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Hi txjulieb,
I would recommend you turn the icemaker off at wait about an hour. Go back to the refrigerator and turn the icemaker back on you should see the arm start to rise. If the timer never starts and your freezer is getting to 0 degrees then you have a bad icemaker, If the icemaker starts running about 1 minute into its cycle you will should hear a buzzing sound as the icemaker calls for water. If you hear this and no water comes in then you have a bad water inlet valve. One other possible would be your water line going into the back of the freezer is frozen, if that is the case thaw the line and replace the valve. I hope this helps and good luck to you. Mike

Posted on May 07, 2008

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