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My Kenmore refrigerator is 10 yrs old. It has a red beam eye (sensor) control. The right side on/off switch has a second red light that is flashing. The red beam lights, one on each side, are not on. This beam is in front of the ice maker.
My Kenmore ice maker has stopped working although the water is still dispensing from the front. Please help with any and all troubleshooting ideas?
By Rose from Tampa, FL
I had a problem, too. Turned out that the heater that allows the ice to be released was bad and I had to replace the unit.
I have a KitchenAid side by side refrigerator. Ice is forming on the side and bottom of the ice bucket, preventing the freezer door from closing properly. Also, the cube dispenser has begun dispensing a mixture of frost and cubes. (A plastic piece broke off a while ago and the machine no longer creates crushed ice. Could that be part of the problem?)
The ice maker on a Kenmore side by side will only harvest ice about twice in a 24 hr. period. I have replaced the ice maker and water filter. The water line is OK and the ice maker will freeze water.
By Paul from Raleigh, NC
My Kenmore refrigerator icemaker will not make ice. Water will not dispense to the ice maker. All other water supplies are functional.
By D.R.Pearson from NC
By Aunt L.07/16/2013
Replace the water valve. It's an easy job. Worked for us.
I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator, model 106.56679500. The ice maker has frozen water, the filter was replaced maybe a month earlier, the water dispenser works, but ice quit dumping 3 weeks later. I wonder if the light that senses if ice is in the dispenser is out, thus thinking dispenser is full or if the ice maker is broker. Suggestions?
By Jon McK
I have an Electrolux stainless steel fridge. The water and the ice maker have stopped working. I don't hear the water going into the fridge. The water from the main line does work. This is the second time, before I had a technician come in and he repaired it. I am not quite sure what he changed. Can some one help with what the possible culprit is?
I just had this problem. Turned out the larger black rubber tube which feeds the tray had frozen solid. I took out the ice maker and used a hair dryer to melt the ice and squeezed the black tube to help breakup the ice. Put the ice maker back in and turned up the Freezer temperature one notch and it began to work as normal.
I have a side by side ice and water dispenser on the outside of my freezer door. The water dispenser works, but there is no water going to my ice maker.
By Diane Foth05/22/2012
Mine has done this too. I turned temp gauges to both fridge and freezer to off or zero. I then removed everything from the freezer and defrosted it completely .Something is frozen and blocking your water flow. You can leave the stuff in the fridge just keep it closed. Hopefully this will work for you too.
My Kenmore Elite side by side ice bin is stuck. Not only that, it will not dispense ice anymore. It makes a grinding sound on the cube or crush setting. However, what I want to do is remove the bin entirely from the door and it is stuck. I have removed the ice, used the blow dryer, etc. and it is stuck even when pressing the side release. How do I get it out without breaking it?
By Tracy E
We have a side by side and the ice bin gets stuck due to ice melting and then freezing on the underside of the bin. Don't know why it happens, but we first empty the bin of all ice from the top of the bin. Then we place large beach towels around the floor under the freezer door and pour water through the top of the ice bin(you can try to catch the water through the dispenser on the outside of the door or at the base of the freezer door with a bowl or cups).
It takes a while of doing this to melt the ice that's blocking the ice dispenser. We can usually see big chunks of ice blocking the dispenser by taking a flashlight and looking up into the dispenser from the outside of the freezer door. Then after pouring the water through a couple times, we take a long sturdy plastic handle and try to break up the ice stuck in the dispenser(either through the ice bin downward or on the outside upwards through the dispenser while holding the flap back).
It's a real pain!
My ice maker is making ice, but the crushed ice will not work.
By Ronnie J
I have a Kenmore refrigerator model # 106.52572202. The ice maker is making ice and then appears to leak water into the ice bucket and freeze over. Is the heater not operating correctly and leaving cubes and then causing water to leak into bucket? How do I fix it?
By Ken from Summerville, SC
My ice maker is no longer making ice. The water doesn't feed into the icemaker, but I get water from the dispenser. We have cleaned out the ice bin and used the hair dryer to defrost everything. Any suggestions? The refrigerator is about 5 years old.
Any luck with that issue? I assume it needs a new Solenoid valve - just wondering what you did to solve it since I have same problem - plus the ice maker isn't rotating- not sure what controls water level in the tray to keep it from continually filling.
I have a Kenmore Elite Model 795.7107 refrigerator. My one month old ice maker will not dispense the ice into the ice container. We can tell the ice is frozen. The tray starts to turn, but will not empty. It returns to the position it was in. What could be stopping it from emptying?
By Jane from WI
By Jan R.07/25/2013
How can I get the ice tray out of my Kenmore Elite 106.5770? I removed the door in front of the maker. The left side has a locking pin that I can press to release the left side but the right side seems to have a lock of its own, that I cannot find. Any hints?
My Kenmore refrigerator, model 106.58904801 through the door ice maker is blocked. I used a hair dryer to melt the ice, but too much heat deformed the rubber flap door, dislodged the door mechanism and caused other damage. The electric motor for water and ice is no longer audible. The water stopped also, but the light works. How do I get and replace unit?
By Greg from NYC, NY
Our Kenmore side by side ice maker makes a very loud squeal when on max. We drink a lot of ice water and the regular setting does not keep up. What's with the high pitched noise?
By Greg from Monroe, WA
My refrigerator won't make ice. The water side works.
My 5-year-old Kenmore refrigerator is dispensing water, but no longer making ice. I have read that I could use my blow dryer to defrost the water fill spout, but I am not sure where it is. Is it on the icemaker itself or on the opening under it that connects it to the freezer or somewhere else in the freezer? Some guidance would be much appreciated.
By Vivian from Falls Church, VA
Use your blow dryer on your fill cup. Sometimes, the fill cup will get frozen up with water. Once you melt the ice in the fill cup; should work fine. Give freezer time to get cold before new ice starts.High Humidity was my cause for build up.
I just moved into a condo and the ice maker worked fine for the first few days then stopped. Does anyone know how to fix it? Please and thanks for any help you may be able to give to me.
By Elizabeth from London, Ontario
I have a Kenmore refrigerator with bottom freezer. I bought it in 2009. I turned off the ice maker for the winter and when I turned it back on it is not making ice. I did check to make sure there is water to the unit and that checked out. It also makes a noise like it is doing something, but no ice.
The ice maker in a Kitchenaid refrigerator is not calling for water to the ice maker.
By Vicki H.12/20/2012
Can only say that I had the same problem and the diagnosis was the very small spigot connecting to supply was at fault. It is under the sink. Spigot is not the right word. Best described as a small faucet or valve? I was told it was a common problem.
The icemaker and water dispenser on my Kenmore side by side refrigerator does not work with the new filter in place. They work fine when the filter is out.
By David B
How old is the fridge?
Our Kenmore ice maker tray has ice in it, but it won't release it and make more. The water spout is empty, should it have water in it waiting? Can I replace the ice maker myself? Kenmore Elite Model No. 106.52602100
By Deborah Kaye R.05/29/2011
Usually ice sticks because of mineral buildup in the tray. Take the tray off and soak it overnight in vinegar. Repeat if needed until the inside of the tray feels smooth. Some people even spray Pam inside the trays and dump the first cubes.
There is ice frozen in the ice maker, but it doesn't dump them into the ice bucket.
By Myra J.
I have a Kenmore Elite Model 106.58972700 and it does not make ice, but has frozen ice in the top waiting to be dumped. Now the meat part seems to be freezing in the drawer of the refrigerator. I am not sure if the two are from the same trouble. The ice bin has been clean.
By Martha B from Arkadelphia, AR
I have a Kenmore, side by side, model 106.53662300. It is making ice, but will not dump it. It seems that if I use a blow dryer that it loosens up something, not sure what, and then it will dump. The fingers are usually in the correct position, but not always. We had this issue a few months ago and babied it through it. Then it started working just like it always did. Now it is acting up again. Before that there was a lot of frost on the fingers, ice maker, etc. This time there isn't any frost. My husband removed the ice maker last night and we didn't see anything obviously wrong. He put it back in and I think it worked twice, and that was it. I have gotten it to dump once today by using the blow dryer.
By Mindi C
My Kenmore refrigerator, model #3639552780, does not get water to the ice maker. The water dispenser works on the door. The water line to the ice maker is clear and open to the valve. Can the valve be bad or what else could it be?
By RW Long from Lebanon, OH
My understanding is that if the tube is free and clear and not frozen, the culprit is probably a faulty valve.
My freezer works great, the refrigerator works great, the icemaker does not make ice! I am confused as to where exactly you use the blow dryer. Is it in the back panel or around the icemaker? Please help.
I have a Kenmore refrigerator with a ice maker that was working fine. Then it started leaking water into the inside of the freezer unit from the ice maker. It drips water from the back of the ice maker all the time. This is making a mess in my freezer, how can I fix it?
By Rick B.
There is a rubber tube on the back of the fridge that feeds the ice maker. Pull it out of the fridge....you'll likely find its frozen solid. Thaw in a cup of hot water or use a hair dryer. This is usually caused by blocked or old water filter. The water is supposed to "shoot" down the tube to fill the ice tray, but its down to a dribble and is freezing before reaching the tray. You can replace the filter of simply remove it and screw in the by-pass cover.
My Kenmore Trio with ice maker in the freezer drawer is not making ice. I changed the filter, but it is still not making ice?
By Charlie F.
I have a Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator that will not make ice or will not fill up. I tried the hairdryer, but didn't work.
Is the release lever in the 'on' position? I ask only because I had the same problem once and it turned out I hadn't realized it was accidently pushed to the off position when cleaning - LOL.
My Kenmore side by side is about 10 years old. It worked fine until I moved to another location. When I started it back up the water works fine and it dumped one tray of ice. I tried a new filter top right, but it pops back out. Any suggestions? I had a service tech look at it. He thought it was a bad filter so he sold me another filter, but same thing happened.
My icemaker stopped working and the model # sticker was not on the icemaker. The refrigerator is model #363.9735756, serial #l30244063, what model do I need to replace this unit?
By Adolphus from Gray Court, SC
Check with your Sears appliance department or a Sears repair shop if you have one near. Also check the Sears repair site on the internet. Enter your model number and a parts list should come up.
It will make one batch of ice and dump and refill, but the arm will not go back down.
How do I clean my ice maker in my Sears freezer so that it works?
By darlingbeth from Long Island, NY
By Laura Brown04/10/2010
Do you see a lot of lime buildup? If so soak some cotton balls with vinegar wait about an hour or so it'll come right off.Mine quits sometimes and I have to unplug my fridge and put a blow dryer on hot on it for a bit (where the water comes out and goes into trays) and it'll start back making ice again. Not sure if this will help but good luck.
My Kenmore bottom freezer ice maker stopped making ice. This happened a year ago and was caused by the thermostat that regulates humidity. The coils were all iced up. That is not the problem this time. How do I get the gears to move, to sort of re-set the mechanism?
I installed a new ice maker and a new water valve and either one will work.
My side by side Kenmore ice machine quit today. After reading some of these answers, I found there was no blinking light on the right wall while holding down the flapper on the left wall. What does that tell me?
The ice maker is making ice, but it won't dispense down to the dispenser. How can I fix that?
I have a Kenmore refrigerator/freezer. The icemaker works fine, but the ice "sticks" in the chute. It won't dispense.
Solution ... ?
By Rich from Manassas, VA
I have a 1997 Kenmore side by side refrigerator. I have water, but the ice maker is not working. I can hear it trying to work, but there is no ice.
By Gerri E
By Marlyn 05/17/2011
We have this problem sometimes, too. We unplug the refrigerator for awhile, as something in the ice maker seems to get frozen. Hope this works for you!
I have a through the door ice maker with a switch for crushed ice or whole cubes. No matter which setting is selected the ice comes out crushed. What do I need to look for or do to fix?
My ice maker works for a couple days then quits working entirely. It will make a few trays of ice before quitting.
By Greg M
I have a 2008 Kenmore Coldspot refrigerator, model #106.58912801. The ice bin freezes up about every two days. The door chute assembly was replaced by a Sears tech approx. 2years ago. I have cleaned it out numerous times and inspected flapper assembly with a flashlight. (no light shows through) Also I have noticed that the middle pillar section between where the doors close around ice bin area appears very warm to the touch to me all the time. Any ideas? Thanks.
It keeps freezing up and then stops making ice. It's a fridge with the drawer freezer on the bottom, Kenmore model #106.72002010.
My ice maker keeps freezing up and stops making ice. It's a fridge with the drawer freezer on the bottom, Kenmore model #106.72002010.
My water/crushed ice/cube ice dispenser suddenly stop working! I have Kenmore side-by side refrigerator, model 3639557720.
How can I repair it?
My Kenmore side by side model #106 (?) 9555312 makes cubes, but then ices up in the back on the left (yeah, where the water tube shoots in) about 1/2 way thru a totally full bin. Then the dispenser is unable to produce cubes thru the door because the (inner spring?) in unable to move because of it being frozen to the blockage. The water tube is clear, obviously. Why would it make cubes, then create a frozen block and tube is open?
Ice bin was full so I emptied it and now the ice maker isn't making any ice. Suggestions?
By Roberta Mason10/30/2013
When you put it back in, did you lower the wire bar that lets ice maker know bin is full?
Also, did you check to make sure the bin clicked into the correct position?
I removed the ice bin assembly from my Kenmore Elite 106 side by side to clean out the ice dispenser and cannot reinsert the assembly into the door. It will not go down far enough to lock into place. I have tried wiggling shaking, hitting gently - no luck.
By Ron K.
Ice freezes in the bin of my Kenmore two door refrigerator and when I push the dispenser it turns round and round, but because ice freezes in bottom of bin, no ice comes out.
I take it out and clean the frozen ice out, and it works for a few times, but it soon refreezes again.
By Carol S. from Aurora, CO
My Kenmore side by side makes ice fine, but it always freezes solid in the holding bin. I defrost and clean it out once it gets full, but the cycle starts over. This has been going on for at least a year or longer. Also, we can get water from the door dispenser, but not ice. Any suggestions on what may be the problem and how we can fix it?
We recently moved into a new home and the ice maker is not making ice. Water is flowing through the door water dispenser just fine. We have checked the water line and it is fine. The refrigerator has sat with no power for months and months; could this have anything to do with it?
By Marie W.06/28/2011
Am having the same problem with my ice maker.