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Ice cubes stick to tray and motor can not push them out!

Everything seems to be maechanically functional, but when the cubes freeze in the try they seem to be stuck to the tray and the motor can not push them out. The motor must have a clutch or something because it starts to click. I removed the ice maker and removed the main gear that turns the ejecting aparatus so that it is free tur turn with out the motor involved. It spins frely until it gets to the ice cubes but I can not break the ice cubes free even with a pair of pliers, so I do not feel like it is a problem with the motor. If I put a little water in the tray they come right out. I tried to turn down the temperature of the freezer but that did not help either. Is there a coating or something that is worn out that is causing it to stick (it appears to be in good shape, clean and brown plasic or teflon) or is there something else I am missing here? Should I just buy a replacement ice maker unit even though it apperas to be working mechanically?

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  • harpo459 Dec 23, 2008

    is the heater the silver u-shaped tube that runs under the ice cube tray? I thought that was the freeze element.



    seems like a hard thing to troubleshoot. the connector has 4 wires and would be difficult to make any measurements there since it would have to be plugged in.

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Same thing here. The ice maker works fine, but ice cubes get stuck to tray and don't fall out when dumped. Then the new water fills up in the tray and just runs over the cubes still in it.
I read in the manual to periodically rinse the tray with vinegar & water to wash away any mineral deposits that build up from your water. I did that and it allowed the ice to be dumped 3-4 times, but then it was sticking again.
Anything that I could use to wash it out with or coat it with that would be longer lasting?

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Icemakers typically have a little heater element in them that turns on to release the ice. You will likely have to replace the unit if you can't isolate and replace that part.

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What it is the heater that goes on the ice maker tray is not working properly. Possibly the contact are not making a good cotact or not coming on correctly.

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