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Whirlpool Fridge Mod-ED20TQXFX01. No water is coming into ice maker. Removed plug from water supply solenoid and applied power-water then flows into tray. Arm is down on ice maker.

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  • paco2714 Sep 11, 2010

    The solenoid does work and allows water into the tray when energized. Are there any other pointers that you can suggest may be the problem?

  • paco2714 Sep 11, 2010

    There is something that I'm missing here. If I apply power to the solenoid with jumper leads to external power and the valve opens and works, wouldn't that suggest perhaps that the controller or some other switch is not supplying power to the solenoid? The solenoid that I am referring to is on a bracket on the lower rear of the fridge on the rht. side.

  • paco2714 Sep 11, 2010

    I will take your suggestion and replace the solenoid! I will let you know what I find out. Thank-you!

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Check water valve at back Its where the water line attaches to it.
Check water pressure
Pour a cup of water in the ice maker, if it ejects ice later then that
valve is probably defective
If it doesnt then the icemaker is defective
Also check temp of freezer should be below 10 degrees
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Sounds like a solenoid problem. An electrical valve that opens to allow water into the tray(s), then closes when they are full (usually by a timer). The valve may be defective or the control circuit for the valve. A plugged filter could cause symptoms like this too, but you will usually have some water coming out into the trays.


But with no water and the fact that you had to apply power before water flowed into the tray, then it is the solenoid.....

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    Tunde Autos Sep 11, 2010

    It doesn't need to be energized before it works. The solenoid is faulty if you have to energize it...

  • Tunde Autos
    Tunde Autos Sep 11, 2010

    I understand very well what you mean and am also certain of my answer because i have dealt with similar issues like this before, but if you feel it has to do will a switch or power related not getting to the solenoid, you can trace to confirm that before changing the solenoid...

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