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PartSelect Number PS869316
This icemaker can be used with 25-27 cubic feet refrigerators that have a vertical auger dispenser located on the freezer door. Reuse bottom bracket from the original icemaker and attach to the new.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
I removed cleaned & re-ionstalled the same unit. It started to slowly make ice and then stopped. I repeated the above procedure again and it started to work normally. I will keep the replacement icemaker as a handy spare. I fear it will fail again in the near future.
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I found a repair guide online to check the resistance of the motor, thermostat, and heater mold. The resistance of the motor and heater mold were both a little off from their recommendations. I had an assumption that it was the motor but I decided to just buy the whole assembly basically for spare parts and I didn't feel like messing around with it any more. The new icemaker was not just a drop in replacement as part select told me because the Icemaker Bearing and Cup Assembly was larger than the original one. Thus, I had to switch it with the old one really quick so instead of a 3 min job it was 20 or so.....
I removed the two screws holding the cover door, then the three on the uder side of the icemaker assembly. I carefully worked the old unit out; it was a tight fit. The most difficult step involved disconnecting the power assembly. Due to the space, it was hard to get hold of each side of the clip to pull it out. After the old unit was out, just reversed the steps and had the first batch of ice in less than an hour. (I washed the new unit with warm water and soup as it had grease/lubricant on it when taken out of the package).
Replacing my old ice maker with the new ice maker that I bought through PartsSelect was fairly easy. The part came without any directions - so I am glad that I did a little research on PartSelect prior to ordering. I am not the most mechanically coordinated person - but even with my large hands pulling the old ice maker out and putting the new one in was simple.Only real problem was trying to snap the plug in and making sure that the connection was completely tight. With a side-by-side refrigerator - getting my hands and shoulders (I am a large man) far enough in to apply enough pressure to snap the connectors was a challenge.Within 30 minutes, my wife heard the ice maker making ice - I was a hero and I had saved about $150 in the labor I was quoted.
I replaced this same ice maker a month before, if that long, using a part I found $40 cheaper from another site. Needless to say you get what you pay for, the existing part was not exactly the same as the original and leaked water all over the place. I removed the not so old icemaker by removing the flapper door and removing the harness cover then pulling out the existing icemaker followed by disconnecting the wiring harness. Now with the old icemaker removed I removed the bottom tray/shield from the existing ice maker by removing the three screws from it then attached the tray to the bottom of the new ice maker from PartSelect which did not come with the bottom tray/shield. Finally, I executed the removal process in reverse order to install the new ice maker.
I removed two small bolts that secure the flapper that keeps ice from falling out when you open the door, one bolt that holds a cosmetic cover for the wires and slid the icemanker forward. The only difficult part was removing the plug since it was high up, the wires were stiff and there's a release to push that locks the two plugs together. Once it was removed all was installed in the opposire order.The part I ordered had a slightly taller channel where the water refills so I had to trim it to allow the new icemaker to slide in without bending the fill nozzle. Other than that it was pretty easy.
I could have bought the "brains" of the ice maker, but decided to replace the whole ice and make sure the problem was fixed. This refrig was let in home I just bought, so do not know its history. The biggest problem was trying to get the ice maker out of the tight spot without applying undo pressure on any part. It finally came out. The next problem was figuring out the catch on plug-in for electrial power. That done, the new ice maker went in without a hitch and is making ice. Glad I decided to order the part and do it myself for the cost of a service charge -- and not service call and part.
Installing the new icemaker is simple. The only problem I had was disconnecting the wiring. Had to use pliers to gently pull the plugs apart. After that, installing the new one was relatively easy. It's a tight fit but can be accomplished with big American hands ;-). After about 15 minutes, it starting making ice again.
First thought it might've been a problem with the inlet valve assembly but it wasn't. Took the factory unit out of the refrigerator and from testing found out one of the wires (black) was busted so splice a new wire in and motor started working but the "arm" would only rotate to a certain point and stop. I then discovered a broken tab inside the motor housing so at the point I just ordered a brand new icemaker unit. When I got it, I just mounted it to the base plate then slid it into the tracks in the refrigerator. The spout where the water comes out was the only tricky part but it is flexible so you just have to push it away and put it back into the tray when the whole unit is inserted. Once inserted, connect the power to the refrigerator, lock the wire cover to the base plate and you should be fine. The new unit started working right away. Whole process took 5 minutes.
This was relatively easy, but did require patience. First I removed the ice maker door cover, then the bolts, which required a socket and wrench. Next the icemaker wires had to be disconnected, it was a little tough - the connection was on there tight. Once the old unit is out, make sure you remove the motor cover and bracket - you need those on the new one before it goes in. After replacing the bracket and motor cover on the new unit, you connect the wires, pop in the new unit and put all the bolts back in. It was mostly a one person job, but I did need a second set of hands when disconnecting and connecting the wires.
Ice maker replacement was cheaper than $150 service call not including replacement cost. Did have some problems with the wire bundle and installing the cover but ice maker works great. Thanks for the video on how to replace.
i just unplugged the old assembly, plugged in the new, and voila!
Simple removal and replacement.
Take the safety door off, remove safety panel on the right back corner with small socket wrench. Slide out the ice maker, disconnect the power connection. Turn the old ice maker over, remove the bottom housing which has 4 screws. Mount the old housing on the new ice maker, slide the power cord through the old power strip slot. Connect the power cord to the refrigerator, slide the new ice maker back in place, reconnect the safety bracket on the right back corner and replace the safety door. Shut the door and wait a few hours and BOOM ice!
Unplug refrigerator, remove front panel in front of ice maker. remove screw on back right side, remove small cover. then unplug the electrical connector, and slide out ice maker unit. you will need to remove the plastic bottom panel of ice maker and put it on the new ice maker. then push the electrical connector through the hole. then reconnect the new ice maker electrical plug and slide it back into place, slide the small cover in the back over the electrical connector and replace screw. then replace the front panel door and then plug unit in.
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