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#1 drjew

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 05:35 AM

Ok guys, a little help down here.  I have a Kenmore refrigerator/freezer with ice maker.  It's 4 years old adn it quit making ice.  I went to Sers and bought a new icemaker kit ($136) and installed it.  We had ice for about two days.  Now it won't make ice again.   

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:54 AM

Model Number...................................:bathead:
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 03:15 PM

 

Is the waterline to the IMK frozen in the freezer?

It is possible that you have a bad valve, or fill tube design

 and maybe not a such a bad icemaker.



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Posted 12 May 2005 - 08:35 AM

106.70272990  Sorry:yikes:

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 08:38 AM

Okay, how would I go about checking for a bad valve?  I know it is getting water, at least most of the time.  It has frozen in the spout at the icemaker a couple of times and I melted it with a blow dryer.  When it did that I noticed water in the floor just before I found the froze spout.:X

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 09:14 AM

Classic symptoms of a bad valve.Frozen  at the tube where it goes into icemaker.Change it and clean out that tube when you do.Should be good to go.

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 11:39 AM

I have a Sears Kenmore Elite that also is not making ice.  I replaced the solenoid (also shows as valve in the repair manual).  Exsearsguy, are you referring to the water supply line that drips into the icemaker?  Thanks...

 


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Posted 12 May 2005 - 11:58 AM

Yes, the fill spout that feeds the water into the ice maker can freeze up with ice.
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Posted 16 May 2005 - 11:38 AM

Well, I took the valve off of the back and cleaned it real good.  I don't see what could possibly go wrong with it.  It's just a inlet with an electromagnet, two screens and an outlet.  Could it possibly be a timer of some sort?:X

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 12:08 PM

The ice maker gives power to the water valve for 8 seconds about every two hours, after each harvest cycle.  With no ice you can have an ice maker not giving power to the water valve, the thru tube frozen up, a bad water valve or no water to the valve.  Just looking at the valve does not tell you if the coil is good nor does it tell you if it is opening when power is supplied to it from the ice maker. You will need to test the valve with a test cord to see if it is giving water or not.  If the valve is going bad it will cause the thru tube to freeze up. 
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Posted 16 May 2005 - 12:14 PM

Novice, with the Kenmore Elite,  we need a model number, or tell us if you have the ice bin in the door style.  If so you will need the water fill spout heater repair kit to solve your tube thru the top of the freezer to solve your iced up water tube problem.  There is a service update on that style. We are trying to help 2 completely different refrigerator systems here on this one thread.  These replys will not necessairly address both of these different posters asking for help, would have been better to start a new discussion.
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Posted 27 May 2005 - 12:28 PM

Alright, today I went and got a new valve.  I'll put it on tonight and see what happens.  I'll let ya'll know the outcome.  If it works I guess I'll have an icemaker to sell.:yikes:

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 07:17 AM

I have a fridge that is a frigedaire... It is almost 2 years old, and it has never made ice... I have always thought that is was the water line that was previously installed.  Is there something that I can check on the back of the fridge to determine if it is getting water, or if there is a problem with the water simply not getting into the frige.  Any help would be appreciated.  I am not the most mechanically inclined, but certainly would like to give it a try.


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Posted 29 May 2005 - 11:27 AM

Will the poster with the frigidaire ref please start a new topic with a new heading and POST THE MODEL NUMBER.
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 11:30 AM

drjew, could you please use normal sized letters, the over sized ones are too hard to read and will not get faster replies....
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Posted 31 May 2005 - 04:33 AM

[blur]Pegi,[/blur]
Sure. Of course "NORMAL" is relative.



Well, you guys are going to love this.  The new valve was put in and nothing happened.  I was livid.  Livid, I say.  I didn't know what to do.  I put the old icemaker back in and it started working.  It didn't make ice as fast as I thought it should, but I figured I could live with it.  My wife and I were at LOWE'S Saturday and I asked the guys in appliances if they carried icemakers for WHIRLPOOL, "YES".  I asked to see one and it was the same icemaker.  We went to another LOWE'S a while back and we were told that they do not carry KENMORE icemakers.  The icemaker kit from LOWE'S was the same exact icemaker that I bought from SEAR'S for $136.00.  Only, the one at LOWE'S was $49.99 and it came with everything.  The new valve for the back, all of the hose, all of the brackets, the ice-bin and excellent instructions.  The valve had FST on the bag and the same part number as the one I paid $35.00 for Friday.  I got home and put the new in immediately.  Works like a charm.  Needless to say the SEAR'S icemaker is going back today and I will try to return the valve today also.  FYI to all you do-it-yourselfers, KNOW THE MANUFACTURER'S NAME. 

 

Thanks to all of you.  Thanks Pegi.  If you look half as good as you help, you are a knockout!



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Posted 31 May 2005 - 09:53 AM

Wow, thanks.  You just made my day!!!   :party:
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Posted 03 June 2005 - 04:29 AM

I do beleive it was a bad valve along with an icemaker that was going bad.  Thanks for allowing me and the rest of us to pick your brain.  I now have plenty of ice.  With a family of six, plenty of ice is a blessing.

 

Thanks again:party:





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