Question about Refrigerators
After an outage of power our ice maker has stopped working. It feels like there is still ice in the tray but it is not dropping into the bin. I have tried to turn it off for a while then back on but that did not work. Everything seems to be working fine with the fridge apart from that. The water dispenser still provides sufficient water with pressure. Please help.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The auger does not have the strength to do it's job when a lot of ice is in the way. You can defrost the icemaker with a blow dryer. It will be messy so be ready with lots of towels or a mop.
Once the unit is dry, spray the auger with PAM or some similar cooking spray. Then let it recycle.
You can temporarily prevent more fresh water from entering the ice maker by simply moving the wire arm to the up position
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
I just fixed my daughter's frig with the same problem. The gear of both the box and the ice holder got water in the gear box and froze. This did not allow the gears to mesh and turn the auger. Clean the ice from both sides of the gears and try it. Works great now.
Posted on May 02, 2009
Nice explanation. Should join the club
Only two possibilities.
1. The water valve in the back failed.
2. A common occurance, is the water valve will leak a small amount even though not energized.
That water will flow down the fill tube but freeze before exiting the tube, and over an extended period, freeze a plug in the fill tube.
Inspect carefuly and be extremely cautious using heat. Lots of plastic and vinyl to be destroyed using a heat gun or hair dryer.
If that's the case, then clean it out, and check.
However, you still must replace that valve since the tiny leak could turn into a monster overnight or when your away.
Saw one of those create $18,000.00 damage to a house. Water under pressure is a dangerous animal.
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
The fix to your problem is to remove the ice, warm up the tray with a hair blow dryer and thoroughly dry it. Then spray it with PAM cooking spray which is an edible lubricant. After that dries, turn on the ice maker again and the ice will dispense. Joe
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
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