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

FIXED Whirlpool Refrigerator ER2CHMXPL04 - Ice maker input freezing up?

mpickell

Premium Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2011
Messages
112
Location
Pittsburgh
Model Number
ER2CHMXPL04
Brand
Whirlpool
Age
More than 10 years
I had to replace my ice maker a while back so the ice maker itself is probably <1 year old.

Recently the icemaker started freezing up at the input (see attached pic for example). Water seems to have been making it through for a while, but started leaking down the back wall behind the metal place (by the coils). This past weekend i cleared out the freezer, removed the icemaker and back panel in the freezer and there was a lot of ice back there directly beneath the water input. (fridge was off) I ran hot water over it for a while to get rid of all of that ice and i put the whole thing back together.

The attached picture is the next day. It started freezing again immediately. What should i be checking here for the issue? Right now i have the icemaker off (the bar up) so i don't flood the freezer with water again. I don't know for sure, but i _think_ this started happening around a water main break in my neighborhood that sucking water backwards out of my house. not sure if something happened related to that or not (and i had a check valve installed so it won't happen again)

IMG_7926.JPG
 

Dan O.

Appliance Tech
Staff member
Joined
Oct 9, 2004
Messages
6,375
Location
Ontario, Canada
That happens when water continues to trickle though to the icemaker after filling should have stopped. That is frequently caused by a 'weak' and leaking water fill valve.

This link is supplied by the author of this reply and pertinent to a possible solution.

LINK > Whirlpool ER2CHMXPL04 Icemaker Water Fill Valve



You can also check for a partially plugged sediment screen where the house water supply connects to the water valve. Reduced water pressure to the valve can allow them to seep.

sediment screen.jpg

Dan O.
 

mpickell

Premium Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2011
Messages
112
Location
Pittsburgh
I believe that water fill valve did it! and wow was it dirty behind and under my fridge...

Last time i defrosted it it froze up within a day. I replaced the part yesterday and everything seems to be working fine. Is it normal to have possibly a small amount of ice (like.. little spots) on that spout that pours ice in the the icemaker? i am definitely not getting the whole thing freezing up again, so i think it is fixed.

Thanks!
 

Dan O.

Appliance Tech
Staff member
Joined
Oct 9, 2004
Messages
6,375
Location
Ontario, Canada
wow was it dirty behind and under my fridge

The condenser at the rear needs to be cleaned regularly. Not only will a plugged condenser cause higher power consumption, it can drastically reduce the lifespan of the compressor ($$$+).

Is it normal to have possibly a small amount of ice (like.. little spots) on that spout that pours ice in the the icemaker?

It should stay fairly clear. Make sure there isn't dirt, residue or roughness, etc. on it that allows water drops to stick to it.

LINK > Icemaker Fill Cup W10122561


Dan O.
 
If you feel that you have benefited from this site, and would like to show your appreciation.
Top