I've read that replacing a u-line icemaker unit requires removing alumalastic? What is alumalastic in a u-line icemaker? How do you remove it and is there any risk to damaging the unit when removing the alumalastic? Finally, how do you replace it? Where do you get it?
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Re: how to replace alumalastic in u-line icemaker
Not all U-lines have alumalastic under their icemaker. What model do you have? Alumalastic will come with the icemaker with directions on how to put it on. It's a caulking material that is spread under the icemaker to cover the heater and sensor tube. If you remove your icemaker you should see it if it needs it.
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Most likely cause is a blocked defrost drain line. The freezer has a defrost cycle which turns on a heating element below the evaporator to clear any built up frost or ice. This defrosted water should then drain through a plastic line to below the unit. Check for drained water in the drip pan or plastic moulded container over the compressor. If it is completely dry then follow the blocked drain line, clear it. If further assistance is required please provide details of What brand and Model your unit is? Hope this helps.
With the water running tube/pipe is cracked in between or its got loose from its fitting.First inspect the line for this problem.The tube from which water passes, one end is connected to the water valve at the back base of refrigerator.And then from valve two tube runs.One tube is for water dispenser and another tube is for ice chamber filling.Follow that tube from back of the refrigerator.The water dispenser tube That passes through the freezer door also.And the ice maker tube.That connects to the back of ice maker tray.The water fills in the tray.See if that tube is got loose and its not throwing water out instead of ice maker tray.Many a times this happens.--- May be you need to remove the ice maker to get exact location for tube setting and position.-----------
But if tubes from water and ice dispenser sections are fitted properly and then there can be crack in the tube.------------But if tubes checked out ok then other possibility can be faulty water fill grommet.-------
The grommet is cracked.And that is causing the leak.---------
Go to the back of the unit and remove the cover at the lower right of the unit. This is where the water line goes into your unit. Remove the water line at the solinoid that goes to your ice maker . This will allow you enough slack to remove the old water fill tube and replace it with the new one. You need to push the white retainers in to release the tubeing from the solenoids. ------------The part you need is called fill tube grommet.It has to be removed and replaced.The tube is connected to the grommet.Click this link below for more help:---http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-remove-ice-maker-fill-tube-from.html------------The other possibility for this leak, is water valve.The water valve close and open.When its open, it lets water to the tube.When it closes it stops water.But if the valve is not closing then it will let the water to enter non stop, slowly --- slowly the inside tube getw over filled and then starts leaking.------------The water valve is not required as per the problem.But if after doing all the repairing, still the same problem, noticed then water valve is required.Because is water valve is not closing properly, then it leaks some water, (drop by drop) and this can cause water to collect in the grommet and this gets formed into ice and the same leaking repeats.---------but at present dont buy water valve.Just keep an eye on this same problem.sometimes leaking will start after few days.In that case also replace water vale.------- Now for other parts, that are extension hose,icemaker tube and clamp.Out of this you will require clamps, sometimes while removing old tube the clamp gets cracked.you can buy this.The extension hose is required if the tube is getting short or actual hose is cracked in between.i dont think you will require extension hose at present.And for ice maker tube.This tube can also be cracked and cause leak.this tubes by time gets bit swollen and loose its grip.Its actually not required.But if you still replace it, that it will be good.--------so you can order clamp and icemaker tube with the grommet part.----------- The parts which you want to order, this is direct link for parts:--1. Dual Inlet Water Valve------------ (http://www.partselect.com/PS901314-GE-WR57X10051-Dual-Inlet-Water-Valve.htm) 2. Icemaker Water Line ----------(http://www.partselect.com/PS299643-GE-WR2X9245-Icemaker-Water-Line.htm) 3. Icemaker Fill Hose Extension ----------(http://www.partselect.com/PS298725-GE-WR2X7927-Icemaker-Fill-Hose-Extension.htm)
Remove the back of the unit, remove the water valve from under the unit without damaging the water line. trade the wires that connect the valves. depress the water selector at the dispencer. if you hear water flowing, replace the dual water valve. You have to achive 15 degrees to cycle the icemaker but in most cases you can lift the bar on the icemaker for 3 minutes and then lower it to cycle the icemaker. If you remove the front white cover from the icemaker , then force clockwise movement on the large cam, the icemaker will then cycle. It requires only a very small amount of force to start the movement. If it doesnt cycle, replace the icemaker. If both the icemaker cycles and the water valve operates,you will need to call a qualified tech to correct the temperature problem if 15 degrees is not achived.
What model is this? Is the unit leveled? DO you have flakes in the cubes? Is the fill tube pointing downward> there should be a clip that holds the filltube down. If all this is ok then remove the cover of the icemaker. Is the gears corroided? If so then I would recommend to replace the faceplate. This would change the motor 2 switches and the gears. Part #150 should fix it.
If your getting flakes then you need to replace the icemaker. If the fill tube clip is missing then you will need to replace this.
You have 2 screws on the side wall. 3 screws on the bottom of the mold. You will need to remove the back panel and unhook the wires and pull the sensor wire out from behind the icemaker. Sensor just sits in tube. Then go back in front and turn the icemaker towards the center. you will have to clean the alumalastic off. Where old cloths to do this.
I hope the helps you. Make sure the icemaker you have looks the same as the old one.
I doubt the mold would crack. Do you see flaking in the ice? Or remove front cover on icemaker and check to see if the gears are corroided. If so it might be the faceplate needs to be replaced. Now depending on your model to remove icemaker you have 3 screws there is 2 screws on the side wall. FIRST remove the back panel and pull the sensor tube out and also disconnect the wires for the icemaker. There will be alumalastic on the bottom of icemaker and it needs to be replaced when you remove the icemaker.
By replacing the faceplate you will correct 2 of possible problems. Part#150