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Manage My Life

how to check for power to ice maker

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
April 19th, 2011

have a kenmore fridge model #106.56532400.Ice maker went out,bought new one still doesn't work.Seems like no power to ice maker.Fridge runs good,gets good,defrost and freezes ice cubes in trays.Water dispences out of door so I would think the water valves are good.According to what I've read on internet the emmiting boards are good (blink,blink,pause-flipper close steady red light) so I'm thinking no power to ice.Was wonder if I use multi-meter and check at end of elec. harness coming out of freezer side wall to ice maker would tell me theres power and the on off switch is good .If this would work what color is the hot wire and which is ground

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Joey S
Chris: The receiver board is part #4389102 and it's located behind the cover on the right side of the freezer opening where the ON and Off switch is located for the icemaker. The water valves are independent from each other and the ice maker valve can be tested for continuity across the two terminals on the solenoid coil, or you can apply 120 volts to the water inlet valve to see if it opens but I would not recommend doing so unless you have experience with electricity and you feel safe and confident in doing so, othewise I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your icemaker.
by Joey S
April 19th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thanks Joey for your reply.You talk about a faulty receiver board,which board is that.One of the boards in freezer(the one with flipper door) or the main board in the fridge where all the temp. buttons are.Can I check the water valve for the ice maker without using the ice maker to check it.I have 2 water valves,one for water dispensed out of door and the other to ice maker.Are they independent from each other.I used another meter to check harness for ice maker and got108.5 volts
by Manage My Life
April 18th, 2011
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Joey S
Chris: The voltage should be 110-120 volts and it seems like you could have a faulty receiver board or a loose a dirty connection in the BK/Wh wire or White wire.
by Joey S
April 18th, 2011
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Thanks Joe for your reply.Checked between the BK/WH wire (meter on AC volts) got a reading of 100.1 volts.Is this a normal reading or a indication that the board (the one in the side of freezer) with ON/OFF switch is bad
by Manage My Life
April 16th, 2011
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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

You can check the voltage supply to the icemaker across the BK/WH (Black wire with white stripe) and the solid WH (white wire). Be sure to push the flapper in so that it does not block the sensors. The hot wire is the BK/WH wire and the White wire is the neutral line. I added a partial wiring diagram of the icemaker below.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

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by Joey S
April 16th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thanks Joesph for your response.Tried to jump between T&H and nothing happens.My question now is if the computer boards in the freezer are bad,would you still get power to ice maker and do they have controll over the fridge running.The reason I ask is untill this morning I had turn the ice maker switch in freezer to off.Now that I turn it on (to do my testing) my fridges keeps running.I've been messing with this for about a wk. and I would like to be sure before I call to get another (new) ice maker.I can't get passed the first test (T&H) to run a diagnostic check on boards
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by Manage My Life
April 15th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
I use ice for my beverages almost daily and I know how important it is to have a good working ice maker in the home. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find two links that will provide you with some good tips on what to test on your ice maker. I hope my links are useful.
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by Joseph Perez
April 14th, 2011
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