remove supply line to water valve. Place end in a bucket, have someone turn on main valve for a 15 second count. Should have a hard steady supply from the line into the bucket.
If no joy, and this is common,
Remove Ice maker and see if ice has built up in supply tube from outside back of machine into the rear of the ice maker.
If iced, defrost, but caution. Heat guns, hair dryers ect. can do more harm than good. Go slow.
I do not recommend heat because of all the plastic and vinyl. Just shutting down the machine by unplugging it, and air drying.
P.S. I've installed brand new ice makers and valves that didn't work out of the box.

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My ice maker appears to be overfilling when allowing water to enter tray///


More than likely the water valve on rear of unit is not shutting of in time (occurs alot living out in the country where one is on water well). This box also has a ice maker that can ware down and run slow, doesn't shut water off before it supposed to. If you have not replaced Ice Maker within the last 4-6 years replace I/m and water valve, it's time for repalcement.

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MY FREIND HAS A MAYTAG REFRIGERATOR WITH ICE MAKER IN A HOUSE THEY JUST BOUGHT. THE WATER WAS SHUT OFF AT THE ICE MAKER SHUT OFF VALVE IN THE BASEMENT. TURNED THE WATER ON, WILL NOT SHUT OFF, IT JUST KEEPS...


there is a electronically controlled soliniod valve that only opens when ice maker or water is needed, check this valve at back of fridge where water input connects to my be stuck open tap on side of solinoid

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My ice cubes appear to be hollow. what is causing this?


The water valve is not letting enough water in . Replace the water valve .

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Brand new ice maker, water fill to tray will not shut off


The new ice maker should tell the dual water valve on rear of refrigerator to turn on if the tray makes a complete cycle. So the new ice maker is defective or the water valve on back is stuck open that leads up to the ice maker. Unplug the wires to the water control valve on back of the refrigerator and then turn the ice maker on. If the water continues to flow I recommend replacing the water valve. If the water stops coming to the ice maker I recommend returning the new ice maker. You only need to unplug the side of the water control valve leading to the ice make. I also recommend a pre-filter for the incoming water before the water control valve. Makes the water and ice better and keeps trash from damaging the water control valve. Let me know your results or if you need more assistance, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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Ice maker for Kenmore model 532343 not working


Does your water have minerals?
Faulty Water Valve
Your ice maker is designed to fill with water for 6 to 8 seconds. Check to see that the ice maker is not sending power to the water inlet valve for a period longer than what you unit is designed for. Does your water have minerals?

Also check to see if the water inlet valve is closing too slowly. The power to the valve is being shut off in the correct amount of time, but due to wear and tear in the valve, it is closing too slow.

Check the timing on the value. Put a volt meter across the leads of the water inlet valve. Set the voltage range to cover the 120v voltage. Cycle the ice maker and watch the meter. When the ice maker begins to fill with water the meter will read voltage coming from the ice maker. Time the difference between when the voltage is cut from the valve and when the water quits filling the ice maker.

If the water shuts off immediately when the voltage is removed, the valve is probably good. Since it was off 10 days the particle build-up on the valve may be the problem since it could solidify. You could try working the valve back and forth or replace it.

If the valve closed quickly then the problem is the valve was opened too long.
If that is the case then you have an ice maker control problem. In that case see if the timing can be adjusted.

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Sounds like a water valve problem to me. Force the ice maker to cycle. (turn it off and let it get cold for at least an hour then turn it back on). Test for voltage on the ice maker side of the valve. The valve is usually in the back near the floor. Just follow the water line. Another solution. switch the wires on the water valve. then try the water dispenser and see if it makes the ice maker fill up. See if when the ice maker cycles water comes out the door. If the ice maker causes water in the door , replace the valve, If door switch causes ice maker to fill up replace ice maker again.

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