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Update to my Kenmore/Whirlpool Icemaker Blues


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Posted 13 September 2005 - 11:46 AM

So here is my tale of woe.

My Kenmore/Whirlpool (106.9542812, manufactured in '94) refrigerator and ice-maker was making ice perfectly fine till last week, and then suddenly, it stopped. Lowering the ice-maker arm, raising it, lowering it again within a 40 hour cycle was of no use.

But when I pulled out the bin yesterday, I noticed there was a 2.5 inch thick slab of ice in it. So I poured some lukewarm water and let it thaw. After letting it dry for a couple of hours, I inserted the ice-bin back in place ("all the way", like the manual told me to), lowered the metal arm, but still nothing happened. I heard the "whirr" once or twice, but no "thud": nothing in the bin.

I also noticed small icicles hanging at various points (including directly behind the dispenser on the door - the opening through which the ice falls), which means there is probably a drip or a leak somewhere. Sure enough, there is a tiny drip from behind the ice dispenser (on the door). The water dispenser is working fine.

Any wisdom or technical guidance will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 11:53 AM

time to replace the ice maker , it comes as a kit , but can you verfiy that you are getting water to the unit (cloged screen) in the water inlet valve.
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Posted 13 September 2005 - 12:15 PM

Sensei Jahjahbinks, thanks for the response. A newbie I am, so please bear with me.

When you suggest I check if "you are getting water to the unit (cloged screen) in the water inlet valve", I am afraid I did not understood that clearly. Can you please clarify?

And just out of curiosity, do you think a replacement of the entire kit is the best option here?

Thanks in advance,



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Posted 13 September 2005 - 02:18 PM

i don`t know if you have water in the door , however if you go to the rear of the unit you will see your water line loosen the nut that connects the water line to the fridge (do not remove) and give it a wiggle if the water squirts out steady not dripping then your water supply is o.k. your problem  is probely your water valve (they do go out) but to be absolute sure you will need a continutity tester also check to make sure the plug to the valve is seated correctly.

remember safety first always disconnect the power first!

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 03:44 PM

The water dispenser on the door is working just fine. Guess I will try the diagnostics suggested by you.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 05:47 AM

Further to my post yesterday, I made a tiny change to the thermostat setting (made it colder.) Voila, there was the much-awaited "thud thud thud" in the ice-box at night. I saw at least 8-10 ice-cubes in the bin.

However, I didn't hear any more ice-cubes falling in the morning. Is that normal? Should I wait a little longer to see more output?

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

P.S.: Model: 106.9542812, manufactured in '94



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Posted 14 September 2005 - 06:24 AM

Your ice maker should go thru a harvest cycle aprox every 2 hours, depending on how cold the freezer is, the ice maker will not work well above 10 * and probably not at all over 20*, have you checked to see what the temperature of the freezer actually is???
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Posted 14 September 2005 - 07:01 AM

Hi, Pegi,

I have not actually taken a temp reading with a thermometer, but now that you have mentioned 10 degrees and 20 degrees, I want to find out. What is the easiest way to take this reading? (other than sticking my hand in, that is)

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 07:08 AM

Go to Wal-Mart or any grocery store, etc. and buy two frig thermometers, sits on the shelfs, I always have two in mine so I can know if any problem is developing.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 11:55 AM

Pegi,

I read this wonderful site's FAQ, took a look at the fridge's thermostat setting, read the FAQ again, turned up (as in "down") the thermostat and sure enough, there was ice.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 12:01 PM

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