fridge leaking, ice maker malfunctioning

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Hi,

This is a cool site that I stumbled onto tonight! :cool:Thanks for having it.....

Sooooo.....Our Kenmore fridge/freezer (on top) model # 25371822102, serial #BA12900568, (manufactured7-01) with an ice maker, model type AS-18,has been leaking water into the fridge from above (the freezer we suspect) for some time. We have been wiping up the water, and just living with it. Sometimes it is very wet, and sometimes days go by without a drop.Several days ago,our ice bin was one solid block of ice! We thought that the freezer door had been left ajar, and so we just thawed the block from the bin, and started over again. The next day, the bin was a solid block of ice again. :shock:

Do you have any suggestions? Is is a clogged drain, as described to some others on your site? Or do we need to replace the ice maker? Should we start by defrosting the whole fridge, and just turn it off for a couple of days? We shut if off a couple of months ago for about 6 hours, but the leaking continued. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much!

Trisha :)
 

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trisha wrote:
has been leaking water into the fridge from above (the freezer we suspect) for some time. ... Several days ago, our ice bin was one solid block of ice!"

"Is is a clogged drain?
The water is the fridge section could very well be a clogged defrost water drain as described at the following link. The ice in the ice bin is not likely cause by that so the icemaker may be overfilling or the water for the icemaker is continuing to run even when the icemaker is not calling for water.

LINK > My fridge is leaking water, what might the problem be?

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So then what may be the problem of the ice maker overflowing? Why would water continue to fill the ice maker if the ice maker is not calling for it?

Thanks!

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trisha wrote:
So then what may be the problem of the ice maker overflowing?
A sticking switch in the icemaker mechanism, too high of water pressure.


Why would water continue to fill the ice maker if the ice maker is not calling for it?
A defective water fill valve on the back of the fridge or not enough water pressure getting to it can cause the valve to not fully close.

You can read a bit about the water valves used on appliances at the following link:

LINK > Appliance Water Fill Valve Information

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Hi! Your information has been very informative! Where would I find the "sticking switch" in the ice maker mechanism? Is it in the selenoid? And why would the water pressure change after3 years, if that is the problem.....

Thanks again!

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trisha wrote:
Where would I find the "sticking switch" in the ice maker mechanism?
In the square box part of it (left side of the following image).


Replacement
253.71822102
Icemaker Asm.




Is it in the selenoid?
No. In the icemaker mechanism itself.



why would the water pressure change after 3 years
An increase could be caused by changes to the water supply to your home (maybe a water main upgrade).

A reduction in water pressure could be caused by changes to the water supply to your home (more users on it, a breakage or partial collapse, etc.), a kink in the water line to the fridge, a partial blockage in the tap where it connects to the house water line, a plugged inline water filter, a plugged sediment screen in the water supply line, a plugged water fill valve. There might be other possibilities as well.


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