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Insulating your ice maker during the hot weather and to extend the life of the unit.

If you have an ice maker out on your lanai and the ice melts during the hot weather remember the unit is just a cooler, with an ice maker on top. Line the inside walls only with plastic wrapped styrofoam. Did mine with about 3/4" styrofoam and then wrapped them in clean plastic bags, about 12" high. Did just the side walls not the bottom or the top and I have ice to the brim. My ice maker is about 8 years old and was told the insulation had broken down and would need a new unit.

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ice keeps melting in hot weather


Try lowering the freezer temperature. Make sure you have air flow inside the freezer, don't over pack it so the vents are blocked inside.

May 18, 2016 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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My Icemaker won't keep the ice once it makes it


What make and model of ice maker do you have?
Is the unit making ice? If so, about how much?

Most commercial bin type ice makers are not engineered to maintain the ice once it drops into the bin. Older ice is intended to melt and the water should drain out of the bin as new ice is deposited on top.

It may be that you are consuming ice at a rate greater than the unit is designed to produce ice, or that the unit is not set to the highest ice production rate (if adjustable).

Alternatively, if the inside of the bin is hot (warm) you may have another problem with the unit (e.g., gasket leak). Was the unit previously working? If so, are you aware of any events that took place just prior to the change?

Some units have a defrost or a cleaning mode, which will actually generate heat inside the unit. Make sure the unit is set to the correct mode.

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Ice maker is not making ice and water leaks from bottom.


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.


Your drain tube may be stopped up with ice at the upper end because it drains too slow because it's stopped up at the lower end in the evaporator pan under the unit at the floor. It can get dust and mold in it. Once you get the ice out at the top a little pressure with a turkey baster will usually clear it out. Flushing it out with hot water and clorox may help.
Make sure it drains quick enough to prevent refreezing. . The drain should be located below the evaporator coils on the lower back of the freezer.

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Is the freezer cold enough? Should be close to 10 degrees.
Is there water or ice in the ice mold? If not put water in it and see if it dumps the ice after it’s frozen. If there is ice, lift the cut off arm and let it drop to see if it will start.
If it does dump the ice but don’t refill with water.
Try swapping the wires on the dual water inlet valve. Then try the water dispenser. The water should go to the ice maker. This will tell you weather or not the ice maker valve is working and if the line is clear.

The water inlet valve on the back of unit opens when the ice maker needs water. If the valve doesn't seal good because of sediment or wear it will continue to drip and when the water reaches the ice maker supply tube it will freeze. You can take the water line off the valve and watch to see if it drips.

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Ice Melting


ok check the door gaskets they must be toushing forming a compleate seal nothing else is acceptible also there is a possibilty that your ice maker heater is stuck in the on position.also these units are known for a having a bad control boared in the back

Aug 09, 2009 | GE Profile PSW26P Stainless Steel Side by...

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GE Monogram Ice Maker makes ice, unit doesn't cool enough


This model Icemaker makes ice by flowing water across a freeze plate. It is located in the top of the unit behind the white cover directly below the ON/OFF/CLEAN switches. After freezing a sheet of ice it releases and slides to the cutting grid. It then drops into the ice bin and begins to melt and the whole process starts over again. The level of ice in the bin is controlled by the high level sensor on the right side of the ice bin. It is a whit tube with two wires coming out of the top. Without this sensor it can overrun the bin capacity. Bottom line this unit does not freeze ice, it only holds it like cooler does.

Jun 03, 2009 | GE Monogram ZDI15C Automatic Icemaker

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