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Can the water filter cause the dispenser and ice maker to stop working?

My Kenmore 596.75529400 Refrig water/ice maker has stopped working. They were both working fine. The water dispenser stopped giving water about a month ago and now the ice maker has stopped. Could it be the water purifier filter needs replacement. We have never changed it - many moons.

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scott d
If the filter is completely stopped up it will stop the water flow. This will stop both the dispenser and ice maker. To determine if this is the problem there is a by-pass # 67003146 that can be installed. If you get water flow with the by-pass installed the filter # 9006 will be the problem. Both of these parts are available at

. If water still won't dispense with the by-pass installed, the water valve could be defective and this may also be a dual problem with both the ice maker and dispenser. A technician will need to make these checks. If you need more assistance you can resubmit your question with more details.
by scott d Earned 139,392 community points in Appliances
February 27th, 2009
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