Appliance Tip of the Day: Buying a Replacement or Add-on Icemaker

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on September 25, 2002

in Ice Maker Repair, Refrigerator Repair

appliance tip of the day archiveLooking to replace your dearly departed icemaker? Sick of filling ice cube trays and you’re finally going to install an icemaker kit in your fridge? This handy table will help you figger out which kit you need. If you’re seeking wisdom on troubleshooting and repair or installing a water supply line for your icemaker, just click the preceding links. Otherwise, let the table below be your guiding light.


Refrigerator Replacement or
Add-On [1]
Icemaker Kit to Buy
Whirlpool and Kenmore with Flat-Style Plug [2] Add-On Whirlpool Add-on Icemaker Kit w/ Flat Plug
Whirlpool and Kenmore with Round-Style Plug [2] Add-On Whirlpool Add-on Icemaker Kit w/ Round Plug
Whirlpool and Kenmore Replacement Whirlpool Replacement Icemaker [3]
Whirlpool and Roper made from 1993 to present. Add-On Whirlpool Icemaker Kit w/ Flat Plug
Maytag, Magic Chef, Admiral and Jenn-Air. 1989 to current. Add-On Maytag Add-On Icemaker Kit
GE and Hotpoint. 1987 to present. Add-On GE Add-On Icemaker Kit
Frigidaire, Westinghouse, Kelvinator, Tappan, Kenmore (253 series), and Gibson brands (IK4, IK7, IK8). Add-On Frigidaire Add-On Icemaker Kit
Amana with Round-Style Plug [2] Add-On Amana Add-On Icemaker Kit
Amana with 4-Pin Male Receptacle [2] Add-On Amana Add-On Icemaker Kit
All Brands Add-On Copper Icemaker Water Installation Kit [4]
Whirlpool and Kenmore with Flex Tray Icemaker Replacement Icemaker Defrost Timer [5]

Notes:

[1] Replacement means you’re replacing an existing icemaker in a fridge that already had one. Add-On means you’re installing an icemaker kit in a fridge that never had one. Add-on kits come with the water valve and ice bin, replacement kits do not. You can use an add-on kit for a replacement but you can’t use a replacement kit for an add-on.

[2] The style of plug refers to the type of icemaker electrical receptacle that you can see on back wall inside your freezer.

[3] Kit comes with both a flat and round receptacle plug.

[4] This is the type of water installation kit recommended by manufacturers. Uses only genuine copper tubing with a drill-type saddle tap valve. For more information, see this page.

[5] The defrost timer is built into the flex tray icemaker. If you just want to get rid of the flex tray icemaker in your fridge, you’ll need to install this replacement defrost timer kit or your fridge won’t run. You’ll have a hard time finding a replacement flex tray icemaker because they suck so bad. If yours is busted and you can’t fix it, you’re better off without it.

grasshoppers sitting with the master sipping frozen margaritas made with ice from their new replacement icemaker


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