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Ice maker stopped working on Frigidaire Model FRS262NHW3...

It's probably 6 to 7 years old now. Had a 5 yr warranty through Worst Buy. Coincidentally, around the time the ice maker completely stopped working I noticed one morning that the frige wasn't working at all (first thought the light had burned out). Turned out it had blown the circuit breaker and it could be tied to this same ice maker problem. The circuit breaker kicked off once when I tried to reset it and then it stayed on after that. The side by side unit gets chilled water through the door as usual and the switches and the rest of the frige are working just fine. I checked the IM and apparently it's not getting any water to the freezing unit at all. The auger works -just no ice being made. Can I replace some unit in the front of the IM head, as stated in another post, provided that the tube to the IM is not frozen or clogged? TIA for any help.

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  • palsal Oct 11, 2007

    Ice maker now working - solution & suggestion in case anyone's wondering.  I bought a replacement unit from Lowes for only 50$ ($75 for exact same unit at Worst Buy).  It was identical except for the power cord.  Short story:  DO NOT DO THIS!!!!  BUY THE EXACT SAME IDENTICAL UNIT INCLUDING POWER CORD CONNECTION EVEN IF IT COSTS MUCH MORE.  In my case I thought I could get by by matching up the wiring and swapping the connector from the old unit.  Wires matched up okay but unit did not work well.  It did make a little ice surprisingly but then seemed to stop and or was extremely slow.  New IM unit was just the ticket.  Water valves all must be okay because everything works great now.  I'm out about $80 but it's worth it!!!

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I would check the valve that provides water to the ice maker before doing any thing with the ice maker head. Check voltage to the valve when the ice maker is in harvest mode. (with a good volt meter). watch the meter for the whole harvest cycle or you will miss the reading. if volage is good 99% chance youve got a bad valve, assuming the inlet tube is not frozen. Best of Luck.

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