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    Default Kenmore refrigerator ice maker stopped working

    Model Number: 106.53552202
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    Hi,

    Last night I found that the ice bucket was empty so obviously the ice maker has stopped working for sometime. When I open the freezer door, the ice maker LED blinking twice then a short pause and the cycle repeated. I reached in the ice maker tray, there is no ice and there is no water at all. The water dispenser is still working fine. Please help, thanks.

    Buckingham

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    TEST FOR WHIRLPOOL OPTICS *Open the freezer door and check the status LED 2 Blinks followed by a 1 second delay-repeated: Tape the emitter door back so it doesn't block the beam 2 Blinks followed by a 1 second delay: Bad optics

    LED is on steady: Optics good

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    Hi rickgburton,

    Here is the observation on the LED test:
    - Open the freezer door: LED blinks twice then a short delay then repeated.
    - Tape the emitter door back: LED is on steady
    So according to your message, the optics is good. Please advice what should be done next.

    Thanks,

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    Put some water in the ice maker and see if dumps a load of ice. If it does I would suspect the water valve.
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    Here's the water inlet valve for your model in case you need to order it:
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    I put water in the ice maker tray, later, the water was frozen into ice but the ice cubes were not dumped out into the ice bucket at all. Does the white plastic "fingers" suppose to push the ice cubes out of the ice maker tray and into the ice bucket ? The "fingers" do not do anything at all in this case. Also, I don't hear the sound of the ice maker water supply solenoid any more (it was heard regularly when the ice maker still working). The black water tube where water supposes to flow from and into the ice maker tray was check and there is no ice build-up. What should be the next step to troubleshoot this problem.

    Thanks,

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    Ok, then the problem is your ice maker itself, because that water you put in the ice maker should of cycled out, yes the plastic ejector arm fingers are suppose to push the ice out.

    Here's the ice maker for your model you can order here(Video Included):
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    I ordered a complete ice maker, installed it and it worked fine now; full bucket of ice after a night. When the old ice maker removed I noted that there is something loose inside the white cover on the left side, once the white cover was removed, sure enough the big white plastic wheel was broken off from its shaft (don't know how !).

    Many thanks to Jake and rickgburton for your helps in solving my problem.

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    Yup Buckingham, seen that white wheel gear strip many times.

    Good job, glad the new ice maker fixed it.

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