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#1 sbeausol

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:35 AM

I have an older kenmore side-by-side fridge model #363.8587781 which runs well except for two problems in regard to the icemaker:

1. The arm which turns the icemaker on/off fails to stay in the off position, and most be held there by a rubber band - I am assuming this might be a bad spring?

2. When the icemaker is on, it fails to make ice and eventually results in a puddle in front of the fridge. I expect this is simply because the water line is plugged (I suspect it is frozen). My question is what is the best way to remedy this, and how can I prevent the line from freezing in the future?

Any help is appreciated!

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:57 AM

Hummmmmm, this is a G.E. frig with the Kenmore name slapped on it.  The spring in the ice maker head could be broken or out of place.  Remove the ice maker and them the head to see what the spring is doing.  About the water on the floor in front of the box, do not see the ice maker causing this unless the water that should go into the ice maker every 2 hours or so is missing the ice maker and is going into the freezer and then onto the floor.  If it does this puddle thing 2-3 times a day, would suspect the defrost drain in the frig is stopped up. The no water into the ice maker could be a frozen fill tube, defrost this.  Or a bad fill valve, replace this.  Or the ice maker is not giving power to the fill valve.  Need to check out all of these things further.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:09 AM

I only get a puddle when the icemaker is turned on

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:13 AM

Ok, see if the water is going into the freezer, activate the ice maker and see where the water is going, might be a loose or split water line to the ice maker or the tube got knocked kattywhopper somehow, sounds like the water is going into or behind the box when the ice maker calls for water, might be a loose or broken line at the back of the box, pull it out and see if this could be the problem since it would run onto the floor and out which ever way the floor might be leaning.  These G.E. frige's are known for the water lines on the back by the compressor to get brittle and crack or break.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:28 AM

This sounds good - what is the easiest way to check the lines? My fridge has a 12" opening on the bottom in the back, and the rest is closed off...

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:43 AM

The fill valve and water lines will be behind the bottom panel, pull the box out, then start the ice maker into a harvest cycle, will take 5 minutes or so before the ice maker gets to the fill postion, at that time you might get a visual on where the leak might be.  Does this ice maker have 2 gears on the head or one after you remove the cover.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 11:27 AM

Type o' icemaker help here:

http://fixitnow.com/...peoicemaker.htm

 

And it sounds like the 1/4" plastic water tubing in back is broken.  Pull the fridge out, drop the service panel, and get some eyeballs on it. 


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Posted 21 July 2005 - 12:53 PM

for the record I have the 'the old-style Whirlpool icemaker' and it does not appear that the line is frozen - will check in back for broken lines

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 06:14 PM

Ok - I have located the leak - The water line running to the icemaker is in new condition, however, the connection between the water valve and the water line seems to be leaking. When the icemaker calls for water, a decent amount of water leaks out of the plastic fitting. How can I fix this? The current setup has a platic nut that threads onto the water valve, connecting the water line to the water valve.



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Posted 22 July 2005 - 03:14 AM

Ding, ding, ding!  We have a winner! 

Now go to the hardware store and get soem 1/4" plastic tubing and a John Guest coupler (a good hardware store will know what you need).  Splice in the new line and you've fixed the leak. 

As for the other problem with your icemaker, just buy a replacement:

http://fixitnow.com/...-day-buying.htm





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