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Re: our ice maker is not working. it will make some
Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly. It sounds like your icemaker is really acting up. Odd shaped cubes, and leaking water.
First thing is to disconnect the plastic water line from the icemaker on the back of the freezer. Then rotate the retangular head about 30 deg and pull out the rubber tube. Wash it but do not scrub it. Then reinstall it and reconnect the plastic tubing.
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Ice makers spray cold water upward into cube shaped trays that freeze the water almost instantly upon contact . Then when you press the ice dispenser a heater comes on that releases the ice cubes from the metal trays. If it is very old replacement probably a good option.
3 beeps means freeze cycle too long. usually it's a stuck float or a water valve leaking most all the time. A low refrigerant level, weak compressor, bad TXV, or a leaking hot gas valve are usually secondary issues but not very common. In rare cases, the evaporator plates can separate from the refrigeration tubes. look at evap plates at the bottom and top and see if they are bowed or odd shaped.
if the product is frozen in the barrle for sure then you have a bad micro switch that is telling the compressor to keep running, but that product would be super frozen and come out in the shape of the barrel. if it is the consistancy of ice cream then your pump gasket might be bad and not properly pressurizing your barrel and giving you the impression of a frozen barrel.
When a refrigerator slows down ice production it is usually the result of poor air-flow through the evaporator coils. The poor air-flow is due to ice build up on the evaporator coils. The ice build up happens because the unit is not defrosting properly or the evaporator fan is not running at full speed.
To answer your question "Can an Ice-maker tube freeze?" Yes, they can and do freeze but when they do freeze that is caused by a defective inlet water valve that is leaking water by when it is supposed to be shut off. It can freeze if some one set the temp control to MAX cold. Additionally when they do freeze and the Ice-maker cycles the plastic hose on the back of the unit pops out of the ice maker tube and each cycle starts porting ice maker fill water on the floor.
This may sound odd.. but. Perform a manual defrost by removing the freezer contents and directing a fan into the freezer compartment for just over 2 hours. (Makes a water mess so do not leave it unattended) The return the unit to normal service and after 8 hours start watching the amount of ice produced. (Should be normal for 2 days!) If after 2 days the ice production slows again you have an automatic defrosting problem that is causing the ice build up on the evaporator coils.
If you need any more assistance please include your complete model number in any future responses.
Sounds like water valve is not closing all the way after the icemaker calls for water. This is because sediment in water builds up on valve seat therefore letting water pass through. Suggest replacing fill valve. Crescent shaped ice....ice maker on needs 4 ounces to fill icemaker, so any more than that will spill out.
You may find just what you need by looking around at Thrift shops , recycle centers , 2nd hand fix it shop. all of these places have lots of odds an ends. ,You ll find it there. I all ways do. Good luck DFD
The water switch went bad or the water valve. Switch the two wires on the water valve on the back of the ref. Press water switch on door if water fills ice maker valve is bad,if not,door switch is bad.
I found I get a odd clicking noise whenever the icecubes freeze inside of the box in the top left. You'll see about 20 little fingers, arms, or whatever you want to call them that spit out the ice into the container...make sure those fingers/arms arent stuck from the ice.
The only thing I can think of is your icemaker heater is staying on. When your icemaker goes into a harvest mode, (dumping ice and then re-filling with water) there is a "U" shaped heater (located on the under side of the icemaker) that comes on to release the frozen cubes from the icemaker mold. If this heater is continuously hot, it will cause temperatures in the freezer to rise.