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A couple days ago it stopped making ice. I had the spout freeze up before so I took a hairdryer

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:13 AM
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A couple days ago it stopped making ice. I had the spout freeze up before so I took a hairdryer to it even though I couldn't feel any ice in there. That didn't do the trick so I removed the ice maker and found that it was full of ice but wasn't ejecting. I melted the ice. I believe the fingers were pointing to the front of the freezer when I started and they are now pointing down. I replaced the icemaker and still get nothing. I read on the forum about the LED light. When I open the door it flashes twice between each pause. When I hold the flap down it stays on steady. Any idea where I should look next?

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:10 PM
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Since there were no ideas I tore into it again. I figured that the fingers weren't supposed to be pointing down as they would freeze in the middle of the cubes so I removed the cover on the left side and found the wheel that states "do not turn manually". I removed that plate and them removed the motor. I turned the mechanism until the 2 pieces clicked together assuming that would be the end of a cycle. I put it all back together and reinstalled it in the freezer. Shortly after that the fingers started rotating and just kept turning. Still no water went into the ice maker. I thought maybe the freezer wasn't cold enough since I had the door open for a while so I left it overnight. this morning it was no longer rotating and still no water going into the tray. I manually filled it with water which of course froze but never ejected.

Now any ideas?
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I think I may have found the problem. When looking at the inside of the control module there is a smaller white piece that has 40611-12B stamped on it. Is there supposed to be a piece sticking down that makes contact with the metal strip underneath it? It looks like something may be broken off but I can't find any pictures that show a side angle of that piece. What is the purpose of that piece?
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Ordered a brand new ice maker and still have the same problems. Putting the jumper in does not start a cycle and no water goes into the ice maker. I tried testing the voltage between T and N and it shows nothing. I removed the ice maker and tested all four wires (wasn't sure which one it would be) and registered nothing. The part that confuses me is that during my toubleshooting before it did cycle a few times. Should I see the voltage from the plug that the ice maker connects to?
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:18 AM
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I have a similar problem (kenmore black side by side). My ice ejection fingers rotate just fine but I get no water into the ice maker. I by-passed the solenoid (bottom rear-right) basically running water straight to the ice maker. Of course, water went straight through and flooded my freezer. Then froze so the finger wouldn't rotate. Got that cleaned up. I assume it is the soleniod (pn D7742204) that calls for water, but when I look on line they look nothing like the one I have so I don't want to waste the $12-$65 to get the wrong part. I know I left my ice maker running for a long time without water hooked up to the fridge so I assume I ruined the solenoid.
Sorry I couldn't be more help but no one else was responding.
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So, in summary, we have three parts that may or may be the culprit. The LED electronics (which I reckon are to cycle the solenoid?). The electronics in the ice maker (one Printed Circuit Board) and the solenoid itself. My guess you have taken everything apart by now and realize that a gear didn't break and that structurally everything is intact.

My problem is the water comes through the door but the icemaker won't make ice. I cleaned out the bottom (compressor/fan/radiator ... very dusty) at one point and the icemaker made ice but then a month later it pretty much stopped making ice again.

I don't know if it is the solenoid or the ice maker. The ice maker is about $122 here or the aftermarket ones are about 1/2 that. The solenoid is a lot less expensive to repair, but, might actually be harder to install.

I realize there are a few test openings to make the unit cycle, short, etc.

My question is --- and I don't know if this is the right thread or not but it looked current --- how do I definitively know whether it is the solenoid or if it is the ice maker that is faulty? I guess for under 100 I could get both, and that might make work.

That's really about it. I make the ice manually now, and, I've don't that before. Not really so bad. And I throw it in the dispenser so it still comes through the door.

As for testing the icemaker I took out my little 120/240volt checker and inserted into appropriate holes. No voltage registered. I tried the manual cycle jumpers, nothing happened there either. But again, I took apart the entire unit and saw nothing leading me to believe the icemaker PCB is defective, other than it don't work no more.

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