How to Replace Your Kenmore Refrigerator’s Icemaker Kit


When the icemaker stops making ice it’s time to check if the ice maker is broken. One the side of the kit is a series of steps you can follow to test the ice maker. The instructions will tell you to manually press down the ice maker switch for over fifteen seconds. This manual test will let you know if the connection to the icemaker is broken or if the icemaker itself is faulty. If you hold down the switch and nothing happens, order a replacement kit (part #5303918344 for more Kenmore and Electrolux models) and follow the steps below.

Before you start, unplug the refrigerator. This will keep yourself and the surrounding area safe from shocks or electrical discharge.

1. Access the icemaker kit.

Open the freezer door and remove the ice bucket. To do so, just pick it up by the bottom handle and slide it off the shelf. Set it aside. Then pull out and set aside the shelf underneath it.

2. Remove the icemaker kit.

Loosen the two screws holding the gray brackets along the top of the maker, but don’t remove them completely. These screws act as hooks that the icemaker grips onto to hang in place. Once they’re loose enough, you can grab the body of the icemaker to pull it up and off of the two screws.

Next, hold the icemaker up and look for the wire harness on the bottom left side. Pull it free of the small open-top box behind the left side of the icemaker. That will gives you a bit of length to maneuver the icemaker without stretching the wires. Once that is done, you can set the icemaker down on the shelf inside of the freezer section. You should see the wire harness more clearly. Unplug this by depressing the tabs on the side.

Pull the completely detached icemaker out of the freezer. Slide the bottom plastic shell off from around the bottom coil of the old part for reuse on the new part.

3. Install the new icemaker.

Before you put the new icemaker kit in the freezer. Slide the old shield onto the bottom. The tight two plastic tabs should slide along the extended lip of the icemaker behind the wire arm, and the wavy edge should extend downward without hitting the coil.

Once the shield is in place, set the icemaker onto the shelf nearest where it will sit in the freezer. Plug in the wire harness with the four prongs, and make sure you orient both parts so the harness slides into place without pinching the plastic prongs. Hold the icemaker up and carefully push the plugged-in wire harness into the small plastic box. Next, slide the icemaker kit into position along the back wall of the freezer without shifting the wire harness. At the same time, you need to make sure the water inlet valve slides into the compartment on the left side of the icemaker and the top two metal brackets slide into place on top of the top screws. Let the icemaker hang freely as you check to make sure everything is in place.

Then tighten the two screws to secure the new icemaker kit in place.

4. Reassemble the freezer.

First, turn the icemaker switch onto the ‘on’ position.

Next, slide the shelf back into place on the rails and back against the ice maker.

After that, slide the ice bucket into place over the shelf. Make sure the auger and the coupler in the back match up and watch the end of this video for a visual guide. When you push the bucket into place, you should hear it click and lock.

Close the freezer section door and plug the refrigerator back in.

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