FIXED: 106.89583707 Kenmore Coldspot No Ice & Grinding Noise

JYOSS

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I have a 2013 Kenmore freestanding icemaker w/ drain pump (model 106.89583707) that began making a high-pitched whirr/whine this morning. The ice basin was ~2/3 full with the most recent ice appearing to have been, at least to some degree, melted and refrozen - there was a large block of fused cubes that were clearer than normal and somewhat smooth. I turned the unit to "off" for 30-60 minutes, dumped the ice, and then turned it back to "on" in hopes that it would resume normal operation. When I turned it on, the unit began making a grinding noise rather than the previous high-pitched noise. I've attempted to run a clean cycle with a similar resulting behavior - grinding noise and no water. The unit is cleaned annually with icemaker cleaning solution. TIA!

EDIT: Here's the noise it's making:

[video=youtube_share;PNcDhj-U5_0]https://youtu.be/PNcDhj-U5_0[/video]
 
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Jake

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Hi,

That noise sounds like possibly your water inlet valve solenoid chattering, put your hand on it and see if it's vibrating. Make sure the water supply line is on.:)

Here it is for your model:
WPW10340983 Valve


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JYOSS

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Thanks, Jake!

So silly question....where's the inlet valve located - is it located above the icemaking unit? The sound is certainly coming from inside the unit, and more specifically, it would seem the top right. I took another video (below) and I'm guessing that the whooshing noise is the recirc pump trying to draw water from the (likely malfunctioning) valve?

[video=youtube_share;Art-uxIpVXY]https://youtu.be/Art-uxIpVXY[/video]

Thanks!
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The water inlet valve should be in the back or underneath the unit.

I couldn't locate the service manual for this model.

Walt aka wobiii is the expert on these standalone ice makers, he should be here shortly.

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Jake

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Yes Jordan, possibly upper right.

Hopefully wobiii will be here some.

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I was able to locate the inlet valve, and despite what the diagram would suggest, it's located in the exact opposite location....front lower left. In any case, it doesn't appear to be the problem. It seems to click over just fine, and no chatter at all. My suspicion is that it's the recirc pump? Curious what wobiii has to say....

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Yes, possibly the recirc pump then.

That's odd, usually wobiii is here by now, he must be swamped with work.

You can Private Message him and refer him to your thread here.

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Holiday season and losing a trainee has been hard on me, especially with asti coming up. Fill that bucket up with water and see what happens. The ice leftover in the first video looked sick. it should make a slab that is 1/2 inch thick and mostly uniform. That sounds like a pump running with out water to me.
 

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Sounds great, I'll give that a shot tonight. I'm assuming that if the symptoms persist with water in the bucket that it's likely the pump, then? Thanks, Walt!

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Check that the hoses are attached in there too. They fall off occasionally.
Alright, filled the recirc bucket and the pump drew the water up to the evaporator plate. No issues with the recirc pump then. Hose connections on the inlet valve were intact, although, I can't trace the line downstream of the valve (between the valve and the bucket). I'd assume I'd see water everywhere if there was a break/disconnect in that line...that correct? All in all, you think it's safe to point at the inlet valve as the culprit?

Thanks!
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The unit has been unplugged for about a week at this point, so barring some junk in the line, I guess the valve is the problem....

Thanks!
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Thanks for the guidance! Installed a new inlet valve yesterday morning and now have a full bucket of ice.

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Excellent, good job, guess I was right about the water inlet valve being bad. Thanks Walt for confirming that too.:)

Thanks for the update J!

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Alright, so apparently the honeymoon is over.....I come home tonight to a loudly whirring pump, a dry recirc bucket, and a partially melted bucket of ice. I poured some water into the recirc bucket, and the recirc pump started pumping away. It would seem highly unlikely that the inlet valve would've gone bad that quickly so could the problem be something else? The unit has been running 24/7 since Spring 2013 and never any issues until a couple weeks ago, so I doubt it's an issue with the valve clogging.

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There’s a white 1/4 in line in the interior of the icemaker. It’s fastened to the pump. See if it’s freezing.
I assume you're referring to the fill line positioned over the top of the recirc bucket? If that line freezes, would/could that kill off the inlet valve? The unit has been off for the better part of a week now (unfortunately, I came down with the flu last weekend and was out of commission), so it's both drained and still unable to fill in the on position. What would cause the freezing, simply a cooler water supply? The weather here in Atlanta was pretty cold when the valve first failed, and while the unit is in a fully-conditioned space, the water line travels through an unconditioned/unfinished/uninsulated basement utility room....
 
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