Amana ARB8057CSR Bottom Freezer Ice Maker Arm is broken & stuck
The arm to control ice production broke where it attaches to the plastic little hole at the back part of the fridge. I looked into replacing that arm, but it looks like I need to replacet the entire ice maker unit (bummer). I delayed doing this as the arm still functioned despite not being secured at the back end. However, the arm now will not click to stay up or down and broke in the down position.............which means it WON'T STOP MAKING ICE !!!!!. I unplugged the power to the ice unit in the fridge but suspect I will fill up with water and so I will need to turn off the water to the refrigerator altogether.
Does anyone have a quick solution to this without having to replace the entire ice maker unit (which functions well)?
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Re: Amana ARB8057CSR Bottom Freezer Ice Maker Arm is...
If water still continues going to the Ice Maker unplug the pair of wires on the back of the refrigerator that send water up to the ice maker. Now I see I am a little late answering your post, because I just happened to run across it. I was not here when you first posted the problem. Just let me know if you still need help, Thanks Sea Breeze
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First, pull out the ice bin and eyeball the ice maker device behind it. See if the switch is turned on and the green light is lit. If it's blinking, that indicates "ice stuck in tray" and you'll have to take it out and thaw the whole contraption out. It's not that hard: unplug the giant molex connector on the right side and use a small hex wrench to unscrew the obvious screw holding it to the left side of the freezer wall. Then you can firmly pull the device up and out until it pops free from the notches where it sits in the back.
If there's ice stuck in the device, or if it's just not filling properly, let it sit out for a few hours until it warms up. Depending on the humidity conditions in your freezer, something could have frosted over.Check the swing arm on the bottom of the device. Despite the appearance as a bit of useless plastic, it has a magnet attached to an arm inside the main ice maker housing which allows the maker to tell if the arm is extended or pushed part ways in. Ice being make and pushed into the bucket depresses the swing arm when it falls and the arm returns to the extended position via a small spring mounted between it and the unit unless the ice maker is full. This spring has a habit of popping out of a tiny hole and not providing the force needed for the arm to return to "make more ice" position. Check that it pushes back at you if you depress it.
Hopefully one of these items you've checked wasn't working because they're all easy fixes. Reassemble and add it back to the freezer, making sure that the water dispenser in the back of the freezer leads INTO the ice maker, not BELOW it. This would cause a mess. Make sure the thing is plugged in again, and the green light is back on. If you're impatient about waiting for another ice cycle to start, depress the swing arm three times in a row. This should tell the ice maker to immediately dispense water and start a new cycle.
You will have to remove the ice maker. Usually 2 screws or clips on top and one screw on the bottom, as well as the plug that supplies the electrical power.
Since you'll need a new arm anyway, I would suggest you take the ice maker to any decent sized appliance parts house, and see if they'll pull the the old stub out and install a new control arm.
If that doesn't work, you'll need to replace the whole ice maker.
If you want to see if you can remove the stub yourself, unsnap the front cover. You'll see a semi-solid state type board. It is held in with 3 screws. Remove those, pull the board off, and inspect the area we are talking about. You might be able to get it out, but if not, go back to my first suggestion.
you are right the arm must be in the down pos to work properly . if it will not come down by pulling is down then the head is bad or some plastic arm inside the head is broken . in either case the head will have to be replaced .. the arm should easly be able to raise up and click in to pos and then down . mm
Hi, If your ice maker has stopped making ice then you need to check these things. The lever that controls the ice maker has been pushed
up which turns it off. If you have a red lever, pull it down to the
wire and if you just have a wire then just pull down the wire to start
your ice maker up. Make sure the freezer temperature is below 10 degrees
F If the freezer is too warm ice production will be poor because the
ice maker will not cycle properly. The ice maker fill tube may have ice formed in it,
blocking it. Use a hair dryer to melt the ice. Watch out for the
plastic parts, so that you do not melt the plastic. Also check the
water inlet valve and the shut off valve, to make sure it is not
plugged with debris. The openings in those valves are very small. Check the gears in the ice makers to see if they are
broken or stripped. Also look to see if the ice rake is broken. All
parts in the ice maker are replaceable individually, If you find broken
parts replace them.
In my Kitchen Aid bottom freezer there is a metal arm(?) that I lift up to stop the ice maker from making ice. When I start running low on ice, I push the metal arm(?) back down for it to make ice again. Hope this is the solution for your Kitchen Aid too.
well in order for me to hep i would need the info all number on the back of the frig and i assuming u mean the ice maker arm is broke off or just missing so yes u need to arm for the ice maker to work so if u get the info off of the back of the unit and u can prolly go to amana's web site and buy the peice from them and install it yourself if u are unsure on how to install it might try and go to www.diynetwork.com and search on there site how to replace the ice maker arm good luck
you can take out the screws that hold the ice maker to the freezer wall unplug the ice maker take off the front cover remove the four screws holding the motor module which is brown take that off and reattach the shutoff bail arm and reassemble. their is a gold forked metalpiece in there the bail arm has to be in that fork .or you can replace the ice maker