Jenn-Air side-by-side Icemaker issues


Jenn-Air side-by-side Icemaker issues

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I have an approximate 14 year old Jenn-Air fridge (JCD2295HES) that I'm having issues with the Ice maker. I had it go through it's cycles by using a jumper wire on the test ports on the front of the unit and everything seems to be working as it should , except for when I comes time for the ice tray/heater to heat up and allow the ice to be harvested.

I was wondering if there's a way to test the heating element as I suspect it's what's bad. Water fills the tray, it freezes over and then it gets stuck there.
I'd appreciate any input before buying a whole new ice maker.


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Hello,

You can test the connection points of the element for continuity.. no continuity, bad element, however I do not even think you can get a replacement heater for these icemakers.. they are pretty inexpensive for the complete icemaker anymore.. Appliance Zone carries the one for your model for $43 here https://www.appliancezone.net/d7824706q-whirlpool-refrigerator-ice-maker-replacement/
I always say as a rule of thumb icemakers tend to have a 5 year life expectancy give or take a couple of years either way depending on usage/water quality. At least your model uses an older style, these new electronic icemakers can be a nightmare, extremely expensive and I see so many failing only after 1-2 years of use.





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Hello,

You can test the connection points of the element for continuity.. no continuity, bad element, however I do not even think you can get a replacement heater for these icemakers.. they are pretty inexpensive for the complete icemaker anymore.. Appliance Zone carries the one for your model for $43 here https://www.appliancezone.net/d7824706q-whirlpool-refrigerator-ice-maker-replacement/
I always say as a rule of thumb icemakers tend to have a 5 year life expectancy give or take a couple of years either way depending on usage/water quality. At least your model uses an older style, these new electronic icemakers can be a nightmare, extremely expensive and I see so many failing only after 1-2 years of use.


Thanks for the reply. Something interesting I also noticed after removing the i/m completely... apparently some water had leaked out the filler tube and froze all the way down like an icicle down to the i/m bucket. Bad water valve I'm guessing? Could this also cause the i/m tray to overfill and in turn , freeze solid and prevent the ice from being harvested? 
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Yes, a bad valve will do this (overfilling) and the I/M will have trouble ejecting over sized cubes, in a lot of cases it could cause the I/M motor to seize up or break an ejector blade . You can get the valve for about $40 or get a whole kit for $84  https://www.appliancezone.net/d7824706q-67005154-whirlpool-refrigerator-ice-maker-valve-replacement/
Might be worth a shot shutting the frig off if you have a place to put your food and let everything totally thaw and turn it back on and see if it works that way... the risk with a failing inlet valve is it could stick open causing water to continuously pour into the icemaker making a big mess so please keep an eye on it if you try this.







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