Ice maker does not make ice
1) If the icemaker doesn't
make ice but you can see the arm swing into motion and you hear a buzz
for about 10 seconds after it is finished, the water valve is asking
for water that isn't arriving. This means the valve and the solenoid
are probably okay, but the water supply is not. Be sure the water
supply line isn't kinked behind or beneath the refrigerator (1/4-inch
copper tubing is much better than plastic fill line).
Check to see if something has caused ice to back up around the
mechanism—this can cause the fill tube to freeze, blocking the
mechanism. When ice cubes are small and seem to be getting smaller, it
generally indicates a frozen fill tube.
the water line that enters the back of the freezer for a blockage. Find
the water shut-off valve behind the refrigerator or under the sink,
turn it off, unscrew the copper line from the back of the refrigerator,
put the copper line in a bucket, turn on the valve, and see if
pressurized water pours out.
4) Check the tap
valve; a bad tap valve may cause the problem where the icemaker's
supply tube connects to the water pipe. If necessary, replace the inlet
valve and the tap valve. For the tap valve, use the type that requires
you to drill a 1/4-inch hole (as opposed to the "self-piercing" type).
You can do this yourself, or call a repairperson or plumber to install
an inline water filter when replacing the valve.
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The water line attaches to a solenoid at the back of the refrigerator,
and then travels to the icemaker. The solenoid may be defective or may
not be receiving power. You can try removing the sediment screen inside
the solenoid and flushing it with water to clean it; be sure to inspect
any seals or diaphragms. Unplug the refrigerator first. Unless you're
skilled at home repairs, this job is better left in the hands of an
a rule, refrigerators are the most dependable of all large appliances.
Even so, they do fail to do their jobs adequately on occasion, and when
they do, the results can be disastrous because expensive food can spoil
in a hurry.
most problems call for a repairperson, there are a few simple repairs
you can handle yourself by checking the power, controls, condenser
coils, and other parts outside of your refrigerator's sealed, hermetic
Remember that the best way to lengthen the
life of a refrigerator is to clean the condenser coils once a year—or
more frequently if they get dirty.
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