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Ice machine just hums

I just got an old ice machine (for free). I plugged it in and it turns on but nothing happens but it hums. If you push the ''clean cycle button'' you hear it click or try to cycle or something. We didn't have it hooked up to an actual water source, but just some tubing into a bucket. I just didn't know it would even turn on. What is the best way to test an ice machine and how can I tell if it works? I don't get the feeling that it's completely broken, but I don't quite know where to start.

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    Mike Smith May 11, 2010

    This might be a little difficult question to answer . First , the model number is needed . Remove the front lower panel , and plug in . Are the front coils clean ? Do the front coils get hot eventually ? If they do , this means the compressor is working . You will need to remove the heat wire cover and the cutting grid asembly . Pour (spray) water into the white busket inside . Do you see the water being pumped over the aluminum plate , above the bucket ? If you do , then the pump(recirculating) is good . If not running over the plate , pump is bad . If water runs out the bottom , plug is missing . If you would care to reply back to this thread with the answers to these questions , either myself or another expert will gladly help you go deeper into a repair of this order .



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First off, you cannot use a bucket of water and a line to get the ice machine to operate. Ice makers don't have a suction pump in them, they rely on having a water supply line with pressure to push the water into the machine.

You can connect the machine to a water line and see if it will cycle, that is, take water into the unit without leaking.

Beyond that, in order to check out the unit, you will need to provide the Brand and model number in order to find a user's manual, which will provide all the details on operation and installation for it.

The good news is you might have a nice ice machine for free.

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Posted on Sep 09, 2009


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