1. I am getting black spots in the ice cubes. 2. The part that moves the ice to the door locks up sometimes. 3. The ice maker has a slow leak and freezes on food in the freezer. Also when we try and get water no water comes out of the door but water does leak out the back of the refrigerator.
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Re: 1. I am getting black spots in the ice cubes.
Multiple probems you have my friend the black in the cubes is the telfon coating on the mold of the imkr and the best thing to do is replace the complete icemaker then this will solve the leak issue as well the mold is cracked and for the some how the 1/4'' tube has sprung a leak pull away from wall take off the back panel and have some one try to get water from the dispenser then you find the leak then its off to the menards to buy a plastic 1/4'' push connector about 5.00 once you got the coupling shut off the water to the tube that goes to the frig once done use a razor to cut the bad part of the tube (don't use sissors or ****to cut tube it will squeeze the tube and not allow it to seal properly in you new coupler you just bought) then after you cut off the bad part out just push into the coupler it will go in to the coupler about 1/4'' into the coupler install the other side turn water back on and test again...... congrat's you fix it but your not done unplug the frig get your vacuum and clean the dust bunnies out of the rear of the unit once done plug back in and make sure you see the fan blade turn freely and nothing is holding it up did it turn ............. ok then put back on and push the frig back to the wall allow at least 2'' away from the wall
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I would pat myself on the back a couple more days... and let the whole fringe get better (settle & wash out).
Just an errant thought...but if you have a water filter on your water supply I'm thinking I would rather know WHAT those spots were...
I'm thinking CHARCOAL (meaningless/harmless).
No FILTER = IRON OXIDE...
Means you have an advanced case of copper directly connected to steel pipe causing ELECTROLYSIS...
Find it fast or make sure your insurance is up to snuff.
I would capture a sample and test with a magnet
Some manufacturers suggest you toss the first load of cubes and go for it...
I have a few ideas for things to try. On the bottom of the ice cube holder I believe there is a spring loaded metal rod that runs from the front of the freezer to a little indentation in the back of the freezer. Inside this indentation there is a small plastic piece that can move up and down to rotate the metal rod. Make sure this metal rod is free to rotate. Sometimes it gets stuck in one position. The position of the plastic piece inside the indent in the rear of the freezer is controlled by a solenoid which is controlled by the buttons on the front of the door for cube or crushed. Close all the doors and push the cube button. Open the freezer door and remove the entire ice cube tray. Reach to the back of the freezer and make sure the little plastic piece inside the indent will move up and down easily. You want it to be in its down position. Re-insert the ice cube tray. The metal rod should fit easily into the indent in the back of the fridge. Now close the door and see if you can get cubes. If this doesn't work I suspect the solenoid that moves the little plastic piece may need to be replaced. I hope this helps you out.
If you prefer ONLY cubes , remove the ice bin and 1 or 2 screws hold the long rod attached to the bin . Without this rod , you'll only get cubes . With the bin removed , the square hole where the rod inserts in the rear freezer wall , you'll see a square , white , plastic "gate" . Asolenoid with a plunger , raises this gate for cubed ice and keeps it lowerer for crushed ice . Usually this "gate" plunger , rusts , thereby replaceing the solenoid and plunger would have to be done . Without the rod on the bin , the inner flap would open automatically , dispensing cubed ice .
remove the ice cube tray assy, remove all the ice, save the cubes, wash the assy with warm water dry the assy, be sure the lever in the rear of this ice cube assy is moving and spring loaded, move the lever and it should snap back and return if so you know the unit is ok(the cube assy), now with the assy still out of the freezer close the freezer door and select crushed ice and push the pad where the glass normally hit to activate the ice cubes,if the operates and you here a thump and snap and hum most likely your ok,if not you could have a defective auger motor assy,but if you here all the sounds as decribed oped the freezer door and select cubed ice push actuator on despensor door with the freezer door closed, reopen and install the ice cube assy tray bucket assy,push it in firmley, and try it with some ice in the bucket you should be fine,if not replace auger motor assy..
this could be the:
door switch (usually 2 switches, 1 for the light and 1 for the dispenser)
auger motor itself
the dispenser switch
or the plug near the hinge that connects the door the the refrigerator has a bad connection. this connection is hidden under a plastic hinge cap usually.
You may not need to replace the solenoid. If you hear the hum, and not a loud click and don't see then rod move, it may be frozen with ice. Test it manually with your hand, it should be free to move up and down. If not, then it is frozen with ice. Remove the ice dispenser and let it thaw and dry out. You should then be able to move to rod and it will work fine, at least until it freezes again. Anyone know how to prevent it from freezing up? Its a continual problem for me
First pull out the ice bucket and close the door. Set for cubed ice. Press the button for ice to come out and listen for a loud clunk noise. That is the sound of the solenoid. You can open the door, hold the light switch and press the button and watch for the solenoid moving up and down. Solenoid is at the back of the freezer in a little square opening where the rod on the ice bucket goes into. If that solenoid is moving ok then put the bucket back in while the solenoid is in the down position and cubes should work. If solenoid is not working then it will need to be replaced. Let me know what you find.