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Hey experts, I could use your help on this one. Had the frig (GE GSHF5KGXCCWW ) since 2008/2009 and ice

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:20 PM
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Hey experts,

I could use your help on this one. Had the frig (GE GSHF5KGXCCWW) since 2008/2009 and ice maker is very very slow. Each day it would make like 5-6 cubes only. If I recall, it gradually made less and less over time.

Symptoms:

Water dispensing is slow and did not meet the 13.5 oz in 20 secs per GE spec. Thus leads me to believe the water inlet valve is bad.

Ice maker is not making ice at all (only a few wedges initially then stopped)


What I've done/tested so far:

Water pressure is good come from the wall ( I removed the tube and tested it from the wall and the water pressure is strong)

However, the water pressure is weak into the inlet valve. This is where tube goes up to the frig and come back down to the inlet water valve.

I tested the ohms reading on the old water inlet valve. There's two prones. One side had a reading of about 180 ohms (big prone) and other has no continuity (little prone). I thought this was bad since the smaller prone had no continuity on the ohm test). Interesingly, the new replace did the samething!

I replaced the water inlet valve with model GE WR57X10051. From my research the correct part is WR57X10032 but it's the same as the one I've installed.

I also try trying the warm up the tube trick where to make sure the water tubes are not frozen. I did this by turning up the temp by 2 degrees on both the freezer and frig and left it there over night.

Cleaned the coils, it was covered with a lot of dust before.

Look at the ice maker and did the on/off thing a few times and made sure no ice build. Looks normal to me.

Swapped out the filter with a new one to see if it's mineral build-up. That was not it since it made no difference.

What happens now:

Pretty much same as before. No real increase in water pressure on the water dispenser and as stated it's not making ice only after the first few wedges. Freezer temp is 0 F and frig is 37F. Frig is cold and works fine.

Could the ice maker be bad? I'm a confused because of the slow water dispensing. If it was the ice maker then I should at least have good water flow at the dispenser but replacing the water inlet valve didn't help either.

Need some tips!!

Thanks!


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Hello,

Usually such restriction in the water line caused by old water filter. You may want to use the water filter bypass to exclude the water filter from the water line completely to see how it will work. It's worth 10 bucks. If the pressure will improve, replace the water filter. Do not forget to flash out 2-3 gallons of water with the new filter installed.

- The water filter bypass Part number: WR02X11705

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- The water filter Part number: AP3859302

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Hi Gene,

I actually had a brand new filter that I tried with and it made no difference. Just an update, the ice maker spits out like a few ice cubes each day, very little like maybe 5 or 6 only!

If this is not the filter, any other suggestions?



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Hello,

Usually such restriction in the water line caused by old water filter. You may want to use the water filter bypass to exclude the water filter from the water line completely to see how it will work. It's worth 10 bucks. If the pressure will improve, replace the water filter. Do not forget to flash out 2-3 gallons of water with the new filter installed.

- The water filter bypass Part number: WR02X11705

Part number: WR02X11705



- The water filter Part number: AP3859302

Part number: AP3859302



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If you have very low pressure from the water dispenser too then it has nothing to do with the ice maker. I don't see anything else besides a restriction in the water line.

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...I actually had a brand new filter that I tried with and it made no difference...
Did you flash out 2-3 gallons of water after you installed the new filter?

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