Ice maker bar sticking at bottom now a loud grinding noise
We bought a used frig from our neighbors. The ice machine bar raises and comes back down but seems to get stuck right before it reaches the bottom. There is no ice in the way and if you manually push it down it will dump the ice and continue the cycle only to become stuck again. We noticed this going on for about 2 weeks or so and now occasionally we are hearing a loud grinding noise which lasts for about a half hour then quits on its own. This has happened a couple of times. An ideas or suggestions?
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The icemaker is pretty simple, there is a motor, a solenoid, and a couple of switches.
It sounds like the whole icemaker mechanism is jammed or has a broken gear, and the motor is trying it's darndest to turn the stuck mechanism (grinding it's gears in the process), or the gear has already gone, and what's left of the gear is dancing around in there.
Normally, the ice "cubes" are crescent shaped. The most likely cause for "crushed" ice is that the ice maker isn't getting enough water on its refill cycle after ejecting the tray. Becuase there isn't enough water, the ice looks crushed...it's actually shattered.
Check the water inlet and chute to the ice maker. Sometimes they freeze and have to be manually defrosted. A hair dryer will do the trick. Also check the water chute and be sure it isn't partially frozen.
Start there...if no luck you could also have a failing water filter or sticky water solenoid valve.
nothing to do with light bulb - noise is probably fan hitting ice that has built up. to check, remove back panel inside freezer and check for ice build up. melt off with a hairdryer and get back to me if i'm right
It sounds like the ice maker. If you don't have the water hooked up, and the ice sensor bar is in the down position, the ice maker assembly will attempt to make ice continuously. Solution is easy: raise the ice sensor bar until it clicks in the up position. It will lock in this position, and the ice maker will not cycle anymore.