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Old 06-07-2010, 08:27 AM  
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Just bought a used Amana - about 10 years old. The ice makes doesn't work, though. I have water to the water dispenser, so its not that - ice maker is not filling with water. The bail the shuts it off when full of ice is down as it should be.... help?



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Old 06-07-2010, 10:41 AM  
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Is there water or ice in the ice mold? If not put water in it and see if it dumps the ice after it’s frozen. If there is ice, lift the cut off arm and let it drop to see if it will start.
If it does dump the ice but don’t refill with water.



Try swapping the wires on the dual water inlet valve. It’s on the back where the water supply comes in. Then try the water dispenser. The water should go to the ice maker. This will tell you weather or not the ice maker valve is working and if the line is clear.

The water inlet valve on the back of unit opens when the ice maker needs water. If the valve doesn't seal good because of sediment or wear it will continue to drip and when the water reaches the ice maker supply tube it will freeze blocking the fill tube.. You can take the water line off the valve and watch to see if it drips.



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Thanks! OK, there was no water in the ice maker. I poured some in and waited for it to freeze, but it wont dump the ice..... maybe no power the ice maker or ????

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Post a schematic, which may be found pasted onto a panel, on the back or inside the unit.

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I had to replace an ice maker recently in a Hot Point freezer top refrigerator.

You can get relatively cheap replacement units on eBay. Just be sure to double check with the seller about the model/part number.

It was one of these very common ones -

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:59 AM  
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This happens in my rentals occasionally. The ice maker or water valve just quit working. I'm not an electrician, can't read a schematic, and can't afford a $200 service call from the Amana (or GE or Whirlpool) service tech. So I just swap one or both of these parts until it works again.

The key to doing this is buying cheap parts locally. I found an appliance store that sells 'reconditioned' and scratch/dent appliances. They have stacks of ice makers and water valves that they pull from recycled refrigerators and sell to DIYs. Your refrigerator is 10 years old, so do you really care if you replace the non-functioning ice maker with one that is 5 years old. You've only got 2 to 5 more years of useful life, so why put a new ice maker (over $50) in it? A used one will cost $10 - 15.

There are only a few standard ice makers, but it is best to remove the non-working one (or take a picture) and take it with you. Be prepared for some cold fingertips when removing/replacing one of these. These stores do not have parts lists, technical manuals or cross-reference tables. They don't keep inventory lists. They are very low-tech and that's why you need to show them the part.

Hope this helps and saves you money!

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My fridge has two separate water filters. One for the fountain on the door, another for the ice maker. When my ice maker quit, I found this out the expensive way, by paying the service guy to come out and show me.

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My Amana ice cube maker quits about once a year. Mine is easy to fix. The water supply tube in the back top right gets frozen and the water can't pass thru to fill the tray. I just unplug the fridge, then loosen the 3 screws supporting the ice maker, then lower it a few inches. I take a hair dryer and melt the ice in the tube feed that is back inside the rear wall. After that ice plug is melted, reattach everything and I'm back in business.

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My Amana ice cube maker quits about once a year. Mine is easy to fix. The water supply tube in the back top right gets frozen and the water can't pass thru to fill the tray. I just unplug the fridge, then loosen the 3 screws supporting the ice maker, then lower it a few inches. I take a hair dryer and melt the ice in the tube feed that is back inside the rear wall. After that ice plug is melted, reattach everything and I'm back in business.
Your water inlet valve is leaking just enough to finally freeze in the tube and blocking it. I wouldn't replace it either until it leaks more than yours.
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Definetly -shouldn't- freeze the fill tube!

If the elbow & tube has a ice blockage, it is usually best to replace the fill valve and the shut off valve. A very LARGE problem in the last few years has been the self piercing shut off valve clogging up with calcium and junk! Replace the self piercing shut off valve with a drill type shut off valve.

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