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Re: Is it more cost effective to keep ice maker on or...
Your ice maker is designed to cut itself off when the bin is full . Leaving it off too long will cause problems . Water fill line could freeze up giving a false indication of leaking water valve to a technician , thermostat inside ice maker could crack ( same as a defrost bimetal ) , so , It is best to leave the ice maker on . It uses no electricity when it turns itself off due to " enough " ice .
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I searched forever for an answer to this and never found one. So this is what I did when you take the cover off on the left hand side there are two switches with two wires coming from.each switch. Then in the same group of wires the is two slightly larger wires one red one black. Those wires go to the optic eye that tells the machine is full. Cut and splice these teo wires together coming from the circuit board this will tell the machine it is empty and should make ice. Worked for me. It just doesn't cut off on its own whenever its full.
Ice Maker Doesn't Turn Off
If your ice maker keeps making ice, even when it is full:
1Lift the bail wireto shut off the ice maker, and remove the ice bin. Then, using a screwdriver if necessary, remove the ice maker, clean it thoroughly, and then reinstall it.
2If the problem persists,consider removing and replace the entire ice maker and valve. With this type of problem, you can have it repaired, but it's often wiser and less expensive in the long run to replace the unit entirely.
The ice maker is easy to remove once you get the drawer off the slides. There are two plastic clips located near the back of the drawer that attach it to the slides. Pop those out and lift the drawer out. Pull off the plastic ice maker cover to expose the mounting screws. Remove the two screws holding the assembly to the top of the freezer, then slide the ice maker forward about 1/2 inch. It will drop down a few inches, allowing you to unplug the wiring connector and remove it as a unit. The ice full guide is then easily removed.
There should be a metal wire that hangs over the drawer. When the drawer is full, the wire flips up and shuts off the ice maker. You have to manually lower the wire back down to restart the ice maker. It sounds like yours is hung up, missing or broken. Have you checked this?
There is a plastic sled that fits on a wire bail, connected to a microswitch that tells the unit that the ice level is low and it needs to turn on the water to fill the ice cube trays. The wire bail falls out and catches on the drawer. If you pull too hard, you will break the plastic sled where it attaches to the bail. You can still buy the entire ice maker unit and re-install it easily, or if you are really handy, you can attempt a temporary fix with a little bit of wire at each end of the plasitc sled to keep it attached correctly to the wire bail. The older units were famous for this problem. I fixed mine, but ultimately had to replace the unit. Parts cost around $130.
The fill valve for the ice maker could be stuck partially open and dripping into the ice maker. If this is the case shut off the water line to the ice maker and if the water stops you will need to replace the ice maker fill vavle
When the drawer is opened, trhe "full arm" swings up and out of the way. When the drawer is pushed back closed, the arm should swing back down. If it is unobstructed, the icemaker should make ice.
One thing to try is with the ice tray removed, push the plate (that holds the ice tray) back into the freezer. Lift the full arm up and down. It should easily move and you should be able to hear a slight "click" when moving up/down. If not, you might have a bad switch in the ice maker unit...replacement time.