Freezer section not getting cold enough and ice maker doesn't make very many cubes.
Side-by-side 48" 1999 Kitchenaid unit with ice maker is not staying cold enough in the freezer, and doesn't make very many ice cubes. This has come on over the last year. Cleaned the coils on top as best I could, although they are packed together and couldn't get in there with a vacuum. They have a layer of dust - is it critical that they be clean? I've cranked the temp dial to the coldest with no luck. Dirty or freon? Thermostat or defrost timer?
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Re: Freezer section not getting cold enough and ice maker...
This could happen due to a lack of freon. this means the freon cycle is no longer sealed. a repair is rarely possible.
but more likely i think that the Thermostat did stop working properly.
my DIY solution would be to shortcut the thermostat to see wether te cooling works at all. if not, the freon or the pump is the problem and i would throw away that unit. If it cools then, i would replace the thermostat.
BUT: since you normaly have full outlet power on the terminals i do not advise you to touch anything. this is dangerous and could lead to serve injury or death.
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There is a heater built into the ice maker bottom to help release ice cubes from the machine. Under normal conditions the heater only come on when the ice maker starts to run and then jambs against the frozen cubes. When it stalls and jambs against the frozen ice cubes, the heater comes on to melt the cubes enough. I think you have a defective ice maker and the heater is coming on to much or at the wrong time, Since your temps go back to normal with the ice maker turned off, I am almost sure thats your problem.
It could be many things. My first guess would be the defrost. The coil that gets cold in your freezer builds ice on it and the only way to get the ice off is to run a heater near the coil long enough for the ice to melt. All freezers have something built in to defrost and domestic are typically just an electric heater on a timer. When your freezer stops working again, you may want to pull open the panel of your freezer and see if your coil (a heat exchanger that probably looks a lot like your car radiator) is covered in ice. If it is, it could be the timer or the actual heater that is bad.
Is the ice maker itself filling normally, meaning where the cubes are made gets enough water to cover the complete area or just a few slots? If not then check the fill tube where the water comes into the ice maker to make sure no ice has formed blocking the water from coming in. Now if ice production in general has slowed, going from every 45 minutes or so to like every 6 hours, then your machine more than likely isn't getting cold enough. The ice maker requires the temperature be at least 10 degrees F or below for it to function properly.
If you pull out your ice bucket and look on the bottom you will see a long
brass colored rod. Now, if you look inside your freezer section. you
will see the slot the rod enters each and every time you insert your ice maker
bucket. In the down position (normal) it produces crushed ice,
When you switch the lever in the front for ice cubes, there is a plunger
that lifts the rod and produces the combination that only allows ice
cubes to come out. I would first check the plunger behind the panel and
see if it is free.If it is not free it can cause the ice to be crushed...
Perhaps your freezer isn't set cold enough - or your freezer door seal is not sealing correctly and the ice cubes are melting in the bin and sticking to one another and the spiral screw that delivers the ice.
The dividing section should be warm, to keep unit from sweating. (by design). Cleaning under the refrigerator was what cooled it down. You cleaned the condenser. The condenser allows the refrigerent to cool down. When it was dirty, the condenser could not get enough air to cool down.
IF NO WATER IN ICE MAKER, CHECK FOR RESTRICTION IN FILL TUBE SUCH AS FROZEN OFF WITH ICE. REMOVE FILL TUBE AND RUN HOT WATER OVER IT TO MELT ICE IN TUBE.
WATCH FOR WATER COMING SLOWLY OUT PLASTIC FILL LINE ATTACHED TO TUBE ON BACK OF REFRIGERATOR.
IF WATER SLOWLY DRIPS OUT OF FILL LINE, REPLACE FILL VALVE( LOCATED WHERE HOUSE WATER LINE ATTACHES TO REFRIGERATOR.
IF ICE MAKER HAS WATER/ICE IN IT, PULL FRONT COVER OFF ICE MAKER TO ACCESS CONTROL HEAD. INSPECT LARGE WHITE GEAR ON FRONT OF CONTROL. IF THE RETAINING TAB IN THE CENTER IS BROKEN, REPLACE MODULE OR ENTIRE ICE MAKER. THERE SHOULD BE TWO
RETAINING TABS HOLDING THE GEAR IN PLACE.
THE FREEZER TEMP NEEDS TO BE A MINIMUM OF 10 DEGREES FOR THE ICE MAKER TO CYCLE. IF THE FREEZER TEMP IS NOT COLD ENOUGH WE WILL NEED TO FIND OUT WHY.