I've received the ice enclosure (PS109031) and I'm ready to put everything back together. (I was able to disconnect the wire harness from the back wall without much difficulty). Now I could finish the job in a few minutes, except for the fact that I cannot get the ice dispenser yoke off the drive shaft of the auger drive motor. I need to do that so that the motor stays inside the enclosure and only the drive shaft shows through the hole on the enclosure. The dispenser yoke is then attached to the protruding shaft.
I have lubricated the shaft with WD-40 to see if the dispenser yoke can be unscrewed but to no avail. I have used robo grip pliers to hold the shaft in place, while I tried to unscrew the yoke, but still it wouldn't budge... Any suggestions?
If I cannot liberate the yoke, in order to save the motor, I can try to cut it out with a metal hacksaw, but it's not going to be easy because the dispenser yoke is made of heavy metal, maybe steel. (I hate to encounter this type of problem when everything was going so well). Appreciate your help.
I think this manual should be relevant to your fridge. Page 61 I think will give what you are looking for much better than I may be able to describe, let me know if it is still being a problem as I suspect the pressure that keeps the yoke on is what you are having problems with. http://www.servicematters.com/maytag_library/docs/16010154.pdf
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According to your user's manual, "If water flow to the ice maker or dispenser decidedly decreases or if an objectionable taste or
odor returns,change the filter sooner than
"Leave the refrigerator door open while removing and installing filters or plugs; this will prevent water
from flowing through the system and running into
the fresh food compartment.
• A newly installed water filter cartridge may cause
water to temporarily spurt from the dispenser" Automatic ice maker not operating
the stop arm in OFF (up) position
•the water supply turned off
•the water pressure too low
•the freezer too warm Ice dispenser not operating
ice jam in the dispenser
•ice maker not operating
• lock switch on (see page 11) Water dispenser not operating
water supply turned off
• water pressure too low
• lock switch on (see pg. 11
To locate an authorized service company in your area,contact the Maytag dealer from whom your appliance was purchased; or call Maytag
Appliances Sales Company,Maytag Customer Assistance at the number listed below. Should you not receive satisfactory warranty service,please
call or write:
Maytag Appliances Sales Company
P.O. Box 2370
Cleveland,TN 37320-2370 U.S. 1-800-688-9900 CANADA 1-800-688-2002 U.S. customers using TTY for deaf,hearing impaired or speech impaired,call 1-800-688-2080.
If you look at the bottom out side area of the ice cube bucket/auger assembly, you will see a metal rod going front to back. That is the shift rod for cubes/crushed ice. Make sure it is free. Then look at the back of the refrigerator where the end of that rod goes into a square hole. There is a magnetic solenoid in that hole that shifts the rod for selection. The solenoid coil is either bad, unplugged, or for some reason stuck and not shifting that rod. That's where the problems is located.
Defrost problem: 3 components. Defrost Heater. Timer (circuit board or motorized) & Thermostat. Remove cover on the inside back wall (usually 6 screws). Note frost pattern. (bottom of evaporator coil) Put refrigerator into defrost cycle and note the defrost heater come on, or not. (careful heater can glow red hot)... Unplug Frige and test defrost components. Replace bad component... Refrigerator should defrost every 8 hours. when the cycle slows or quits the freezer will freeze over the evaporator coil and no air flow = no cold air...
Replace that microswitch for the dispenser lever. It might not be a separate switch though, it may be part of the control board for the dispenser module. disconnect power to the fridge, remove the dispenser cover to expose the wiring, etc., determine what the lever actuates when depressed, and it will likely be the microswitch separate from the board.
I have a Maytag model 2556 AE refridgerator. The ice maker works but the ice and water dispenser, the light and everything else on the front of the unit doesn't work. Is there a fuse that operates this or is there other problems? Thank you Bob
sounds like either the dispenser motor is bad or the dispenser yoke is stripped. remove the bucket from the freezer. you will see a u shaped yoke in the rear of the disp area. this should be fairly hard to turn by hand if it turns easily then the motor gears are bad if the yoke slips on the motor shaft then you have a stripped yoke. hope that helps. peyton...
I have the same Maytag refrigerator that you have and I faced the same problem with the ice enclosure. I have now replaced it. As to the problem of separating the yoke from the motor, you'll have to turn the yoke clockwise in order to liberate it. In my case, after holding the motor shaft with a pair of pliers, I had to tap the yoke with a hammer once or twice on a clockwise direction before the yoke became free.
In view that more than 2 months have elapsed since you posted the question, you probably have solved the problem long time ago. If you haven't, I hope you find this tip helpful.