Ice maker replacement in fridge/freezer
I pulled the fridge, turned the supply off and we're all good, except for the lack of water and ice dispensing in the fridge.
For $140 I can replace the ice maker, but I'm not convinced that's the problem. I assume the ice maker triggers a solenoid/valve elsewhere in the fridge to supply water, as it just pours out a little tube into the tray. I know how the ice maker works, but if the valve itself is faulty, it's going to leak and flood regardless.
Anyone have experience with these things, and can comment on the likelihood of it being the mechanical system of the ice maker keeping the water valve opened, or (in my mind more likely) the valve itself having failed and just being open period, regardless of the ice maker mechanism calling for water or not.
I could turn the water back on after disconnecting the ice maker to see what happens, but figured I'd ask here as well.
Sadly I'm not sure I want to spend hundreds of dollars on a technician call and replacement parts on this 9 year old unit. The thermostat is a little wonky, with me having to set it at 45 F just to keep things in the fridge from freezing (actual temp is around 38 F).
I may just drop $3000 on a replacement from Bosch, Fisher Paykel or another non-Whirpool manufacturer.