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I replaced the motor on my maytag bottom freezer and the valve

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I replaced the motor on my maytag bottom freezer and the valve inlet. I can hear the ice maker working but doesn't seem to be getting water.

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The model number should be on the wall of the fridge?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The model number is XXXXX We replaced the motor on the ice maker and the inlet valve. I can hear the ice maker working but doesn't seem to be getting any water.

Does your icemaker have a water filter?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Not that I know of.

I didn't think it did, however they made like 11 models of this one, why did you replace the water valve on te unit?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Initally we thought that be the problem when the ice maker was not working so went ahead and replaced it and the motor on the ice maker.

So replaced the water valve first?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


The fill tube that fills the ice maker itself, have you made sure that it was not blocked up with any ice in the tube?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No I didn't. I could take the ice maker off and check it. But it will take a few minutes.

Yes please do that, that is number one reason for the ice maker not to be working, you should be able to shine a flash light and see all the way up the tube.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

would that stop the function of the pump because I don't see any water being pumped through the line

Yes no water would be pumped at all if there is an ice blockage of any type in the fill tube
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

O.K let me check that. Is there any easier way to check without taking off the ice maker?

Disconnect the water line on the back of the unit that is going to the icemaker and blow through it, it should blow through it easily.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

O.K. did that the line looks fine. Ended up taking the ice maker out and found frozen water in the bottom. Do you think the temp was to low in the freezer from being open so long. Maybe I should wait to turn the arm down on the ice maker until it is back to the regular temp.

The icemaker on this unit will not make ICE until the freezer temps get down to below 10 degrees, then it will cycle for you, is the ice maker just keep cycling or does it stop for a while before continueing to do it again?



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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I could hear it cycle it seems like it stopped for a short while between cycles

This may sound real stupid, did you ever turn the water back on after replacing the water valve?
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes we did.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes we did. I'm wondering if the wiring is bad going to the pump.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Are you still there?

do you have a volt meter to check voltages?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes I tested it and didn't get a reading. So that's why I'm wondering if it's bad.

you are getting 120 volts to the water valve?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Not sure what you mean. Just so you know I am a woman that's pretty good at these things. I checked the wire that connects to the pump with a meter and didn't get a reading.

how did you check for voltages?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I checked the prongs that come from the fridge to the pump. Using a voltage meter. It only moved a very little bit.

Was it still hooked to the valve when you checked it? If so try it with it removed from the valve, it shoud read 130 when it calls for water
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No it wasn' t hooked to the valve.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

At this point I think I am done for today. I might end up calling someone in to look at it. Thanks for your help.

Your welcome,. Have a great day.

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