My icemaker has worked fine but all of a sudden stopped working. Ice is in the maker, fully frozen. The temp is right at 0-3 degrees F. I know that water is still flowing through the line to the door water outlet, so I assume the ice maker can get water as well (they are the same line off of the filter). The motor to eject from the storage bin works fine (I know, that's not the same motor that ejects the ice from the maker, but for what it's worth).
I saw in another post someone suggested taking the cover off of the gear box and tapping the gears. I did that with no effect. I have tried putting the ice arm up, waiting, then putting it back down... again, with no effect.
Help! Any suggestions???
Not one to give up on a problem, I double checked my stuff and found 2 things:
First, I realized I responded to a different thread with gave a different model number than mine (close enough I think, but still different). Mine is an FRS26ZRFW3.
Second, I tested my freezer thermometer out and found that it was off by 15 degrees, on the low side. So my temp was actually closer to 18 degrees.
I've turned the freezer to a colder setting and am waiting for it to stabalize before seeing if it affects the icemaker. Even so, given that ice has been made in the recent past, I question whether a colder temp will change anything. We'll see...
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Re: "stuck" ice maker
Bunyan, the problem is in your ice maker control module. There's a thermostat in there that regulates power to the harvest motor. When it is satisfied (at the right temp to harvest ice) it closes allowing power to the motor to continue harvest.
The safest repair for this is to replace the complete ice maker assembly, part#1129316 (~$125.00). If you feel up to the task, you can disassemble the control module and replace just the thermal cutout, part#3206319 (~$15.00)... but this is not recommended. The part (#1129316) I provided for the entire ice maker is an upgrade to what you currently have. I highly recommend this route.
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More thatn likely, being thats an older model, you are low on freom and the temperature isn't cold enough for the icemaker to keep constant production up. You maybe thinking the freezer is fine because stuff is frozen in there but that is why most people don't catch the problem until they lose all their food. The temperature for the icemaker to even come on is 10 degrees F. The sub zero freezer temperature should be around 0. Check your settings and make sure they are turned down but I would get a thermometer and put in the freezer and check to see what it says. If its above 5 degrees F check your condensor coils to make sure they are clean and also see it the condensor fan is running. If dirty, clean the coils and see if the temperature drops, if not call a service company.
The laser , is supposed to blink . This laser , tells the icemaker to stop making ice , when the bin is full . Pour about 2/3 cup of water into the icemaker . If it doesn't dump the cubes into the bin , the icemaker is bad . Or , if there is ice in the bin , which hasn't dumped , the icemaker is bad . If the icemaker dumps the ice ( from water pour ) , then look above the fill cup , and see if the black fill tube is frozen . If so , then replace the water valve and turn the freezer temp down slightly . It will take several days for this fill line inside freezer to thaw . If icemaker dumps , and black tube NOT frozen , replace the water valve . The valve , is where the wall water line connects to on the refrig .
If there is ice in the tray but the harvest arm is not pushing them out; either the heater is not warming the cubes fore removal or the temp sensor is not telling the harvest arm to function. Usually this requires the ice maker to be replaced. Also the freezer must be at least 15 degrees or less.
Ice maker must be on(arm up) .If the ice maker is turning and not getting water probably the solenoid valve is bad or the line between the valve and the ice maker is broken or frozen, if its frozen the valve is leaking and needs to be replace.For the ice maker to work the freezer must be working fine (freezing )But if everything is ok and the ice maker still dead(not turning) check if it's plugged in,right behind it and if this is ok the ice maker inside board is bad ,but replacing it is probably better to get a new one.
first check the tube running to the ice maker where the water flows in see if it is frozen if not take the cover off the ice maker front and see if the little tabs in the middle of the gear is broken there are two one might be broken off
If your trying to save a service call you have your work cut out for you. The ice maker is a unit that sits by itself attached to the wall or part of the freezer wall.
There are many reasons why you do not get ice and I will list them.
1- Temp of freezer got too cold and has frozen the pipe that feeds the water to fill the icemaker. check to see if the icemaker has any ice in the area that fills and makes the cubes. If the pipe is clogged, very gently put a small tipped screw driver in the fill hose that sites over the ice making row in the ice maker. Be careful you do not push your screwdriver out the back of the refer. Check to see the freezer temp is not too cold and is freezing that pipe. 0-3 degrees F is good.
2.- check to make sure your water feeding the fridge is on. There is an on off valve to allow the water to feed the icemaker when it needs to fill. This could be bad. there are reset proceedures for the fridge, but unplugging the entire frige for 1 minute and plugging it back in you can listen for the the valve to come on and see if it fills the ice maker resevoir.
3. If it fills and freezes the ice resevoir, then the sensor in the ice tray does not sense the frozen ice and will not cycle and kick cubes. At this point, unless you are super tech, you will need to replace the entire icemaker unit.
Ice makers use a small heating element to release the ice from the mold tray..sounds like that isn't working and everything else is. Check to make sure all electrical connectors coming from the ice maker are properly seated into their mating connectors. If that doesn't solve your problem, you may be better serevd by just replacing the entire icemaker assembly.. Hope that helps...
pull the front cover off of the icemaker and see if the drive gear is broken (there are 2 tabs in the center of the gear make sure these arent twisted or broken as well) if so replace the module on the fron of the icemaker. if that checks fine check for frozen fill line..
The only thing I can think of is your icemaker heater is staying on. When your icemaker goes into a harvest mode, (dumping ice and then re-filling with water) there is a "U" shaped heater (located on the under side of the icemaker) that comes on to release the frozen cubes from the icemaker mold. If this heater is continuously hot, it will cause temperatures in the freezer to rise.