How to Jumpstart the Cycle on a Kenmore Ice Maker

Some Kenmore refrigerator models are equipped with an automatic ice maker that dispenses ice cubes into a storage bin underneath. Kenmore refrigerators are built by Whirlpool for sale at Sears stores. If your Kenmore ice maker stops working, you can troubleshoot the unit by jumpstarting the ice production. This simple procedure takes only a few minutes and requires a flat-blade screwdriver.

Step 1

Peel away 1/2 inch of insulation from each end of a 4-inch length of 18-gauge wire, using wire strippers.

Step 2

Remove and empty the plastic bin beneath the ice maker. Replace the bin. The Kenmore refrigerator will not produce ice while the bin is full.

Step 3

Pull the lever on the side of the unit down until it clicks in place.

Step 4

Remove the plastic cap from the end of the ice maker, using the tip of a flat-blade screwdriver. You can now see the timer wheel and ice maker gears.

Step 5

Rotate the timer wheel until it clicks.

Step 6

Hold the wire by the insulation with your thumb and forefinger. Insert one bare end of the wire into the hole labeled "L" to the left of the timer wheel. Insert the other end of the wire into the hole labeled "V" to jumpstart the ice maker. The tube in the back of the ice maker will begin filling the unit with water.

James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.