I have had this unit for about two years. About every 4 months I have to thaw outthe icemaker unit. The last two times the drain tray was froze solid. There seems to be a heater cord in the tray and one taped under the tray. It looks lie the one that is under it was added later. I put my hand on the heater cord to see if it was hot. I didnot feel any heat from either one of them. The condenser light is flashing, but the condenser is clean. Not sure what my next move is?
Side note, the ice dispenser button does not work. when pushed nothing happens. I have to get ice from the bulk dispenser.
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Had Numerous similar problems for about a year, No ice in either the top or the bottom trays and the bottom leaked into the bottom of the freeze.
First thing I did was install a pump onto the water line supplying water to the ice maker inlet, thinking the water pressure was low. The pump hasn't run since I installed it six months ago so the water pressure is fine. Second I replaced the solenoid assembly thinking I had a bad unit. Still same issues.
Finally as a last resort I decided to bypass the water filter. Now both the top and the bottom ice makes more ice than I know what to do with.
It's easy to do my just using the hose couplers that are mounted on the water lines.
Second thing I did was install a 1" piece of 3/4 clear hose (available from any big box hardware store), cut the bottom end at a 40 degree angle an slid it over the fill tube going into the ice maker tray on the bottom unit. In my case the tube was just a tad too short. Be careful forcing in onto the existing fill tube as I think you can actually push it up further into the freezer housing. I don't think it's mounted very well on the inside. The tube should just be long enough to make it past the lip of the fill tray.
Last thing I did was reset the refrigerator to factory settings. I found that if I made the freezer too cold the fill water would freeze eventually coming out of the fill tube.
The issue is likely that the icemaker fill tube is frozen due to poor water pressure. You can use a turkey baster to thaw this tube which fills the icemaker. Make sure you use plenty of hot water because they often freeze back several inches!
poss answer is drain hole/vent blocked,as unit auto defrosts water/vapour collects at bottom and when unit swiches back on it freezes,poke out drain with thin wire with a small piece of cloth dipped in clorine bleach or blow out with air hose.do not use hot water to manually defrost/ clean drain holes every 6 months
switch off machine. open doors an manually defrost.clean any filters/drain holes(wire is not heated,pull/push to clean pipe)dry as best you can.switch on again.it is best to manually defrost any unit every 6 months and if temp edjustable adjust to -20c for optimum economy.water to icemaker is not important on 601f but is on some others.be carefull
i think its not the frz drain hole blocking up but a fault with the defrost tray heater. the tray heater should keep the defrosted frost as water to drain away. it sounds as though the tray heater is not working therefore letting the water freeze as it is escaping thorough the drain hole. i would check this out by defrosting the unit and inserting a flexi rod into the otherside of the drain hole (above the compressor usually) and after clearing it if it freezes up again check out the defrost/heater system.
GO TO THE FREEZER PORTION OF THE FRIG.YOU NEED TO TAKE THE ICEMAKER OUT AND REMOVE THE BACK PANEL WHERE THE EVAPORATER FAN IS .RIGHT UNDER THE COIL YOU WILL SEE A DRAIN ,WHEN YOUR FREEZER GOES ON DEFROST THE WATER GOES DOWN THE DRAIN AND INTO A PAN THAT SITS ON TOP OF THE COMPRESSOR.THE HEAT FROM THE COMPRESSOR EVAPORATES THE WATER.THE DRAIN IN THE FREEZER IS PROBABLY CLOGGED OR FROZEN OVER WITH ICE AND THATS WHY THE WATER IS GOING ELSEWARE.REMOVE ALL THE ICE FROM AROUND THE DRAIN.IF THERES A ROD THAT GOES DOWN THE DRAIN FROM THE DEFROST ELEMENT THATS SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE DRAIN FROM ICING UP ,IN ANY CASE THE DRAIN IS CLOGGED OR ICED UP.UNCLOG THE GRAIN AND YOU WILL BE GOOD TO GO.
Remove the back liner and wall (more details on this below if you need them) to expose the iced up drain line (only 1) on the right side center inside the aluminum drain pan (Directly behind the bottom right side vent that goes into the freezer compartment). Thaw it out so that it will allow water to drain off (slow way -turn off unit for hours, not quite so slow - spoon in hot water - use towels to keep as much of the water from running into the lower freezer)
When the drain is clear and water is draining freely, take light qauge copper wire (t-stat or low volt) and feed it down the drain approx 3 - 4 feet and then wrap the end of it tightly around the heavy defrost bar located just above the the drain hole (this bar resembles an oven element or dishwasher heater element and circles the entire freezer coil). Put several tight wraps on it. This will transfer some of the heat from the defrost cycle down into the drain line and hopefully solve your problem.
If the coils are totally iced up you may have a defrost cycle problem and if so this solution won't work)
reinstall all liners and wiring and you're done
removing the back wall (if you are unsure)
take of plate located at upper left side of the back wall (2 short screws) to expose the wire harness- separate the main connectors)
remove the 6 fasteners attaching the back metal liner wall (4 long & 2 short - the short ones go to outside lower holes) . and remove
the bottom plastic liner tray (just lifts out) and the short plastic base wall at the back bottom of the compartment ( it may be iced in and hard to remove- be careful)
remove the stryofoam insulating liner. Again it may be iced in and frozen to the unit so be careful and if necessary use warm water to thaw it out.
This will expose the inner liner wall and the lower drain pan and line. If you see that the bottom of the coils are iced up you may want to remove the inner liner and defrost the coils but this it not usually the case and you can leave it in place.
Again, if the coils are totally iced up you may have a defrost cycle problem and if so this solution won't work)
press and hold the "Bell" looking symbol for 15 sec on the control panel release it the vacuum conder lite should go out. the heater on the icemaker is only engaged when the icemaker is cycling it truns on to soften the ice so it can be removed when the fingers spin around