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Guest jackl

kenmore ice maker

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please tell me what to do,ice maker on kenmore stopped working,no water from inlet valve,so i bought a new inlet valve...be installed 48 hours,still no water,no ice...whats next

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Since this could be made by many manufacturers we need a model number please..

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Start with the icemaker diagnostics on this page.

Then post your model number if you need more help.

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Ok...so my Whirpool base ice maker quit.  I messed with  it and it started working just a little. a few cubes a day.  I never hear the water fill kickin like it use to.  How can I force it to the water fill cycle ?

I've done the test cycle and I see a spark or flash in by the gear about 3/4 the way through the cycle. It seems to do this every cycle ??? 

Where is th water fill soilenoid...located?

It's a Kenmore 106.9552850 side by side....1996 model

Thanks,

Rookie

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Pull the cover off the ice-maker,   get yourself a jumper wire and jump V to L.   This will activate your water valve...listen for the valve energizing.  If you hear it and there is no water,  make sure the inlet tube that feeds the Ice-maker is not frozen shut.   If that's clear you need to check the valve itself.  It's located in the rear behind the bottom cover.   Should be a twin valve....Ron

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Rookie, The fill valve is located on the back of the ref. down by the floor, but it sounds like your ice maker has a short at about the fill position, should not be any sparks from the head. You will probably need to replace the ice maker for starters. Pegi

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Ron/Pegi;

I jumping V-L and it worked fine....the water flowed perfectly.

So I guess I need a new machine?

Any tricks I can try if I take that face plate off??  :?:?:?:shock:

At what position of the wheel does the water actually flow as I do hear a few "click's at certain spots when it cycles?

you guys rock...thanks for the help!

Rookie in NY

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The rake stalls at about the 2:o"clock position, so the fill should be just before this, and yes there are clicks inside the head as different things are activated.  Since you were able to jump this ice maker it has a printed circut board and there is nothing in there that is repairable.  Thanks for the kind words, they are what keep us helping!  Pegi   :)

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Jackl, if you will post your model number we can still try to help you also, Pegi

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Should, however look at the ice maker mold itself.  It it is flaking or covered with crud, see how much more the whole ice maker costs and compare.  If not much difference I would replace the whole icemaker.  If so see if yours has the flat or round plug.  The generic kits have both harnesses in the kit but the Whirlpool ones do not, have to order the right one.  I do not know which is sold on this site, would have to ask the Samurai that question.  I am just a tech out in tech land helping reply to the questions.  :cool:  Pegi

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Peg,

I have installed the new maker.....in 2 days' it's only made 1/8 - 1/5  of a bucket?  Seems really slow...

Should it fill water with every cycle?   Everything seems to rotate etc...but no water, almost never.

It's a Kenmore 106.9552850 side by side....1996 model

(was Rookie)

miffed...

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Do you have good water flow to your valve?

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The water works from the front door....seems normal...?

Do you want me to jump the brand new maker to see if water is going?  I don't want to fry the brand new one <GGG>...

 

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The tube that goes into the icemaker isn't frozen up is it?

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nope...doesn't seem to be frozen up.....

 

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The line from the valve doesn't have a kink in it, does it?

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Jumping T to H on the IM head will start a harvest cycle if it is beyond the 50 minute time out, and yes the ice maker should fill with water after each harvest.   The ice maker gives power to the fill valve for aprox. 8 seconds.  So if it does not fill with water each time you either have a defective ice maker, the fill valve going bad on the ice make side or something restricting water flow to the ice maker from the valve.  The fill valve can go bad on the ice maker side, thru the door side or both.  The whole valve has to be replaced for any of these problems.

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Here is a service pointer from W/P addressing slow ice production also if any are having this problem:

[align=left]WHIRLPOOL & KITCHENAID[/align]

[align=left]ALL IN-DOOR-ICE REFRIGERATORS[/align]

[align=left]Prior to Serial date SL19[/align]

[align=left]Slow ice production[/align]

[align=left]Slow ice production.[/align]

[align=left]COMPLAINT:[/align]

[align=left]CAUSE:[/align]

[align=left]Insufficient air flow to the icemaker.[/align]

[align=left]CORRECTION:[/align]

[align=left]The air duct has been redesigned to better direct airflow[/align]

[align=left]to the icemaker. All production beginning code date SL19[/align]

[align=left]and later uses the new design air duct. Look for the part[/align]

[align=left]number on the center of the air duct . Order and install new air duct as needed.[/align]

[align=left]NEW DUCT[/align]

[align=left]PART NUMBER 2212377[/align]

[align=left]OLD DUCT[/align]

[align=left]PART NUMBER 2198581[/align]

[align=left]R8178128[/align]

[align=left]November 2001[/align]

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also try replacing the water filter,be sure and purge out any air after you do by extracting several litres of water through the water dispenser after youve changed it.

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It's a brand new ice maker, just out of the box 4 days ago...I don't hear it try to fill...so I guess that valve in the door is the next culprit.

As usual...I just heard it dump some ice...the cubes looked good...but never heard it try to fill again.

 Peg..do you have a quick link on how to get at and test that valve?  I'm betting that is the punk causing me trouble since it so sporradic.  A few weeks ago when this "no ice" started the water through the door quit...then it started working again all of the sudden....and the pressure seemed a little low.   The door water has been working fine now....but I guess that doesn't mean it's not broke...

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Great forum! Ain't the internet great! Thanks to all of you for taking the time to answer questions. I'm posting on this thread because it is closely related to my problem. I have some questions. Kenmore fridge model # 106.9515510. Icemaker quit filling a couple weeks ago. I jumper V to L and I get all the water I need. So, first thing I assume, from my internet research, is that I need a new module but I get a whole new unit ( #ECKMF94) and install it. Completes first cycle and I hear water valve kick on and quickly shut back off. I just get a little water in the tray. I see that it says it may take 24 hours to make the first ice. Why is this? I didn't replace the valve, system is full of water. It seems like it should start producing ice right away. I didn't replace the valve because the unit only came with the single valve. I guess I could just temporarily install the single valve and bypass the water dispenser. We rarely use it anyway. Pressure of water coming out the dispenser seems as high as ever. The pipe can't be frozen because I get plenty of water when I jump V to L.   Thanks, Hutch

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If you have an ice maker and water thru the door you have a dual water valve, one side or the other can go bad.  You have to replace the whole valve, located on the rear of the frig down by the floor, if either side goes bad.  It will take several hours to start making ice, just have to be patient.

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ah....success...thank you Pegi!!

finally a new water valve is in and things are sweet....added an inline filter ta boot!!

thanks again..

Rook

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You are welcome...;)

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