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Kenmore 106.52254100 Icemaker Problems


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#1 redjamie

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 12:25 AM

Have a Kenmore 106.52254100. Icemaker suddenly started overflowing. It stopped when I opened the service door, and slightly jiggled it. Then there was no water at all. Icemaker will make ice if mold is filled with water.

We are replacing rhe water intake valve at the back of the refrigerator. We haven't turned the ice maker on because we are also replacing the valve at the water shutoff in the wall.

I see posts to replace the water valve,and check the water tube in freezer for blockage.

Any other thoughts as to what we can do? Also: the off/on slide on the right side of freezer wall: is that LED supposed to be red? We were told by our local appliance parts store that it was just a signal on whether the freezer door was open or not and would not be something we could see.
Thanks in advance for any help.


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Posted 28 May 2005 - 08:02 AM

Sounds like you had a fill valve that might have stuck open.  Just get the valve replaced, get the water turned on and then watch  it to see if it starts getting water and making ice.  Since it is making ice if filled manually, sounds like the ice maker is doing its thing.  If you still get no water after replacing the valve you might also need the ice maker if it is not feeding power to the valve.  Be sure the thru tube is not froze up also.
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Posted 28 May 2005 - 09:31 AM

l.e.d's should blink to identify the optics software series  ie  1 blink=series 1, 2 blinks=series 2 etc. if your bucket is overfilling, water valve replacement or fill tube freeze up do not apply,a steady red l.e.d. would indicate optics replacement,emitter and receiver replaced as a pair.
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Posted 28 May 2005 - 01:06 PM

Ok, was  stated   "Icemaker suddenly started overflowing".....I took this to mean the water was flowing in, overflowing in the ice maker....  What was the problem, water overflowing the ice maker or the ice bin too fill and Ice is overfilling the ice conatainer????  Seems we have differing opinions of what you are meaning ...  :)
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Posted 28 May 2005 - 07:50 PM

Hi All: Sorry for the confusion: Pegi you read my problem correctly: and my apologies to kdog: I should have described the problem more clearly as water was overflowing from the icemaker's internal tube. We have finished replacing the water valve and have no leaks as before. Corroded fittings on the water shutoff at the wall has also been cleaned up. We have seen ice cubes and are keeping our fingers crossed that this has been fixed. So thanks to Pegi for your help!

But I am still interested in kdog's description of the led module. I gather that this sends a beam across the ice bucket when the freezer door is closed to keep an eye on the level of ice cubes in the bucket? So if the signal makes contact with the other side, does this signal the ice maker to start making more ice? At any rate, what I'd like to know is if this is supposed to be lit. Right now there is no light of any kind. I see by your post that a blinking light indicates software series (do I need to know which is for my model?) and that a steady light indicates need to replace. I never noticed this before, so I don't know what I missed in terms of blinking lights. All I know is that it has no colored or any kind of indication that it is on. Is this broken as well?
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 09:59 AM

Click Here

Clicking on the PDF icon at the bottom left of this page will enter you into the wonderous delights of your in-door ice system.  Read, learn and enjoy these 48 pages.  Pegi

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 08:48 AM

Hi Pegi, Thanks for the link to that manual. I tested the optical ice shut off and it tested ok. I still need a little more help, our icemaker made a small batch last night, and that was it. I have changed the back of refrigerator water valve, tested the ice shutoff, and see that there is water frozen in the ice mold. The water tube is not blocked.



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Posted 30 May 2005 - 09:08 AM

This will be tough with the sideways ice maker but if you can get the control end out and remove the plastic cover and jump T to H to see if the ice maker starts a harvest cycle and fills with water , then stalls, you will probably have a bad ice maker, bad optics, or something is blocking the beam???  If it just sits there with ice in it for over 4 hours or so. See if the rake is stalled at about the 2 o'clock position.  If the rake is against the stripper you might need a stripper kit.  I am puzzled by the blank light.  I understand no light means the ice maker is in a harvest cycle or the optic boards need to be replaced .  Make sure the rake is not jammed against the stripper fingers, this is a know problem and has a service kit for this.
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Posted 31 May 2005 - 08:19 AM

I went back to re-check the ice control optics boards, which on my machine are the Original Design. I went through the Optics board test but did not see any status led, so disconnected power for 5 seconds as instructed in manual. After reconnect, when I opened the freezer door, the Led pulsed 3 times, paused and pulsed 3 times again. Not what I was expecting. When I closed the door and opened it again after waiting 10 seconds, pushed in the freezer light three times, closed door, and re-opened after 5 seconds, the LED is on steady for 5 seconds- which according to the manual means the optics boards are ok, but I understand that doesn't cover the icemaker control circuit, which is the next test, and would follow your suggestions on jumping T to H and see if I can get a harvest started. So I'll go do that, unless you think it would just be as well to go and replace both optics boards. Is the rake same as ejector? I can't find a part called rake on the ice maker parts list or diagram. The ejector is sitting at 10:00. It moves slightly back and forth and soes not seem to be against the stripper.



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Posted 31 May 2005 - 11:19 AM

The rake that removes the ice from the mold is at 10 o"clock and rocking back and fourth??? This does not sound good.  It sounds like you have a bad circut board inside of the ice maker.  That rake/ejector should stall at about the 2 'clock position, the ones I have seen anyway and I have seen a few...I am referring looking at the rake/ejector from the front of the icemaker.  The rake should be on the right side of the mold, pointing at 2 0'clock.  Sounds like your emitter/receiver boards are ok.
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Posted 01 June 2005 - 03:46 PM

Pegi: Read your post (and thanks for sticking with me on this)..Is the rake when it is at 2:00 o'clock pointing at you as you look at the ice maker from the front? I probably got this wrong.

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 05:36 PM

From the front of the ice maker the rake should be to your right at about the 2':0 clock position.
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Posted 01 June 2005 - 09:46 PM

Sorry Pegi, it struck me as I was reading your last message: I was not looking at the front of the icemaker. I was looking at the icemaker as you see it when you open the freezer door: so forget what I said before: the rake is at 2:00.

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 07:23 AM

It sounds like it is in the right position but should not be moving, should just sit there until the thermostat is satisfied in the head of the im and start a harvest cycle.  Jump that T to H and see if this starts a cycle, harvests the ice and fills before it stalls.  If it will not start on its own sounds like the ice maker may be broken? 
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Posted 08 June 2005 - 10:02 PM

Hi Pegi: Thought I'd post a status on my ice maker: jumped T &H two nights ago: no Harvest. Did the test a couple of times, following instructions from that super manual you linked me to. No ice. No LED lights except for the Optics board burning steady. Got ready to order the icemaker from Repair Clinic when the ice maker started to produce batches of cubes. This went on for about 4 or 5 batches and then it stopped.
This morning, I did another jump from T to H, and also disconnected and reconnected the wiring harness.
The jumper didn't force a harvest. But a short time later, the Harvest started up, and we have been getting ice steadily now.
I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Just wanted to thank you for all of your help.

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 03:45 AM

sounds like you may have a freezing fill tube- if it quits producing ice again,check the small spout that comes down from the freezer ceiling to fill the icemaker-if the tube has frozen over,you'll have your answer- by the description of your l.e.d. test- your fridge has the first generation of optics.
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Posted 09 June 2005 - 06:58 AM

Remember there is a 50 minute lockout after a harvest cycle so when you are jumping the head it might be in this delay time thingie.....and thank you very much for the update, we really appreciate this from the ones we try to help....:cool:
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Posted 09 June 2005 - 09:25 AM

Thanks K-Dog, I'll keep that in mind and check it if it stops again. And to Pegi, you're welcome: I am amazed that not more people come back to put the ending to the story, and acknowledge that without the benefit of your generous advice, they would be stuck. Thanks again to both of you. Bye for now.

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 09:40 AM

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