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How do I troubleshoot the ice maker on my Kenmore refrigerator?

On my Kenmore Ice Maker you mentioned to check voltage at term L and N. Checked – No Voltage. Checked voltage at connector which plugs into ice maker on white / black 120 volts. Began to ohm out wires running through ice maker – white is fine, black is open. What is little black device inline on hot wire? No continuity through this device. I assume it's a temperature switch to turn ice maker on/off. Temp in freezer is fine. If the inline device is a temp switch, naturally I would assume it’s going to open when I have the ice maker out of the freezer. If in fact bad, is there a replacement available or should I just throw out the whole darn ice maker?

Kenmore , Refrigerators , Appliances
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Lyle W
I referred to your previous question and see that you have Kenmore refrigerator model 106.52769100. Assuming that the optics boards have not been replaced, I provided detailed technical information and diagnostics below for your ice maker system. The normal method of diagnosing an ice maker problem begins with conducting a test to make sure that the optics boards are working properly as described in the first image. Based on your details, I suspect that they are since you are getting the voltage to the ice maker module. If the optics are working properly, the second image provides a test procedure for manually cycling the ice maker module. This process is complicated in a system that uses the optics boards. The procedure must be properly followed to cycle the ice maker after jumping the T and H contacts. The third image does provide the wiring diagram for your entire refrigerator. Although the exact wiring diagram for the ice maker module is not available, I provided the wiring diagram and technical information for a similar type of module ice maker. This technical information provides resistance checks. Some of these checks will work for your module ice maker. Some of the wiring will be different so this information can be used as a guide. If the ice maker module will not cycle properly, the after optics are verified as good and the procedure is properly followed, then you may need to replace the ice maker module.

This answer provides a large amount of technical information. It is intended for service technicians. If you use this information, make sure that you clearly understand the test procedures before proceeding. Always follow electrical safety guidelines. Unplug the refrigerator before accessing internal components. This amount of technical information can be overwhelming. If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.
by Lyle W Earned 136,245 community points in Kenmore
December 10th, 2008
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