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Check the shutoff arm. Sometimes, the problem with the ice maker is that it is actually making too much ice. In some rare instances, the shutoff arm fails to move upward when the ice bucket is full. To remedy this, locate the shutoff arm at the top of the ice bucket and slide it upward. You may need to clear some ice out of the way before you are able to reach the arm.

If the ice maker is functioning properly the arm would go to the full up position prior to the ice cubes being dumped into the bin, then the arm would drop back down on top of the cubes in the bin. If the level of the cubes in the bin is high enough to prevent the arm from going back to the full down position the ice maker will stop making ice. If your ice makers arm is not cycling in this manner then you have a defective ice maker.

The timer/controller assembly has a timer in it and is responsible for moving the ice level sensing arm with the sequence jackofalltrades described. Inside it, there is an intricately shaped white plastic piece with a Molex part number on it. This picece translates motion of a cam driven by the timer to rotation of the ice level sensing arm. This piece has some small amount of flexibility, presumably so that it doesn't break if the ice level sensing arm is pushed-on too hard. On mine, the flexible point cracked; it is a point of maximum stress, of course.

In summary, the repair is to replace the timer/controller assembly, and the cause of the problem is likely to be user abuse from putting foreign items in the ice basket without turning off the icemaker.

Hope helps.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011

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