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U-Line Model WCM48

My icemaker will not fill water into the tray. I have checked the water supply and have made certain that the lines are not plugged . Also the inlet screen on the Valve is clean from the supply line. The ejector blades are in the upward position which I think is the correct spot when water is needed. I no longer hear the click sound when the ice maker requested water. Is this a bad Solenoid Valve or a indication that I need a new module. Any test that I can run?

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You can try to advance your icemaker by removing the white cover on your icemaker and turn the smaller gear counterclockwise to advance the icemaker. When the icemaker starts wait until the ejector blade gets to 10 oclock position this is where it calls for water. The test would be unplug the coil on the valve and put a meter lead on each one. If you see 120 volts then replace the valve. If you dont see it it could be the water switch inside the head of icemaker.

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