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We moved into a new place in Santa Barbara California. Within days I began getting badly bitten by something invisible at night and I never feel the bites just the itchy huge mounds on my skin. Help?

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

You could have some kind of mite. If you are renting, tell the landlord.

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

A neighbour may have pets with fleas. They can travel over.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

There is an interesting article about no-see ums in your area:

www.edhat.com/.../mesa-no-see-ums

I wonder if that is what you are experiencing.

You didn't mention if it was only when you were in bed or outside or in a certain room in the house, so it may not be what you are dealing with, but it was interesting.

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I am always concerned for people with bites scratching and getting an infection. Be very careful to notice the area and if you get prolonged (a day or two) redness or the site is warm for a day or two, talk to a doctor immediately to make sure it is not an infection.

In this case, safety first with your health and then figure out what is causing it as you proceed! I will step off my healthy you soapbox now :)

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My ice maker hasn't worked in a month. I have put hot boiling pots in to defrost it as that's what my repairman told me to do once when it was whining and groaning. He thought line was frozen. If it was frozen this didn't help the icemaker to start up again. We have water in the dispenser in the door, but no water is running in to the ice tray.

I just turned off the water and took off the dispensing valve out of the fridge to try and see if the line is clear going up to the freezer.

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I don't know how to take off the green waterline going up to freezer because it's the new self setting type. I have also changed the filter about two weeks ago before I started any of this. Can anyone tell me what to do?

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March 27, 20161 found this helpful

I changed the water filter, but no ice

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January 23, 2007

I have a side by side fridge, with a built-in ice maker. One has to open the freezer to get the ice. Anyway, I get frozen hunks of ice along with the ice cubes that drops into the ice bin. I have to use an ice pick to break up the clumps of ice. What causes this and how can I correct this problem without calling the repair man? Also, It continues to make ice and If I do not remember to lift the arm that stops ice forming it will fall out of the full ice bin and go all over in the freezer.

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Thanks in advance,

Mary from Mendenhall, Mississippi

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January 24, 20070 found this helpful

It sounds like your freezer isn't cold enough. It is allowing a tiny bit of melting in the heat of the day and then it freezes everything into blocks when the freezer doesn't have to work so hard to stay cold. See if adjusting the temp colder by a little bit helps.

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I have a Kenmore Elite fridge 106.51142112. It has a failed Kenmore/Whirlpool icemaker. I am trying to Dx problem. The receiver control board (W10898445 or W10296530) has an LED that doesn't light. Is it possible that only the LED has failed and the rest of the board (e.g.

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micro chips, etc.) is still operational or is the dead LED a pretty certain indication that the entire board is junk? These go for $250 at Sears or $120 - $420 elsewhere. Many thanks for any advice.

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February 11, 2019

I moved into a house that had a WRS22WRAD1 refrigerator in a room in the basement. It looks like the basement was finished around this thing. I would have to cut it up to take it out. It cools fine, however the ice maker and water dispenser doesn't work. If I try to get water from the front panel with the selector switch on "Water" it dumps water into the ice maker. If I slid the selector switch to "Ice" it just turns the auger in the ice maker, but never makes ice. The ice maker does cycle, but no ice is ever made. Any ideas?

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July 6, 2012

My ice maker would not make any ice. I replaced the ice maker and still no ice. I have replaced the filter too. I hit the reset button on the fridge side, but I have a red light flashing on the ice maker control switch in the freezer. I have turned it to the "off" position and the red light is still flashing. I have no clue what to check next. What do you think is wrong?

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By Glenda

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July 7, 20120 found this helpful

Don't know what it is, however, using the manufacturer and model number, go to the manufacturer site, find the support site, and using the model number search for blinking red light. Or just use the manufacturer, model, and blinking red light in a search engine. Usually the manufacturer has a help line you can call and speak to a technician.

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July 8, 20120 found this helpful

Biggest question: Do u have a manual for your fridge? If you do, there is usually common troubleshooting near the back. It should also have manufacturer's address and toll free number. If no manual, Try the manufacturer's name with .com added and you might get a website with a forum where other owners could help u. and get a manual you could print out on your computer.

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October 21, 20160 found this helpful

It is interesting how no one will touch on the number one reason why Ice makers fail. As a technical advisor for a major corporation, I see 95% of Ice making failure is inadequate door suction(seal) issues. The temperatures become unstable with warm air seeping into fresh food door if not suctioning to front of frig. When temperature sensor senses the warmer air, the controller keeps the compressor running overtime to maintain the 37 degrees in the fresh food. This will cause the freezer temp to fall below zero, which will freezer the tip of the water tube that provides the Icemaker with water. It is a fact that anytime the freezer drops below zero, the defrost cycles can no longer maintain a thawed water tube for the IM. Please keep in mind that the controller's main priority is the fresh food, since a 3 degree increase will cause rapid food spoilage.

The door suction must be maintained. Most technicians as well as "so called experts" are totally unaware that the doors need to be self closing. The doors are big suction cups. A suction cup needs pressure to stick. The doors need their own weight to press them, through use of the earth's gravity. The leveling rollers or legs need to be adjusted to provide a tilt back of the frig to enable the earth's gravity to get ahold of these doors/drawers. Suction will happen while compressor is active, due to air flow; the compressor shuts down and all suction is lost. Just as your dart fell off the mirror when you shot your dart at the mirror as a kid, so does the frig doors from the front of frig. If you tilt the frig back, your doors will be heavy to the front of the frig cabinet and will suction. Temperatures will stabilize in frig and freezer. Within 24 hours, the defrost cycles will thaw the water tube and ice production will start.

Obviously there can be other variables that can contribute to bad suction, such as a damaged door gasket. One should always be looking for the obvious.

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June 20, 2018

I changed the filter on my side by side Whirlpool refrigerator and water come out the door, but now it is not making ice.

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

The new water filter could be faulty. Replace it with another one.

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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

My first thought is to check to make sure the new filter is seated correctly...which is a simple test of take it out and put it back in. This is usually my issue when I change something and it causes an issue. My problem is I usually can't hear the snap or click made when something is in right and I just assume...which is bad.

That said, if it is snapped in right, you may want to use their site's troubleshooting and contact info and go right to the horse's mouth for answers (so to speak):

producthelp.whirlpool.com/.../How_to_troubleshoot_the_ice_maker

I have used their contact info for my washer and found them quite helpful! Hope you get it fixed quickly! On these hot days (at least where I am), ice is important!!

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June 17, 2016

The icemaker on my Kenmore side by side refrigerator stopped making ice. I have already replaced the water filter once in February when it stopped making ice the first time and that fixed the issue. It is now June and it has stopped making ice again and I went out and purchased another filter, replaced it, and it did not fix the issue this time.

What could possibly be the issue? It went from being over full a week ago to not making ice. How do I fix the issue myself without it costing an arm and a leg because it's not my refrigerator, it belongs to the owners of the house and the landlord isn't required to fix it because the ice maker is a luxury not a necessity.

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August 10, 20160 found this helpful

my whirlpoolimperial series in-door ice dispensing system makes only a couple cubes a day. plenty of water pressure at the dispenser.

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I have a Kenmore top mount refrigerator, model number 253.7481240k purchased in 2009. I replaced the copper hose that had a kink in it, now the ice maker will not come on at all. What could be the problem?

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August 17, 20170 found this helpful

Have you recently replaced the filter? Mine has a reset button on the control panel that I have to sometimes reset. Also, on many of the Kenmore the ice maker shuts off if the freezer gets to warm. Use a thermometer and make sure your freezer temp is 10 or below. Some models will let it be as warm as 15 degrees c. If it is warmer than that, change the temp setting.

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August 17, 20170 found this helpful

Check the freezer temperature. It should be between 0 and 5 degrees F. It won't come on if it's higher.

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May 12, 2012

I have a GE Profile Arctica, Model# PSS25NGMD WW. There is no ice in the bin, I put power to fill solenoid, tray filled and dumped a batch of ice, but does not want to take over and repeat the cycle on its own. To me the bin switch looks in the call for ice position. I need advise and thanks you. Frosty.

By Harland O

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May 14, 20120 found this helpful

Welcome to the world of fixing your own fridge. I saved a lot of $ by doing so. You can download the schematic and manual for your fridge using the model #, then go to PartsPlace.com or an appliance parts website and order the part yourself.

For no ice, it could be a number of things. Youtube even has some good diagnostics! What really clinched it for me was asking a friendly technician that I knew who was able to pinpoint my issue; we ordered the parts from a local place, then drove 13 miles (each way) to pick up the part, installed ourselves.

We saved about $400 by placing parts ourselves on our GE Side by side. I'm sorry I don't have a specific answer for your specific question though.

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June 26, 20160 found this helpful

I pull a need filter in yesterday afternoon how long does take make ic

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April 28, 2015

I have a Whirlpool side by side. My ice maker is no longer producing ice. It looks like the water is being sent to the ice maker, but the water is frozen on the side walls and on the food in the freezer. How do I repair this?

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April 28, 20150 found this helpful

You can consult your owner's manual and request service from a local technician. You can also check the manufacturer's website support for additional information. A very easy online search for Whirlpool support produced many answers. You can try a search yourself or this site to start-read the FAQ section also:

www.whirlpool.com/.../

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March 10, 2015

If the filter needs change could that cause the icemaker to stop making ice?

By Pam

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May 3, 20180 found this helpful

It could be it needs replaced.
Here's Maytag's "trouble shoot page".
Hope that helps.

producthelp.maytag.com/.../How_to_troubleshoot_the_ice_maker

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December 29, 2013

Our refrigerator is a Frigidaire and we just replaced the water filter, but now it is not making ice, any clues? It is a Pure Plus water filter. I'm thinking is the filter is on too tight. My husband replaced it, but I cannot turn it that is why I am thinking it might be too tight. Also, when he took it off there was water in filter holder cup.

By Rose D

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February 8, 20160 found this helpful

Had just replaced the water filter, a Pur for a Whirlpool side by side refrigerator, and the ice maker stopped working. Took it out and the ice maker started working without the filter in. Now, on to the next step of letting the ice maker proceed for a few cycles without a filter, then seeing what happens with the new filter reinstalled. Never had the issue before and have replaced the water filter many, many times over the last 10 years.

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I've seen this question asked many times before, but never paid much attention because it didn't apply to me - now it does! What do I need to check before calling a repairman? Thanks very much!

By caseye

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August 13, 20130 found this helpful

Several have already mentioned but the hair dryer worked wonders for me. My fridge would dispense water but would not fill the ice tray and dispense. I opened the freezer door and pointed the hair dryer to where the ice tray fill line comes in for a few minutes and it worked like a charm. Later the motor on the ice machine stopped working and using the hair dryer on it thawed it out as well. Haven't had a problem since.

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February 18, 2013

I have a Whirpool Elite refrigerator and freezer on bottom. It's 2 years old. I put in a new water filter and checked the water line. Water is being dispense from the refrigerator. The model #795-71062 010. Before I buy a new ice maker, any suggestions?

By GK

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February 23, 20130 found this helpful

Check to see if an ice cube is jammed in the tray. If so work it out and the Ice Maker will work properly. Mine does this once in a while. Hope this helps.

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May 9, 2011

My ice maker quit making ice. I changed the filter and water came out of the water dispenser but nothing for ice making

By Penny

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July 23, 20110 found this helpful

The water line to the icemaker is probably clogged or even has frozen. Find where it is attached (you can look online for your make or your appliance booklet} and remove the tube, clean, or melt the ice buildup.

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April 24, 2010

My White-Westinghouse ice maker does not work. What is the problem?

By Dottie from Huntsville, AL

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

Call the place you got it from, good luck.

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March 11, 2008

I bought an ice maker kit from the local Menard's. I hooked it up and it is still not working. The water dispenser inside of the fridge gives out water but I only get 1 or 2 cubes per cycle, if I'm lucky.

Brian from Hamilton, MI

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March 17, 20080 found this helpful

I'd bring it back !

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December 21, 2014

I changed the filter on my fridge and now it is not making ice.

By WW

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May 16, 2014

The plastic teeth on the ice maker got hung and the ice maker quit working. I fixed the piece and now the ice maker will not start.

By Ken

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February 19, 2014

My ice maker is not getting an electrical signal. It does not tell the maker to make ice at the water valve.

By J Maggio from MD

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November 21, 2012

The crushed ice works well, but shaved ice delivers faint sound when dispenser is pushed, but no ice?

By NRS

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August 10, 2009

My GE ice maker has stopped making ice. There is water in it, its just not freezing.

By Joseph

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