Ice Maker not making ice

ApplianceAmana Ice Maker

ModelSSD21SW

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Michael J From West Liberty, IA

Nov 18, 2010

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I originally replaced the inlet valve--it was cheaper. It did not solve my problem. So I ordered the icemaker for my Amana side-by-side; it came the next day! Remove ice bucket, unplug electric, even left the water on. Remove 3 screws holding the old icemaker in. The wiring harness on my fridge was too short to allow me to remove the plug from the old icemaker, so I had to remove the metal mounting plate behind the icemaker to allow me to have enough slack to turn the icemaker and depress the projection on the plug while pulling it from the socket. The icemaker comes right out then. Took off the bail and installed it on the new one. The left side is the important one that engages the mechanism while the right side is just a slave or tender that holds it in position. Plug the wiring harness plug into the new icemaker (be sure to get it in right side up and fully engage the projection on the plug into the hole on the side of the socket--that keeps it from ever working out from vibration or unintended or accidental manipulation. Place the old icemaker end cap over the new icemaker end to shield the mechanism on the left side. Remount the mounting plate to the sides of the freezer with the original 4 screws. I suggest putting a paper or something underneath your work--it is tight quarters and screws are easy to drop. A magnetic nutdriver might help here. Tighten the 4 screws, tuck the wiring harness up under the metal clip (that keeps it up and out of the way of future accidental injury or dislodging). Then use the nut driver to place the 3 original screws which hold the icemaker to the mounting plate. Start all 3, then assess for level mounting before you tighten them--a crooked or unlevel mount job will be inefficient and yield irregular ice cubes. Reinstall the ice bucket and lower the bail which detects the need for more ice and starts the process. Plug the electric back in and turn the water back on (if you shut it off). I had the first cubes in a couple of hours. It will take a while for the cycle to start, so don't worry if you don't have water flowing into the tray right away.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Replacement Ice Maker

Part Number: PS2121513

$107.31
In Stock