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106.45433800 Kenmore elite Refrigerator - Auger motor not turning

mkaatman

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Kenmore elite: 106.45433800

Auger motor: 2322580

I've pulled the motor and hooked up 12V to it and it turns both directions. I measure 80 Ω resistance across the outer pins.

I tried measuring voltage on the harness when the lever is pressed and it comes back +/- 40 VDC depending on cubed or crushed.

Is there a more conclusive way I can test the motor? If it's not the motor, any advice on further testing or locating the board that is powering it? I'm not sure if it's the board in the panel on the front of the door or elsewhere.

Lastly, under the front panel is another panel bolted to the door. After removing the bolts, the panel wouldn't budge if anyone has advice on how to remove it.
 

Jake

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If you look on your auger motor you will see it rated at 120 volts DC

Let's first check your bracket control to see of the dispenser switch pins are broken, then check the wiring where it goes up into the freezer door for breakage.

I explain it here in this post:

Jake
 

mkaatman

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Thanks Jake, Physically the pins and bracket are in good shape. Pressing the switch manually made no difference. I tried jumpering the wires going to the switch which also didn't matter. The switch activates the light and panel as expected.

The wire looms going into the door all look to be in good shape with no fraying.
 

Jake

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Ok,

When you test for voltage at the auger motor you have to press the ice dispenser lever to activate it first, and the door switch pushed in.:)

Access the auger motor and check for either +110 VDC or -110 VDC between the brown/white wire and the red/white wire. One direction is crushed the other is cubed.

If the voltage is correct, replace the auger motor:
W10822606 Motor


If still no voltage, then its the control board not providing the proper volts to the auger motor.

Here's the control board for your model:
Electronic Control Board WPW10209635


Let us know what you find.

Jake
 

mkaatman

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Thanks Jake. Where is that board located and how do I access it? My wires are a different color but I only get +/- 40 VDC based on cubed or crushed. My motor looks a bit different but I think that one looks like it should line up.

Would you happen to know which of those connectors on the board goes to the motor?
 

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mkaatman

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I found this inside if it's useful to anyone.
 

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mkaatman

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I decided to open the back and see if I can find the board. I did. This component looks burnt. Now the question is, if everything else is working fine, is ice dispensing worth $300 for a new board or do I save that money towards a new fridge when the next piece goes out? :unsure:
 

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Jake

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Yes, that burnt control board is the issue.

Its your choice if you want to fix it or not.

Yes, $300 is a lot of money to spend on a 10 plus year old machine, so that is true, you have to consider what other parts will be going out next.

Jake
 
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