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Kenmore is a popular appliance brand commonly sold by Sears, but Sears does not manufacture any of the appliances themselves. Instead, they source that out and have other manufacturers make their appliances for them. Kenmore refrigerators are made by a variety of different manufacturers including LG, Electrolux, GE, and Whirlpool.

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Kenmore side by side ice maker not working

New unit, but will not make ice. Or fill with water.

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I have a side by side Kenmore that will not dump the ice into the dispenser bin after I have removed the bin to dump the ice into a small travel cooler. The water cycles to fill the tray a number of times before I notice that the it is just flowing over the ice filled tray and into the freezer compartment. Each time this has happened, I find the tray to always have frozen ice in it. Anyone know what could be the problem? The fridge is about 6 years old and has the water and ice dispenser with the temp. controls on the board controls.

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Icemaker not dumping ice. Ice is being made OK but dump cycle is not activating. Does not add more water to tray, just doesn't dump. Was working fine but had to remove icemaker to replace diffuser and when I reinstalled the icemaker it did not dump ice as it did before. Any suggestions as to what may have happened?

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I removed ice into a travel chest and now it is not making ice

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I have a kenmore side by side the ice maker not dumping ice turn off and when I turn back on will move tray with ice but stops . Seams like the tray is jamed up will move a little bit but then stops.

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My fridge was fine and made ice. I did some reno at home and unplugged the fridge for some times, but after that I didn't make ice anymore. I checked everything :

The water dispenser works fine, I checked the feed valve for icemaker and was ok , I checked the control board by removing the ice level switch board and connecting the 3rd and 4th pin. What else could be wrong here?

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Here's the first thing to look at:

Water Inlet Valve

How it Works:

If the refrigerator ice maker is not working the water inlet valve might be defective. The water inlet valve is an electro-mechanical valve. The coil can show good for continuity and still not let the water thru.

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Ice Maker Assembly

How it Works:

If the ice maker is not working it could be that the ice maker assembly itself is defective. The freezer temp should be between 0-5 degrees for the ice maker to cycle properly. There are several components in the control module of the ice maker that can fail and most are not sold separately. Also, ice makers have a relatively short lifespan and so it might not be worth fixing. If other, simpler parts like the water inlet valve or shut off arm have been ruled out, and the only thing left is the ice maker itself, replace it as a unit.

Icemaker Module.

How it Works:

If the ice maker is not working the icemaker module at the front might be defective. The module has a motor that cycles the ice ejector arms around to push the ice cubes out when the ice maker thermostat closes. It also has contacts in it for the mold heater and water inlet valve. The motor or contacts of the module can fail. Usually there are test points in the module that a service person can use to determine if there is a problem with it or one of the related ice maker components.

Low Water Pressure from House Supply

Other Causes and Conditions

How it Works:

If the ice maker is not working the water pressure in the house might be too low. The water inlet valve which supplies water to the ice maker is designed to work with a minimum of 20 psi of water pressure.

Door Switch

How it Works:

If the refrigerator ice maker is not working, the door switch might be defective. When the freezer door is opened the freezer door switch does two things, it turns on the light in the freezer and turns off the ice maker and dispenser. If the door switch fails the dispenser will not turn on. The switch can be checked for continuity with an Ohm meter. If it doesn’t have continuity it should be replaced.

Ice Level Control Board

How it Works:

If the ice maker is not working the ice level control board might be defective. This refrigerator is equipped with an infrared light beam to detect the level of ice in the ice bucket. As the level of ice reaches the top, the beam is interrupted and the ice maker shuts off. As ice is used up and the level of ice drops below the beam, the ice maker starts up again. If the ice level control board fails, the ice maker will stop making ice.

Water Filter

How it Works:

If the refrigerator ice maker is not working the water filter might be clogged. Try changing the water filter.

Icemaker Mold Thermostat

How it Works:

If the ice maker is not working the icemaker mold thermostat might be defective. Inside the control module of the ice maker is a thermostat which monitors the temperature of the ice mold (ice tray). Once the mold reaches the proper temperature the ice maker starts a harvest cycle by ejecting the ice cubes and refilling with water. If the mold thermostat is defective the ice maker doesn't advance. The thermostat can be checked for continuity. Replace it as needed.The freezer temp should be between 0-5 degrees for optimum performance.

Icemaker Switch

How it Works:

If the refrigerator ice maker is not working, check the icemaker switch. This switch frequently gets turned off by accident. If the switch is turned on but the ice maker still doesn't work, check the switch for continuity with an Ohm meter. Replace as needed.

You can find more ideas on the Frigidaire ice maker not working page (the fixes listed apply to most brands, not just Frigidaires)

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The water dispenser works. Doesn't this mean the valve is working.

Is it possible that the ice maker is not getting power? The plug has 4 prongs. How do you check?

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Ice Maker Was Working Ok, needed To remove Ice Bin To empty & The Arm went To The Off Position ,Do i Try to Raise it of not ? don't want to Break it

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Works Fine When Arm Is Up ,How Do I Raise The Arm.?

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Mine does not work at all, I am afraid is the whole assembly that is defective, maybe?

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I have a kenmore side by side I have replaced the watersolenoid valve and icemAker and inspected switch in door but it still does not call for the solenoid to open and fill water

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It is interesting how no one will touch on the number one reason why Ice makers fail. As a technical advisor for a major corporation, I see 95% of Ice making failure is inadequate door suction(seal) issues. The temperatures become unstable with warm air seeping into fresh food door if not suctioning to front of frig. When temperature sensor senses the warmer air, the controller keeps the compressor running overtime to maintain the 37 degrees in the fresh food. This will cause the freezer temp to fall below zero, which will freezer the tip of the water tube that provides the Icemaker with water. It is a fact that anytime the freezer drops below zero, the defrost cycles can no longer maintain a thawed water tube for the IM. Please keep in mind that the controller's main priority is the fresh food, since a 3 degree increase will cause rapid food spoilage.

The door suction must be maintained. Most technicians as well as "so called experts" are totally unaware that the doors need to be self closing. The doors are big suction cups. A suction cup needs pressure to stick. The doors need their own weight to press them, through use of the earth's gravity. The leveling rollers or legs need to be adjusted to provide a tilt back of the frig to enable the earth's gravity to get ahold of these doors/drawers. Suction will happen while compressor is active, due to air flow; the compressor shuts down and all suction is lost. Just as your dart fell off the mirror when you shot your dart at the mirror as a kid, so does the frig doors from the front of frig. If you tilt the frig back, your doors will be heavy to the front of the frig cabinet and will suction. Temperatures will stabilize in frig and freezer. Within 24 hours, the defrost cycles will thaw the water tube and ice production will start.

Obviously there can be other variables that can contribute to bad suction, such as a damaged door gasket. One should always be looking for the obvious.

Yes, there are other potential causes, but I find that 9 out of 10 times, if the frig doesn't even have the basic conditions needed for successful ice making, then how can you even begin to blame the problem on failed parts....that can get very expensive- Door suction issues can cause water flow issues to the dispenser as well, as the compressor overworks and brings in an extreme amount of cold air, which freezes the water tube and reservoir in back of frig behind back wall. Temps should be a perfect balance of 37 frig, 0 freezer with good door suction. With water flow and good temps, the IM should make ice. If you have perfect conditions first, and still do not have ice, then you can start looking at replacing Ice machine or inlet valve depending on situation.

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Anyone have a problem with a red blinking light that is my the on/off nob and I've turned it off and on and it still blinks red??

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I understand the red blinking light is possibly caused by clogged water filter. I'm having same problem & ice maker is frozen but not dumping. New filter ordered.

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Temps must be set for 37 degrees in frig, zero in freezer (middle settings). Below zero will freeze water tube to ice maker at the tip. You are only getting a couple of trays of ice per day because the defrost cycle thaws the water tube so you get one batch, then it refreezes. Your defrost cycles run about every 12 hours. Make sure the doors are self closing. If not, tilt frig back using leveling rollers or legs in bottom front of frig.

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Chuck thanks for your comments. That sounds like my problem. I'm not in front of the fridge at the moment but I don't recall it having adjustable legs. It's a Kenmore Coldspot Model 106. I'll check when I get home. If not maybe I can rig something up to make the fridge lean back a little. I assume it should only be a slight lean right?

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Chuck, I read your response regarding why ice makers fail. I adjusted the elevation in the front and i now have ice but both sides are warm. What could be the problem and how do i fix it.

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I have a Kenmore elite that is just two years old and the ice maker in the door stopped working. I read so many blogs and what little tech Sears and coldspot provided and decided it was the ice maker. Bought a replacement and same thing. Started tracing wires and noticed that the harness that goes from the main controls up through the freezer door is severely angled and flexes every time the door is opened. I opened up the casing the harness is in and found two broken wires. I have been looking for a replacement harness and find nothing. Not listed in the parts manual. Sears parts people cannot find the part. I have repaired the wires but it didn't last. The angle is too severe and I am not happy. I will never buy another in door ice maker.

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Dave, my ice maker hasn't worked for a while and I replaced it due to a failure with the tray getting wedged due to extended motor travel or that is my best guess. Anyway, the ice maker worked for a while and then finally just quit. Well, there are two wires (one brown and one white) that have severed down on the bottom of the door which I am sure is the problem. There isn't much wire to work with to strip and re-solder, but it certainly seems like a huge design flaw that will plague just about everyone I suspect. Anyway, thanks for the hint as I believe I have found the root cause for my failure.

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Awesome!! Someone finally acknowledged the real issue. Lets buy 10 more replacement ice makers and not address the real issue. Design

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@dpatr94238 Go online and check out the parts schematic. Use your complete model number when you do your search. There is always wire harnesses in the parts schematic. It is a common repair in older refrigerators.

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This was one of the first places I went, entire model number and the same diagram was shown in many models. Talked to a parts technician directly, they gave me the part number reassured me it was the correct part. Was not even close. I am over it but would still like to find the correct harness. Pretty sure it involves taking the door apart to replace it but would be done with it. my splices are holding up pretty good so far. Thanks

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The model number for my fridge is 10651773510. It is a Kenmore Elite Side by Side

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If your doors are not self closing, all of these symptoms will occur. Please read my above explanation to solve your issue. Your doors need to suction to front of frig using the earth's gravity. They will suction when compressor is on, because of air flow. Once it reaches its desired temp in fresh food, the freezer will be way below zero and water lines will be frozen. The frig shuts compressor down at 37 degrees and then doors fall off front of cabinet (gravity pulls them off) and warm air seeps in. It then turns back on and starts the cycle over and over again.

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Light blinks on and off a bunch

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How to stop the inside lights from blinking

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My Kenmore side by side stopped working. Ice maker stopped making ice. I used hair dyer to thaw ice tray out of any frozen ice cubes.

Saved about $200 it works now ice cubes were frozen in try.

Try it if works.

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Mine is older kenmore with a arm. It keeps making ice never stops. Bar will be up it overflows with cubes how cn I stop it?

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Chuck, you are giving wrong information.

There are 2 common reasons for doors on a refrigerator or freezer to close. And suction has nothing to do with this.

1. Most refrigerator today use a door closer cam. The weight of the door with the help of the door closer cam allow the door to swing towards the refrigerator. A slight tilt aid in that motion. Once they touch the refrigerator itself the magnets in the door gasket hold the door closed. Think about Chuck.

Whenever you are looking at new refrigerators, they normally aren't running. But the doors close just fine.

Also if you are having a suction on a working refrigerator inside the home, then you have an underlying issue.

Some models do not have a door closer mechanism. In that case a slight tilt is necessary.

Suction is from room temp air combining with the cold inside the freezer. This is normal inside a deep freezer due to the low temperature they run.

So Chuck, do your research before you give advice. Have a good day sir.

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My kenmore refrigerator send message door ajar and not work dispenser, no ice, no water and all door are close firm

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Sounds like a bad door switch to me

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If your doors are not self closing, all of these symptoms will occur. Please read my above explanation to solve your issue. Your doors need to suction to front of frig using the earth's gravity. They will suction when compressor is on, because of air flow. Once it reaches its desired temp in fresh food, the freezer will be way below zero and water lines will be frozen. The frig shuts compressor down at 37 degrees and then doors fall off front of cabinet (gravity pulls them off) and warm air seeps in. It then turns back on and starts the cycle over and over again.

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The freezer door was not completely closed overnight. Not making ice. Temps were were at _4 on freezer. I adjusted temp to 0 on freezer and fridge from 35 to 37 which they were originally set at. How the temps got changed, I dont know. Possibly because the freezer door was not completely closed? How will i know if this damaged the compressor?

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The door had suction and everything was working until it was hitting a pizza box or something in freezer and i did not notice until the next morning.

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@rambo111 If the frig gets cold, compressor is fine. If you have temps at 37 in fresh food and 0 in freezer, and can maintain those temps (use your own thermometer). Door ajar signal is either the door suction issue (tilt back or bad seal) or your alarm sensor is bad.

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I had the same issue and I tried everything and it didn’t work. I read most of the strings here and I came up on the wire harness. I looked on the frig and I found all wires were fine but the cover was not properly latched. I did that and voilaaah it started working and no problem.

That solved my problem but I dont know if it will do the same to you

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Sounds like you got lucky. Where the wires route up into the door to the ice maker and water dispenser, the angle and the constant flexing actually broke the wires inside the insulation. Found the problem and re-spiced the wires. The real problem is I cannot find a replacement harness when they eventually break again. Thanks for your comments

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On my Keone elite French door refrigerator freezer the blue lights on the ice dispenser stays on. Why? Will that cause a problem?

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It sb Kenmore^

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Same thing happened to me a few months ago and I found the fix somewhere and tool care of ot but I cant find it anymore...

The ice holder came slightly off...i put it back in but now it wont release the ice that's already in there...this happened once before and I remember it was a simple stupid fix but I cant find the answer anywhere. The fridge is less than a year old.

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I have a 795.91303-012 side by side Kenmore refrigerator/freezer with French doors. The ice maker inside the freezer stopped dumping the ice into the bucket. The water valve wrks properly, the ice maker dumps the ice into the bucket only when I push the reset switch. The side arm works properly. The freezer switch turns the freezer light on. Does the control board triggers the dumping of the ice into the bucket? or could it be a damaged wire somewhere?

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The historical tilt-back of the refrigerator is a lost technology. If the door does not have the weight of the door pressing onto the face of the frig cabinet, the suction of the door seal will not be strong enough to keep warm air from seeping into the freezer and fresh area. The temps may be set between 0-5 degrees in the freezer and 36-37 degrees in fresh food, but the warm air seeping in will prevent ice-making and cause many other issues. The tilt-back assures you that the Earth's gravity is pulling the door to the cabinet. This tilt back should have been done at installation and should be the first troubleshooting for many problems. I was a Technical Specialist for Sears for 5 years. I resolved 3-4 of these every day just by over-the-phone troubleshooting. The manufacturers have the tilt-back is in their installation manuals, yet delivery and repair technicians are oblivious to this technology, even though refrigerators have depended on the Earth's gravity to assure a good suctioned door seal from the beginning.

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I can't get my ice maker to work even though I've had 5 repair guys out. But my door alarm has always been broken and so everytimw the power goes out it resets to "on" and dings the whole time. So we turn it off. So either that switch is bad or the door isn't sealing but I feel like the door is sealing just fine - I tilted it back like I'm supposed to right when I got it. The test button on the ice maker works and dumps the ice when it's pushed. But never will dump on its own. It has been replaced. Water line has been checked and is working with plenty of psi, mother board was switched out, so should I replace the door alarm sensor/switch?

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They have all these answers that require a tech to come out and replace boards and switches because of the temperature and the unit freezing on the Kenmore side by side refrigerator. We had the same problem I thought it was the switch or possibly temp board after really looking I found poorly designed vents that blow directly on the ice maker thermostat and ice maker motor. If you block the vents with a good 2” wide tape to block any of the vents that blow on the unit itself it doesn’t affect the freezer at all and ice maker works like a charm. These vents are a design flaw they have to be aware of by now I have fixed 2 other Kenmore refrigerators with this process with successful results on both. Try this before you have them come out and charge you.

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Not the vents, the wiring harness routing from the controller to the ice maker goes up thru the door and is kinked and eventually breaks. I just want the part number for that specific harness. None of the parts manuals list it.

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@dpatr94238 I can get you the part number, if only I had a model number to the refrigerator.

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The model number for my fridge is 10651773510. It is a Kenmore Elite Side by Side

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Have the same problem. If you have the p/n of the harness I would appreciate it.

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One of the earlier posts quotes that an entire new freezer door (1500.00) is the only fix and will only last as long as the wires last. Be careful the next fridge you buy because that is the only answer to the Kenmore Elite issue.

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Where are the vents you are talking about located?

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Actually I figured out why mine quit working. It unfortunately is a bad engineering issue. The wiring for the jice and water in the door run from the bottom left corner of the refrigerator to the bottom of the freezer door. Everytime the door is opened and closed it kinks the wire and eventually breaks them. The door is sealed and not serviceable. $800 for new door

. Piece of junk.

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My ice maker has not worked in over a year .....sometime the water dispenser works but don't count on it . we have been buying ice in the bags and putting it in the ice tray for over a year now it's winter and we get funny looks when we purchase two to three bags of ice a week in the dead of winter .. By the way it's a Kenmore side by side .. Looking to buy a different name brand this time.. (Way To Go Kenmore)

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@Eddie White Please keep in mind, that Kenmore is a brand and not a manufacturer. All Kenmore products are made by the other manufacturers. The Kenmore side by sides are usually made by Whirlpool, while the bottom freezer frigs are usually made by either LG or Samsung. Top freezer frigs are usually made by Frigidaire. There are some exceptions to this breakdown, as I have seen some top freezer frigs made by Samsung and some side by side made by LG.

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@Eddie White Please look to my trouble shoot resolves from the post above here to test out your symptoms.

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Look at the bottom of the freezer door. There you will find a wiring harness. Most likely some of the wires in the harness are broken. Poor design. Just trim back insulation, solder and tape. Good to go. Look here: https://www.applianceblog.com/mainforums...

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We had our wire harness wire soldered and it just broke again in 4 months. It is a design issue and they should have been recalled. Unfortunately, short of buying a new refrigerator there is nothing you can do

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I looked at the wires and noticed that one of them was not properly connected. Sometimes it worked and other times it didn't. Luckily, I found a solution with your help, and my problem is now fixed.

Initially, I thought I might need to hire a professional welder to fix the wires, and I was considering getting a specific type.

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We have a Kenmore elite with ice dispenser in the door. Our ice dispenser froze up and we had to thaw it out with hair dryer. We removed the ice tub that hold the ice and cleaned it. Now the gear that connects the receptacle will not completely mesh on the inside door connection. We have had to do this icing intervention before and it always just set on the gear and dropped down to make the connection. Has anyone ever had this problem

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My kenmore side by side has the ice bin on the door. It was making ice just fine and then suddenly stopped. What are the common causes with this type of setup?

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What is the model number of the refrigerator?

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My kenmore side by side has the ice bin on the door. It was making ice just fine and then suddenly stopped. What are the common causes with this type of setup?

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If your new refrigerator is not freezing ice, there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. Check the temperature settings: Make sure that the temperature settings on your refrigerator are set low enough to freeze ice. The recommended setting for most refrigerators is between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Check the thermostat: Make sure that the thermostat is set to the right temperature and is functioning properly. If the thermostat is faulty, it may need to be replaced.
  3. Check the air vents: Make sure that the air vents on your refrigerator are not blocked. If the air vents are blocked, the freezer may not be able to circulate cold air properly.
  4. Check the evaporator fan: Make sure that the evaporator fan is running properly. If the fan is not running, the freezer may not be able to circulate cold air properly.
  5. Check the door seal: Make sure that the door seal on your refrigerator is tight and not damaged. If the door seal is damaged or loose, cold air may be escaping and preventing the freezer from freezing ice.

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