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.
Check to see whether the ice maker has been turned
off. Here's how to check. Look for a wire along the right side of the
ice maker that looks a bit like a coat hanger. If this wire is in the
raised position, the ice maker is turned off. On some units you simply
lower the wire to the down position to turn the ice maker on. On others,
you lower a small red plastic lever to lower the wire. If the wire is
in the proper position check the freezer temperature, it should be
between 0-8 degrees Fahranheit. If it is warmer than 10-12 degrees, the
ice maker may not produce any ice. Check your door seals and thermostat,
repair/replace as necessary.
Check the coils under the refrig , to make sure they are clean . If not clean , then please clean , and wait about a day . If still no ice , replace the ice maker . An ice maker will not harvest ( dump ) , unless it is 5 degrees . Dirty coils will make a freezer temp anywhere from 10 - 18 degrees , yet food will still be frozen , but ice maker will not work .
Pour about 2/3 cup of water into icemaker . If it freezes and dumps the cubes , replace the water valve ( the piece the wall waterline connects to on the fridge .). Also check the fill tube inside that fills the icemaker , to see if it is frozen solid . If so , then the water valve seeps and needs replaced . If the water freezes and does not dump , replace the icemaker . Check the coils below refrig , to make sure they are clean of dust , lint , pet hair , etc . An icemaker has to be 5 degrees to operate , and if the coils are not clean , that could bring the temp up to 6 or even higher .
Pour 1/2 cup of water into icemaker . If it dumps the cubes when frozen , then check the fill tube going into the icemaker , to see if it is frozen solid . If it is , remove and clean and replace water valve ( drip seeping ) . If not frozen , replace the wqter valve anyway . If the icemaker doesn't dump the cubes , and holds the frozen ice , replace the icemaker , after making sure the coils under fridge are free of dust , lint , pet hair etc.The icemaker needs to be 5 degrees to operate , and , dirty coils could bring the temp up to 6 or higher in the freezer section .
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.
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.
is there water in your icemaker.if so then its up to icemaker to do its part.frezer temps must be near 0 degrees.if no water in icemaker is the line in the back of the frezer frozen [top back where water passes thru frezer wall into frezer section.if its not frozen,am i then getting voltage to the water valve when the ice maker cycles.if not then icemaker is bad.if your ice bucket is on the door[whirlpool,kenmore]there are boards in the frezer section that can fail.i know that dosen't tell you what the problem is .but it does give you somthing to go on with.God bless ,tom
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.