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Refrigerator Ice Dispenser Not Working

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Refrigerator ice dispenser not working are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Refrigerator ice dispenser not working

Cause 1Dispenser Control Board

The dispenser control board governs most of the functions of the dispenser system. If the control board is faulty, it may stop supplying power to the entire dispenser system. If only one dispenser part is not working, test each of the dispenser components before testing the control board. It is more likely that a single part has failed. If the entire dispenser system is not working, the control board is more likely to be at fault.

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Dispenser Control Board for your Refrigerator
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Cause 2Dispenser Actuator

The dispenser actuator interacts with the dispenser switches, which power the auger motor and other dispenser components. If the dispenser actuator is broken, it may not activate the switches properly or at all. Inspect the dispenser actuator—if it is broken, replace it.

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Dispenser Actuator for your Refrigerator
Dispenser Actuator - Part # 913457 Mfg Part # WR17X10706

Dispenser door crank

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Cause 3Auger Motor

The auger motor spins the auger blade and pushes the ice through the dispenser chute. If the auger motor is burned out or defective, the ice won’t move forward and fall through the chute. To determine if the auger motor is defective, pull out the ice bucket and turn the bucket auger by hand. If the auger turns freely, use a multimeter to test the auger motor for continuity. If the auger motor does not have continuity, or if the motor is getting power but won’t run, replace the auger motor.

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Auger Motor for your Refrigerator
Auger Motor - Part # 1461103 Mfg Part # WR60X10259

Ice dispensing bucket auger drive motor

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Cause 4Dispenser Solenoid

The dispenser solenoid opens a door flap to release the ice and then closes the door flap once the dispenser finishes dispensing ice. If the dispenser solenoid is defective, the dispenser door won’t open. To determine if the dispenser door solenoid is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. In addition, check the dispenser actuator pin to ensure that it moves freely. If the dispenser door solenoid does not have continuity, or if the actuator pin does not move freely, replace the dispenser solenoid.

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Dispenser Solenoid for your Refrigerator
Dispenser Solenoid - Part # 1194707 Mfg Part # WR62X10055

Refrigerator solenoid assembly for dispenser door. If the dispense door does not close properly frost will start to form in the dispenser area.

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Cause 5Ice Bucket Auger

When the dispenser lever is pressed, the auger motor rotates the auger. As the auger rotates, it pushes the ice toward the dispenser door and down the chute. If the auger is defective, it won’t be able to push the ice out of the dispenser. Check the auger to determine if it is broken or if it is disconnected from the auger motor. If the auger is broken, replace it.

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Ice Bucket Auger for your Refrigerator
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Cause 6Ice Crusher Blade

If the ice crusher blades are jammed by ice, use warm water to melt the ice. If the ice crusher blades are bent or broken, replace them.

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Ice Crusher Blade for your Refrigerator
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Cause 7Ice Crusher Blade

If the ice crusher blades are jammed by ice, use warm water to melt the ice. If the ice crusher blades are bent or broken, replace them.

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Ice Crusher Blade for your Refrigerator
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Cause 8Ice Crusher Blade

If the ice crusher blades are jammed by ice, use warm water to melt the ice. If the ice crusher blades are bent or broken, replace them.

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Ice Crusher Blade for your Refrigerator
Ice Crusher Blade - Part # 293117 Mfg Part # WR17X1363

Ice crusher blade

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Cause 9Ice Crusher Blade

If the ice crusher blades are jammed by ice, use warm water to melt the ice. If the ice crusher blades are bent or broken, replace them.

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Ice Crusher Blade for your Refrigerator
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