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Old 06-03-2008, 06:13 PM
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Model Number: 54536400   Brand: Kenmore   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Ice maker on Kenmore S/S broke main dial wheel mounting tabs. Trying to remove entire unit, but wiring harness is making me look stupid. Seems to plug into sidewall of freezer, but will not come out. Any suggestions?


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Old 06-04-2008, 05:17 PM
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If the plug is round then just pull it out.

If the plug is flat then it suppose to be a latch on the right side of the plug.

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also on the side of icemaker push down on connector in the middle and pull out connector
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I am having a similiar problem removing the old wiring harness from the freezer. It seems to be connected inside the freezer wall. I have dug into the insulation a little, but still cannot see where the connection occurs. Has anyone else seen this before?
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cinderboy,

What was the original problem and why do you have to remove "the old wiring harness from the freezer"?

What is the complete model number of the refrigerator?

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Hi Gene,

Thanks for the quick reply. I'm at work so I don't have the model number etc in front of me, but it is your standard whirlpool stainless steel side by side freezer/fridge. The ice maker is the standard variety you see in most freezers, about a 4x4x12 box, I can get specifics on it too if needed. The story is kind of long, but I'll explain just in case others have the same problem.

About a year or so ago I came home to find a large puddle on the floor under the fridge. I pulled the fridge out from the wall to see what was going on. The water line to the fridge wasn't long enough to pull the fridge all the way out so I disconnected it. Of course I didn't want the food in the fridge to warm up/melt so I left it plugged in. Eventually I discovered the leak was caused by a clogged water filter. When I replaced it the leak stopped, only now the ice maker won't work. After some more research I discovered that when I disconnected the water to the fridge I should have turned off the ice maker. Apparently it tried to make some ice, but since no water was present it blew the thermal fuse. Shortly after this, we moved and the new house already had an older fridge with a working ice maker, Although we discoverd the ice cubes were small and hollow. After more research I found this was most likely due to low water pressure. We live at the top of a hill and the fridge is on the second story so this wasn't surprising. I also discovered the water line was from a fairly long narrow (3/8" or 1/4') copper line that someone connected to a pipe with a saddle tap. I have read that these can clog easily. So I replaced this with some 1/2" ID flexible tubing hoping this will solve the hollow ice issue. In the mean time I moved the older fridge with the working ice maker to the garage and put the shiny new fridge with the blown fuse in the kitchen.

So now all that is left is too replace the wiring harness and connect the new water line, Only I cannot get the old wiring harness to disconnect. It sounds fairly straight forward, but it seems the connection is inside the freezer wall. The only thing I can think of is that somehow during assembly it wasn't connected properly or slipped back inside the wall. At this point I am considering splicing the fuse from the new harness onto the old harness, but I'll have to look around to see what the procedures are for doing electrical work in a cold, damp environment. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

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Justin,

How did you know the thermal fuse has gone bad? Is there a water filter now? If "yes", is it built-in or in-line?

The complete model number might help.

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The Fridge is a Whirlpool Model number ED5SHEXNS00. I guess I won't really know that the fuse is blown until I get it off and test it with an ohm meter. But I read somewhere a while back (probably this site) of someone doing the same thing and blowing their fuse as well. Doing another search it looks like this can be tested without removing the harness by testing across points L and N on the ice maker. I'll give that a try tonite to be sure. And yes the water filter has been replaced and is built into the fridge. I do get a little water from the dispenser but it is slow and doesn't shut off well when you release the lever. I suspect this too is a symptom of the low water pressure.
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After the water filter has been replaced you have to dispense 2-3 gal of water to get rid of air in the system. Did you do it?

A blown Thermal fuse in the ice maker wire harness means a faulty ice maker thermostat.

Post the results of your tests.

The model number you posted does not come up. Verify and repost it.

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Ok, just to follow up. I fat fingered the model number, after re-checking it is ED5FHEXNS00 or just ED5FFHE. I already had the ice maker out of the freezer so I went ahead and spliced in the new fuse. The old one was indeed bad, and when I re-attached the ice maker it still didn't work, so maybe it is the thermostat you mentioned. I removed the working ice maker from the garage freezer and put it in the kitchen freezer and to much delight and celebration we got some ice. The cubes were probably about 80% the size you would normally expect, but they aren't hollow any more and I think they are big enough. Better than what I had before at least so I am calling it fixed. Don't know if it is worth replacing the thermostat in the non working ice maker, or just get a new ice maker at this point. In any case thanks for all the input and help in this thread and others. This is a Great site!

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