No water flowing over freezing plate on my Whirlpool EC5100XT
I have an EC5100XT Whirlpool Ice maker. The freezing plate seems to be getting cold and the cutter is heating up the scavenger pump is pumping. I replaced the valve and made sure the water was turned back on but I don't have any water running over that freezing plate. Any ideas? I did use some electronic parts cleaner to clean the contacts on connector that connects to the new valve. It looked a little corroded but not very badly corroded.
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Re: No water flowing over freezing plate on my Whirlpool...
I've got one of these too, and good luck with it in the future.
Is the pump running in the back of the unit?
Is there water in the reservoir a the back of the unit?
If the pump is running, and there is water in the reservoir, there is a plastic manifold that runs across the top back of the evap plate. If can be removed and cleaned, which there is a series of holes in the plastic manifold that will clog with mineral salts that precipitate.
If there is not water in the sump, and the water is on, and you've changed the water valve, you need to make sure the unit has had time to go through one or more full ice making cycles in order to turn the water valve back on in the cycle sequence, which will fill the reservoir.
The pump should run anytime the compressor is running except when the unit is in ice harvest mode.
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Suspect that the rubber boot that runs all around the edge of your freezer door is deformed, allowing warm air to seep into your freezer. You will see where your temp sensor is located by clicking into the site of a parts supplier like ShopJimmy.com and pulling up their photo of the guts of your unit.
When a refrigerator slows down ice production it is usually the result of poor air-flow through the evaporator coils. The poor air-flow is due to ice build up on the evaporator coils. The ice build up happens because the unit is not defrosting properly or the evaporator fan is not running at full speed.
To answer your question "Can an Ice-maker tube freeze?" Yes, they can and do freeze but when they do freeze that is caused by a defective inlet water valve that is leaking water by when it is supposed to be shut off. It can freeze if some one set the temp control to MAX cold. Additionally when they do freeze and the Ice-maker cycles the plastic hose on the back of the unit pops out of the ice maker tube and each cycle starts porting ice maker fill water on the floor.
This may sound odd.. but. Perform a manual defrost by removing the freezer contents and directing a fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. (Makes a water mess so do not leave it unattended) The return the unit to normal service and after 8 hours start watching the amount of ice produced. (Should be normal for 2 days!) If after 2 days the ice production slows again you have an automatic defrosting problem that is causing the ice build up on the evaporator coils.
If you need any more assistance please include your complete model number in any future responses.
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. ICE MAKER NOT GETTING WATER Try swapping the wires on the dual water inlet valve. It's on the back where the water supply comes in. 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 blocking the fill tube.. You can take the water line off the valve and watch to see if it drips.
A strainer before the inlet valve can also get stopped up restricting flow.
Are you getting ice? It seems like my brand-new electrolux does not produce cold water unless it is producing ice as well. We had to adjust the auger in the ice tray to start getting ice ... seems like our water is now getting colder.
The red light should flash twice , pause then flash twice constantly . If you close the flap on the left side , then the light should go off . This shows the optics (ice maker cut off ) are good .
Check the black tube ( fill tube ) , which puts water into the ice maker , to see if it is iced inside . If so , then the water valve behind the refrig is bad . It seeps into the tube and freezes , blocking the water flow .
Pour about 2/3 cup of water into the ice maker . If it freezes and dumps , then the water valve needs replaced . If it doesn't dump , and stays frozen in the ice maker , replace the ice maker . Also , make sure the coils under the front of the refrig are clean , as this will cause warmer temp in the freezer and the ice maker needs 5 degrees to operate .
The amount of ice is not dependent upon water flow, well as long as you do have flow, when enough water is in the maker it will shut off the supply.....ice quantity is dependent upon the length of the freezing cycle, the shorter the cycle the more harvests per hour. Adjust the timer so that you get complete freezing, but just barely