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Old 09-17-2006, 11:08 AM   #16
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First time posting here, great forum folks!

I have the same problem as the original poster. Fridge: 2004 Kenmore (Whirlpool) 106.7xxxxxx series. The ice maker makes ice and cubes do not get caught in the mechanism.

I made a recording of the noise with my Pocket PC but there's no way to upload it to the forum... I would best describe it as a creak or groan. If anyone here saw the movie "The Grudge" it sounds very similar to the guttural throat noise made by the poltergeist children in the haunted house.

The noise comes from the gear pictured in the link jeff1 posted above that says "Do not rotate manually" on it. As the gear rotates back and forth slowly, it makes the creaking/groaning sound. When the plastic cover is removed and the gear is exposed, it is obvious that the sounds correspond with the gear movement.

The sound can be heard throughout the house when the house is quiet. Does anyone have a suggestion for quieting the ice maker?

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2004 Kenmore (Whirlpool) 106.7xxxxxx series
Full model# would have been best to post.

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The noise comes from the gear pictured in the link jeff1 posted above that says "Do not rotate manually" on it
Sounds like ( no pun intended ) the motor on the module...


Whirlpool icemaker repair module

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Thanks for the reply Jeff, I was hoping it'd be you that responded. It may be too little too late, but the full model # is 106.73182302.

Can the motor be repaired with some proper lubrication & maintanence? If not, I can get it fixed for free with an appliance insurance plan I get through my gas supplier. I enjoy DIY, that's why I ask.

Also OT, but do you know if this fridge uses a water filter? I can't find mention in the owner's manual or online. Thanks,

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Can the motor be repaired with some proper lubrication & maintanence?
Likely can quieten it down for a bit with some lube, but the motor is not available seperetly and if the insurance will pay for a new part....let them.

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None built into the refrigerator itself.
Only filter it may have is an add on inline filter in the supply water line feed.

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None built into the refrigerator itself.
Only filter it may have is an add on inline filter in the supply water line feed.
Good to know, because the fridge currently has the cheap translucent plastic hose and I recently purchased a real feed line to replace it. A plumber friend told me that if the cheap hose breaks it's major, and they tend to break over time. I think I'll splice a filter into the new line. Thanks again for the info.

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I think I'll splice a filter into the new line.
Good idea.


Universal In-Line Water Filter for Ice Maker & Humidifier

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The plastic ones can dry out and crack

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I have a GE side by side about 6 years old,my problem is the chute where the ice comes down to be dispensed is freezing up solid and wont let the ice cubes through.so therefore if someone doesn't know this and trys to get ice this way,no ice comes through the chute but when you open the freezer door ice goes everywhere.I just open the freezer and get the ice out manually.does any one know what might be wrong? Any help is appreciated.
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Universal In-Line Water Filter for Ice Maker & Humidifier

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I have a GE side by side about 6 years old,my problem is the chute where the ice comes down to be dispensed is freezing up solid and wont let the ice cubes through.so therefore if someone doesn't know this and trys to get ice this way,no ice comes through the chute but when you open the freezer door ice goes everywhere.I just open the freezer and get the ice out manually.does any one know what might be wrong? Any help is appreciated.
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Model#?
http://www.applianceaid.com/model.html Some model# helps.

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problem is the chute where the ice comes down to be dispensed is freezing up solid and wont let the ice cubes through
How is it "freezing up"? With snow, ice, dispensor door is simply jammed?

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