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Offline WadmalawJoe

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New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« on: November 24, 2012, 06:49:01 AM »
I just jumped on board after I looked around and noticed the helpful people!
A little about me, I have some repair skills, I have repaired tankless water heaters, regular water heaters, a couple dryers, I have electrical tools and know how to use them! (mostly)
My problem;
I have a Whirlpool side by side model # ED2KHAXVB01, made 7/10
It has the in the door ice dispenser
It makes plenty of ice, just doesn't like to dispense it anymore
At first, noticed a clog in the chute. Like some ice went part way down and froze into a block
So cleared it out, also emptied bin from inside the door. I also removed the lever that locks the bin in place, it was always sticking and making it difficult to lift the bin and dump the ice into a cooler or whatever.
 I dried the bin completely, even left it out all day to be sure it was dry.
Then ice maker worked great for a couple weeks.
Next, it quit dispensing every time, if it wasn't dispensing you could open the door and close it, it then it would dispense.
Now for the last two days it has quit dispensing altogether, (still makes ice)
So I am thinking a switch has gone bad?

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 11:07:58 AM »
If your dispenser flap staying open?

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 12:07:18 PM »
  :thanks: for your reply bigbuck!

No, it closes, takes 7 seconds to close, checked it multiple times

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 11:39:51 PM »
So the flapper opens but the motor does not run ?

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 06:02:22 AM »
 :thanks: Niobrara
That is correct, flapper opens and closes  and the motor does not come on, doesn't even make a sound (with or without ice in the bin)
How can I test it to see if its a switch or the motor?
For a few days, you could "trick" it by opening and closing the freezer door and try for ice again and it would work.
What's the best tool for popping off the plastic trim without breaking the plastic?

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 08:23:47 AM »
Ohm out the motor.

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012, 02:05:42 PM »
What kind of reading should I get?
How do I get to the motor, thru the front or from inside the door?

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2012, 02:17:05 PM »
If the door is opened the power is killed to the dispencer. I wonder if that switch is out or stuck in? Look for a spring loaded switch in the door frame of the freezer.
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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2012, 04:50:36 PM »
I took some pictures of my fridge for easier clarification;
My in the door dispenser (flash sure shows up the grime and smudges)


The inside panel


The paddle switch


The sensor switch and on/off switch

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2012, 04:57:24 PM »
If the door is opened the power is killed to the dispencer. I wonder if that switch is out or stuck in? Look for a spring loaded switch in the door frame of the freezer.
Thanks JW,
The switch seems fine, the water side dispenses water as normal. If you hold the freezer door open,so the switch is out, it will not dispense.

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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2012, 07:29:19 AM »
Maybe one of them little old micro switches is gone out as seen on page 29 of fearless leader's training manual.
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Re: New Member with Whirlpool ice maker problem
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2012, 05:53:28 AM »
Thanks JW, I just now had a chance to read thru some of the fearless leaders training manual. It should be a big help.
When I have time to mess with the fridge I will report back my findings.
 Thanks again!

 

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