Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repairLess than 15 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
Repair was fairly straight-forward. First removed the ice cube receptacle and the glass rack for access to the ice maker. Loosened two hex head screws at the top of the rear plate of the ice maker (do not remove completely), and removed one hex head screw at the bottom of the rear mounting plate of the ice maker. After removing the bottom screw, lifted the ice maker off the two top screws. The only real difficulty was positioning the unit so as to be able to unplug the wiring harness from the rear left side of the ice maker. This turned out to be a awkward, but a little manouvering allowed access to the harness receptacle. A metal clip at the rear of the icemaker clips over the insulation of one of the wires in the wiring harness. Remove the clip from the wire before attempting to remove the icemaker. The wiring harness was too short to allow access to the release tab at the top of the harness connector, so the tab had to be worked loose with a screwdriver from the front of the receptacle. If you take this approach, make sure power has been turned off to the refrigerator to avoid an electrical accident. A probe with a short right-angle tip would release the tab without resorting to inserting a screwdriver into the receptacle. Remove the old unit and set aside. -- Compare the replacement icemaker with the original to determine whether any brackets, clips, wire bails, etc. must be transferred to the new unit. In this case, only the wire bail that gages depth of ice in the ice receptacle had to be transferred. Water entered the old unit through a cutout in the back of the cube-shaped plastic piece at the right side of the icemaker. The new unit had a pre-molded opening in the right side of the cube for water entry. Three score marks were provided in the rear wall of the cube to convert the new unit to rear water entry. Using a box knife, the rear of the plastic cube on the new unit was opened along the score marks. The extra opening in the side does not seem to cause any leakage problem. Installation of the new unit is the reverse of disassembly. Insert the wiring harness plug into the receptacle at the rear of the new icemaker. The plug should only engage the receptacle in the right orientation due to the latching tab and notch on the plug and receptacle. Press the plug into the receptacle until the latching tab is engaged. Place the wire clip at the lower rear of the unit (transfer the clip from the old unit if necessary) over the wire the clip was originally removed from and press firmly to seat the clip on the wire. Reorient the back side of the icemaker toward the mounting screws in the rear wall of the freezer compartment. Place the two slotted holes in the rear of the new unit over the screws in the back of the freezer compartment and press down to engage the screws. Replace the third screw in the lower mounting flange of the new icemaker. Tighten all three self-threading screws, being careful to not strip out the holes in the freezer wall. Replace the ice receptacle and the glass rack (if equipped) and unit is ready to use. Dispose of the first couple of ice dumps to insure any debris has been flushed out of the new icemaker.