ice maker

leosar

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canada
Model Number
gs2shaxlq01
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
1-5 years
i have whirlpool refrigerator,wich works good:model:gs2shaxlq01
only the ice maker doesnt make ice
the ice container is in the freezer door
there is on the freezer wall :emitter and receiver
please help how to check the ice maker machine and the water valve for the ice maker and the emitter,receiver.
there is two water valves in the back,the one for the cold water is good.
thanks
 

Jake

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Ok first do this test.


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

Let us know what you find.

Jake
 

leosar

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thaks jake
opened the freezer and found the led on steady
what should i do next?
thanks
 

Jake

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Ok now feel inside the ice maker tray and see if all the ice cube slots have ice in them.

Jake
 

Jake

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Ok, now verify that nothing is blocking the fill tube that comes down from the freezer ceiling into the ice maker.

I would make sure your black rubber fill tube that puts water in it from the freezer ceiling is not clogged with ice, sometimes you can't see the ice blockage up in there, use a turkey baster and shoot hot water in there, then get something to run up in that fill tube, a small Phillips screwdriver perhaps, or
I use a evaporator cooler spider snake:
http://www.azpartsmaster.com/Products/Cooler-Spider-Snake__CLR4690.aspx

They are used basically in Arizona to clean out the water pump tubes that run to the cooler pads.

I don't know if they would sell them in your area, but if you go to your local hardware store, they should have something similar to run up your black rubber fill tube. Remove the ice maker first to get better access into that black rubber fill tube.

You can also check the ice maker water inlet valve solenoid by using a cheater cord as described here:
Testing ice maker water supply at the solenoid

You'll need to remove the ice maker assembly if its clogged in that black rubber fill tube above the ice maker.

<!-- / message --><!-- sig --><!-- / message --><!-- sig -->Here's the instructions TO remove the ice maker assembly:

1. Remove the bucket from the door to get some room.

2. Put a piece of tape on the sensor flapper to hold it down so you won't damage it while removing the ice maker.

3. Remove the ice maker service cover door by spreading the two hinge fingers apart away from the center and the door should lift out of the slot.

4. Remove the screw in the right rear bottom side of the ice maker.

5. After removing the screw that cover should lift up from the rear and just work it out from the rear and you see the electrical harness.

6. On the left track the should be a tab toward the bottom which you need to push up.

7. Push up tab and start working the ice maker towards you pulling it out of the track.

8. Careful with the electrical harness in the back as you're pulling out.

9. Disconnect the electrical plug by lifting the clip on the plug.

10. Remove the side cover on the side module by pulling off.

11. Remove the bottom shield by removing the 3 screws on the bottom.

12. To install reverse the order as it came out.

Let us know what you find.

Jake
 
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