Get Answers to your Appliance Repair Questions

Author Topic: My GE wont make ice  (Read 6135 times)

Offline Bubba14

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Jul 2009
  • Posts: 1
My GE wont make ice
« on: July 02, 2009, 06:11:21 PM »
My Side by side is only three yr old but won't make ice.  Water dispenses from front no problem but no water seems to be going to the ice maker to make ice.


Offline whirlpooltech

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Nov 2007
  • Posts: 1367
  • Country: us
  • 20 years of experience
Re: My GE wont make ice
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2009, 07:01:26 PM »
I don't work on many GE refrigerators, but like any other ice make you want to check these common things.

1. Make sure the water line that goes from the water valve to the ice maker is not frozen blocking the flow of water.

2. Check the temp of the freezer. It should be 0-5 deg. F or the ice maker may not cycle because there is a thermostat built into the ice maker.

3. Check the water valve. Your refrigerator uses a duel water valve. So even if you have water through the door the second half of the water valve for the ice maker may not be working.

You can check the water valve with a ohm meter.

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8804
  • Country: us
  • SublimeMasterJW
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: My GE wont make ice
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2009, 08:42:04 PM »

Stuck ejector — caused by a cube that was not cleared or a mechanical problem.
Bad heater — caused by open circuit, control board triac or thermal cut out.
Bad motor — caused by open motor, or control board triac.
Motor home position not operating — caused by control board or loose magnet (the result will be continuous ejector operation).
Thermistor — open or shorted. POWER ON DIAGNOSITICS TEST MODE

When the icemaker is first connected to power and the thermistor temperature is 50°F or more, the control will initiate a “Power On” test before entering the freeze cycle. The test will consist of the following sequence:
1)Turn on the motor until it reaches home position
2)Turn on the water valve for 1/2 second
3)Turn on the heater for 1/2 second
4)Verify that the feeler arm was in the “in” and then the “out” position.
5)Verify that the motor was not in the home position and then in the home position.
6)Verify that the motor does not remain on after being turned off.
7)Proceed to the freeze cycle.


During the first 15 seconds that power is first applied to the icemaker, the Service Diagnostics Test mode may be entered. The Service Mode is entered by pushing the feeler arm in and out three times within 15 seconds. (only three times). There will be only one fill cycle (5.1 second) in the service diagnostics mode without the waiting period for the mold to “pre-chill”. If the icemaker has already started a harvest cycle and the arm is moving, it may be impossible to start the service mode. (since the NORMAL cycle is already started).
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

Washer Parts  ·  Dryer Parts  ·  Refrigerator Parts  ·  Dishwasher Parts  ·  Range & Oven Parts  ·  All Appliance Parts 


Video: How to make your Whirlpool ice maker run for testing and diagnostics

Started by AJ

Replies: 10
Views: 66320
Last post April 16, 2013, 10:40:23 PM
by charlenemhj
Frigidaire Refrigerator Won't Make Ice

Started by TechnicianBrian

Replies: 0
Views: 6302
Last post April 09, 2008, 07:35:03 PM
by TechnicianBrian
Whirlpool Ice Maker will not make ice

Started by smr42

Replies: 11
Views: 14570
Last post October 10, 2008, 09:17:51 AM
by Repair-man
Kitchen Aid will no longer make ice

Started by slowgin

Replies: 2
Views: 2277
Last post August 27, 2009, 10:47:48 AM
by JWWebster
Magic Chef Fridge Cant Make go on test defrost ??

Started by kimosabey01

Replies: 6
Views: 5480
Last post December 31, 2009, 02:21:20 PM
by Al Capone
Kenmore Elite Refrigerator does not make ice

Started by kimosabey01

Replies: 1
Views: 3199
Last post April 22, 2010, 10:29:43 AM
by Mr. Fix-It