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I have a model wcm45a. Its amkes ice in the tray

I have a model wcm45a. Its makes ice in the tray but will not dump the ice.It appears to be a timing problem as the previous onwer had taken it a part and not assembled it back together. could you help me with information how to alighn and time properly.Thanks in advance John @ skwsteam@hotmail.com

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Hello there:
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  1. Some older design ice makers used flat clear PLASTIC ice cube tray that twisted to release cubes. If this is your design, the trays often can buildup with minerals from the water supply and eventually become sticky and fail to drop the cubes. To test you can remove the ice cubes stuck in the tray, then try spraying the tray with PAM or grease it with margarine and let it run a cycle, allow a few hours. If the new batch of cubes released from the tray, replace the tray.
  2. If they didn't then your problem is with the ice maker module, it may not be advancing.
  3. Other design ice makers use a small heating element to slightly preheat the ice cubes prior to sweeping them into the ice bin. These heating elements rarely fail; more often it is the thermostat or control module.I have a model wcm45a. Its amkes ice in the tray - meter.gif
  4. The ice maker mold thermostat could not switch the heater on, make sure that it's cycling properly.
s a general description on how this works and what to check when it does not work ok

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