• Please note, some of the links on our site are affiliate links (Learn More)

First a frozen water fall, then no more ice?

GovGeek

Premium Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2011
Messages
2
Location
East Bay, CA
Model Number
106.52552100
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
6-10 years
Greetings!

I've been reading this forum and there is an amazing wealth of quality information here. However the notes say to post a question as a new thread, so that's why I'm creating this rather than replying to another. :)

Problem:
I noticed a massive puddle on the ground in front of the refrigerator. Apparently (I'm assuming) a family member left the freezer door open for an unknown period of time. There was so much water that it got under the hard wood flooring and started welting the floor seams. The freezer looked like a garden hose went off inside it with frozen patches of ice adhered to the interior side walls, as well as ice cycles dripping from nearly every rack and all the items stored inside. Before this happened the ice production was working normally.

Current Observations:
I have a Kenmore Coldspot from 2001, with the ice collector in the door. I get water through the door and can engage ice delivery through the door as well. The optics appear to be working as I tested them by cycling the freezer door switch three times and watching the ice maker move in two full rotations while finally resting at 9 O'clock. The problem here is that I have to assume the optics are okay as the status LED has never worked. I can also manually fill the ice tray with water and it will produce and deliver ice to the door-bin.

Efforts:
I have cycled the interior power switch as well as removing power completely for 15 minutes. I've cleared the black rubber fill tube and there was a small amount of ice there. I've forced the ice maker into "harvest" mode to level-set the operation. So far... no ice.

I'm thinking that this might be a module as I've read in other threads, but I want to be sure you have the full picture before I attempt to repair something that isn't broken. I appreciate your time and look forward to your reply.
 

Jake

Appliance Tech - Admin
Staff member
Joined
Aug 24, 2004
Messages
113,138
Location
McMullen Valley, Arizona
That status light should be working and be steady ON.

Do this:

Step#1: Open the freezer and view the status led

(STATUS LED)

2 BLINKS FOLLOWED BY 1 SEC. DELAY(REPEATED)

POSSIBLE CAUSES: The flapper door on the emitter is blocking the beam or the optics are faultly.


Step#2: Press the emitter flapper to unblock the optics beam

(STATUS LED)

2 BLINKS FOLLOWED BY 1 SEC. DELAY(REPEATED)

POSSIBLE CAUSES: The optics are faulty. Replace the emitter and receiver boards.

If the LED is on steady: The optics are working properly.

Here are the boards you can order, they come together in 1 kit with instructions:
Manufacturer part number 4389102 is RepairClinic item number 921526
4389102

Jake
 

GovGeek

Premium Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2011
Messages
2
Location
East Bay, CA
Thank you for your reply. The LED has never worked, however this never effected the ice maker function. I guess I'll start with these boards as suggested as I don't have a way of testing the original ones.
 

Jake

Appliance Tech - Admin
Staff member
Joined
Aug 24, 2004
Messages
113,138
Location
McMullen Valley, Arizona
Yes, because the LED should work on all these models, no exceptions.:)

Jake
 
Top