Why isn’t my new icemaker working? Why doesn’t my icemaker make ice?

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Your new icemaker needs time for the ice mold to cool to at least a minimum of 16F, andpreferably as low as 8F to 10F before an ice making cycle will begin. In new installations, there is a possibility of air in the lines. The air will usually cycle out during the first few ice making cycles.

If there is a water filter, check to see that it’s not clogged. If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, fill a glass of water to see if the flow is good.

Why doesn’t my icemaker make ice?

The water filter may be plugged with sediment, or you may have low water pressure. The water pressure for icemakers needs to be at least 40 psi, and up to about 120 psi for proper operation. Water filters need to be changed every six months. If you would like to test your water pressure, purchase an Icemaker Water Flow Tester to determine if the water pressure at the supply line is high enough for the icemaker to function properly.

To determine if your filter is plugged, look for water both before and after the filter. It may be hard to determine if there is water flowing through the filter. Sometimes it is necessary to pull the filter out of the feed line to see if water is flowing from the exit of the filter into the refrigerator or freezer. You can do this over a bucket to catch any dripping water. Some models have a filter bypass plug to help determine if the filter is clogged. If so, you would remove the filter and replace it with the filter bypass plug. Now test your water flow.

Works on refrigerators built from 1985 to 1994 by Kenmore and others

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If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, you can hold a large cup or glass under it for 20 seconds. You should have poured about 13-14 oz. of water in that 20 seconds. If the amount is less, try removing the filter and bypassing it. If you now get the 13-14 oz. of water, the filter was clogged and it’s time to replace your refrigerator water filter. If not, you have low water pressure in the line, and your icemaker may not work properly.

On occasion, the water inlet tube will freeze where it enters the icemaker. This can happen because the water is dripping slowly, or the freezer is just set too cold. A hair blow dryer can be used to thaw this, but be careful around the plastic tubing. You don’t want it to crack or deform. You may want to turn the thermostat up a little bit if this is a regular occurrence. If you have a constant, regular drip, you may want to invest in a new water fill valve.

Another reason that your icemaker may not be making ice is the bail arm along the side of the icemaker. This arm must be in the lowered position for the icemaker to operate. If the arm is stuck up, it has shut the unit off. This is a safety feature of the unit. Normally, if there’s too much ice in the bin, the arm will get stuck in the raised position and keep any more water from entering the icemaker. You must lower the arm to begin making more ice.


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