My ice maker drips slightly when making ice. I hear the solenoid opening/closing normally but as it makes ice, water drips in with the cubes very slowly and continuously. I have to believe the water is dripping past the valve, but I'm not sure as the ice cubes are full size. Would you recommend replacing the valve first and if so what part number? (It was manufactured in 08/99 and have the ice maker water shut off for over a year and bar raised on the maker so it hasn't been running dry).
ANSWER Hello Greg, I would check the water pressure to the unit first. The reason is that the water valve has no springs inside it to close it. It is closed by water pressure alone. A lack of sufficient water pressure will cause the valve to close slowly and sometimes never close all of the way at all. If you remove the water line from the back of the unit and find good pressure, the next step is to replace the water valve 4318046. If you want to save some money, you could go ahead and order the ice maker kit 1129316 which also includes the water valve. This should take care of it for you.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Thursday, March 22, 2012