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Not making ice and the compressor is hot

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  • nc108 Aug 21, 2008

    ice maker gets cold but no ice and the compressor is hot.

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Like the guy above said check for water first going into the tray compressor will be hot just from running normal the control on those icemakers goes bad alot the square cover up in the left top corner where the water goes in the timer is behind that sometimes you can turn it with a screwdriver to fool it into cycleing the gears will turn bar will go up and down if it's working and the try should fill up try that the cover comes off easy.

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Maybe the there is no water, find the valve and open it.

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Compressor is bad.

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