Re: Ice maker is making hollow ice cubes, some only half...
Most ice makers have an adjustment screw to control the cube size. Its usually hidden behind a plastic panel on the front of the ice maker. A quarter turn either way and some trial and error testing should get you pointed in the right direction to your ideal ice cube.
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I would guess that the freezer is turned down too low to give the water in the ice maker time enough to freeze solid before the action of the ice maker completes it's cycle. Turn the freezer thermostat up to max and see if this makes a difference. After checking, if the ice is frozen solid, then dial it back half way between where you had it set and max, then check again.
Sounds like a water valve problem. The hollow ice cubes are the giveaway. This means not enough water. only things it can be is the ice maker is not turning on the water valve long enough or the water valve is restricted or the water valve has been leaking and has frozen the fill tube. and is only leting out a small amount of water in this case as well you will still need a new water valve.
start with water valve and if that does not solve the problem you will need to replace the ice maker.
You need to replace the water inlet valve behind the refrig where the wall water line connects to on the refrig . This is caused by not enough water going into icemaker . Called " hollow cubes " condition .
It sounds like the icemaker is making hollow cubes , and the unfrozen water in the cubes , after dumping , freezes and causes the ice shells to stick togather . This is a sign of " not enough water going into the icemaker " . Replace the water inlet valve , behind the refrig , the piece the wall water line connects to , on the refrig .
your refrig has a built in bypass in the filter housing so yes it will work with out a filter in place. if you have not replaced your filter in the last 6 months that is likely the problem. Hollow cubes are usually a sign of not enough water getting into the icemaker then it cycles too fast and harvests hollow cubes.
when the hollow cubes fall into your bucket they bust and put water in with your cubes freezing them together. so by solving your water supply problem you'll solve most of your icemaking issues..