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Whirlpool ice maker stopped working after bucket defrost

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AJ:

--- Quote from: stream41 on May 23, 2012, 01:16:47 PM ---Okay, cool - thanks so much for your help!

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Your welcome,

Let us know how it turns out for you.

stream41:
Quick question:

Does the ice maker control the fill mechanism? The ice maker isn't even getting water - does that determination happen somewhere in the logic chain "before" the ice maker? In other words, since it's not even getting water, wouldn't a new ice maker just sit there and have the same problem of no water fill? Or does the ice maker control the water flow?

AJ:
The ice maker sends power to the water valve.
The electronic board on the side wall senses when the bucket is full of ice and shuts the ice maker off.

The old style ice maker has a metal arm that would raise up on the ice as the bucket filled and turn the ice maker off when the bucket was full.

I don't believe the electronic board on the side wall will keep the ice maker from filling with water, but someone can correct me if I'm wrong. It's been a long day. :)

stream41:
Okay, I think I get it. So if the ice maker isn't getting any water, that is probably the ice maker's problem - not the inlet valve itself?

AJ:

--- Quote from: stream41 on May 23, 2012, 05:14:59 PM ---Okay, I think I get it. So if the ice maker isn't getting any water, that is probably the ice maker's problem - not the inlet valve itself?

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It could be either the ice maker or the water valve.
It's been my experience that most of the time it's the ice maker, but I always jump it out to see if I get water or not to make sure.

That's just me. ;)

If the ice maker arms move around freely as you posted you have a problem with your ice maker to start with.
I doubt you have a bad ice maker and water valve at the same time.


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