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Ice maker leaking water after replacing the solenoid valve two times

The ice maker was making ice and leaking a long ice cycle in the front of the ice maker. I replaced the solenoid valve and the problem did not go away. I replaced the solenoid again and still have the same problem. What can be done?

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  • lharry54 Apr 09, 2008

    My ice maker is dripping water from the connection on the back wall of teh freezer, which is then freezing. I have an ice floe on the shelf under the icemaker, a waterfall on the back wall of the fridge, and the ice in the bottom of the ice holder is all frozen into one big cube because of the water. Kenmore 363-9762821. Anyone know of any way I can fix this without calling a repairman?



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Maybe the solenoid stays on too long during the fill cycle.. broken gear maybe or out of adjustment

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Michael, I suspect that the water solenoid valve needs replacement--that symptom usually causes either a slow leak and an overflowing ice cube tray or no water flow at all. To test the solenoid valve, slide your refrigerator out and view the back cover. There should be a double solenoid valve down near the bottom back of your refrigerator, one solenoid valve for the water serve spout on the front of the freezer door, and the other solenoid valve for the ice maker. I'd swap the clear plastic lines (to the door water spicket and the icemaker, put a plastic cup under the door water spicket and check in a few minutes for water leaking into your cup--if it does leak into the cup, you've found the problem! There are seval excellent videos on the web covering how to replace the valve, see:

That solenoid is controlled by a cam driven switch built into the ice maker motor assembly which can occasionally go bad and need replacement or adjustment, but my experience points to a leaking dirt plugged-open water solenoid valve. Replacment solenoid valves are easy to replace at a cost ranging from $20 to $78 with free shipping to your doorstep--check ebay!

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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

Ok, I am going to give you a series of things to check.

1.) Reach into the back of your ice maker. You have a fill cup and a full tube. Are they filled with ice? If so you have a frozen fill tube. You must remove the ice maker and with a hair dryer clear the tube.
To remove the ice maker:


On the left hand side there are two screws on top - loosen them. On the bottom there is one screw - remove it. There is a conduit connector in the rear - squeeze the tabs to release. Now, lift the ice maker up and pull away from the wall. If the ice maker does not lift out, loosen the top screws a little more.

2.) reach into your ice maker mold (tray) are their any ice cubes jamming the unit? Clear and lift your lever arm up and then down.

3.) Were you getting small ice cubes? And then no ice cubes? This could be a ice maker solenoid valve problem.
This component cost $165.00. You can get It for about 40% less on the internet. Part number 215197400. Purchase locally, Cost $55.00.

4.) You will need a multi-meter to check the solenoid valve. Unplug the unit. remove the bottom cover. You have a duel solenoid valve assembly. On the right bottom is your solenoid assembly. The plastic tubing running up the wall is for your ice maker. With a multi-meter set to the lowest Ohms, disconnect the two contacts on the ice maker solenoid. On the solenoid, use your meter leads on each contact. You should get a reading of '0'. if it is good. Anything other than '0' is bad.

5.) Within your ice maker you may have a bad thermostat.

This component is $62.00.

If your ice maker solenoid valve is good, rather than try to repair your ice maker, you can purchase a ice maker locally for $110.00, or go on line and purchase one for $45.00.

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Hello Mary;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.
You probably have a stuck spool or a plugged screen in your single solenoid water valve as a result of not running the unit.
You must also be careful, plastic tubing over time exposed to the normal heat that comes off the compressor, will dry out become brittle and crack. This is the tubing from the ice maker solenoid to your ice maker water feed tube, will one day need to be replaced.
I suspect your ice maker is fine. Lets check it out. I have faith that you can do this. Without unplugging you unit, Remove the white square cover on the front of your ice maker. This cover pops off. There are no screws or retainers. You may need a small flat head screw driver (or butter knife) to wedge the cover off.
After the cover is off, you will see what is called the ice maker motor module. In the center of the module is a small white gear. You will see several small holes. At the 5:00 position you will see 2 holes. One hole is marked 'T' and the other hole is marked 'H'.
We are going to force start the ice maker by jumping it. So, we need a jumper.
Make a jumper - obtain a 3" long piece of either 12 or 14 gauge wire. Strip 1/2" off each end to show bare wire. Form this wire into a horse shoe shape. Perhaps your local hard ware store can help you make one.
Now, put one end of the wire into the 'V' hole and one end into the 'H' hole. The white gear will start to turn. After about 3 seconds remove the jumper wire. At this time your ice maker is cycling. There are fingers that rotate and discharge the ice cubes from the ice cube mold. When these fingers reach the 12:00 position your water valve opens. I suspect you will not hear the normal water flow into your ice maker and you will leak water at the valve.
Therefore if the ice maker cycles (No water fill) and the water valve leaks - bad water valve.
I am limited on the length of my response to questions. Post question. Let us change the water valve. The water valve over the internet is about $25.00.


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With the arm up in the ice tray, the water solenoid valve should be closed. When the arm drops, that tells the ice maker to open the water solenoid valve to fill the ice maker tray. It sound like the leak is at the inlet side of the water solenoid valve. On some models its not easy to get to, but follow the water line to it. Hope this is it for you. Good luck.

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Good day,
When the ice maker harvests, near the very end of the harvest cycle, contacts in the ice maker send power to the water valve in the bottom back of the machine, for a period of 7 seconds, after which, the water valve must shut off smartly.
Appears the valve doesn't close fast enough, or completely.
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