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Re: water to my ice maker freezes in metal tube
ON MOST ICE MAKERS, THERE IS A LARGE WHITE GEAR ON THE FRONT OF THE ICE MAKER BEHIND THE COVER.
THIS GEAR HAS CIRCUIT TRACES ON IT THAT WILL BURN THE PLASTIC FROM ARCING FUSING THE WATER FILL CIRCUIT TO ANOTHER ONE CLOSE TO IT. THIS WILL CAUSE THE FILL TIME TO TRIPLE FROM THE 7 SECONDS TO ABOUT 20 SECONDS. THIS WILL OVER FILL THE ICE MAKER AND POUR DOWN INTO THE ICE BIN. THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO REPLACE THE CONTROL MODULE OR THE ENTIRE ICE MAKER.
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The water line to your unit may need to be replaced. Check how fast water comes out of the dispenser. If it's trickling out or takes 30 seconds to fill the glass, you have poor water pressure to the unit and it's causing the fill tube to freeze.
There is a possibility that the water valve isn't closing completely leaving just enough space for a drop or two of water to make its way and freeze in the tube, but more than likely the fill tube is a plastic one and little divots have formed retaining water and freezing up. These divots may not even be visible to the ***** eye. A good solution is to switch to a rubber fill tube which is less likely to have this problem.
You can thaw the frozen water with a hair dryer but to stop this from happening the water control valve may be the reason for this to happen. When the ice maker calls for water to refill it is timed. If the water control valve located on the rear of your refrigerator is not closing all the way for the ice maker side it causes the water to freeze in the tube because it slowly flow to the ice make just enough to seal the fill tube.
Thanks and let me know what you find, Sea Breeze
Try swapping the wires on the dual water inlet valve. Then
try the water dispenser. The water should go to the ice maker. This will tell
you weather or not the ice maker valve is working and if the line is clear.
The water inlet valve on the back of unit opens when the ice
maker needs water. If the valve doesn't seal good because of sediment or wear
it will continue to drip and when the water reaches the ice maker supply tube
it will freeze.You can take the water
line off the valve and watch to see if it drips.
If the fill tube gets choked up with ice, it usually means that the water fill solenoid valve is leaking. The valve is not closing properly and is dribbling water. If the leakage is slow enough, water may freeze in the fill tube. Over time it will freeze the tube completely shut.
If the fill tube gets choked up with ice, it usually means that the water fill solenoid valve is leaking. The valve is not closing properly and is dribbling water. If the leakage is slow enough, water may freeze in the fill tube. Over time it will freeze the tube completely shut. or it could be that the ice maker is not level.
Likely that the water supply tube to the icemaker is frozen. It will be a white rubber tube on the right side of the icemaker. Warm it with a hair dryer, remove it from its aluminum tubing, and make sure there is no ice all the way back to where the supply tube comes from the water valve. After thawing, your icemaker should start working again.
Now..... why did it freeze? Most likely, there is a restricted airflow to the back of the unit, which is need to keep that aluminum supply tube just warm enough to assure all the water flow OUT of it into the icemaker, and doesn't freeze up on contact. Make sure your coils and the airspace under the fridge are completely clean (vacuuum them well) and it should cure the problem.
The units not getting enough water pressure to keep the water flowing fast enough not to flash freeze in the fill tube. You will have to check the water supply valve on the plumbing and the back of the unit to see witch on needs cleaned out or replaced.
sounds as if your water inlet valve is not closing fast enough allowing a small amoutn of water to accummulate in fill tube freezing and eventually freezing solid, would try replacing water inlet valve, or even the water filter if this model is so equipped