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Re: ice cube tray not releasing cubes
The ice maker system is pretty simple.. A motor rotates with a gear reduction system and as it rotates... a switch is tripped when the motor reaches a certain point on its rotation... that switch lets water in for a prescribed period of time ( normally that is adjustable) and then as the motor rotates some more.. the ice tray has had adequate time for that ice to freeze and is positioned for it to be released,..at that time.. a small heating element is energized to release those ice cubes and the cubes fall from the tray into the bucket.. Chances are your heater is not working, unplugged or defective.. I would start by thawing everything out and getting the system free of any and all ice.. If after you've cleaned it all up.. and it still fails to release ice..you could be over-filling your tray and that freezes .. which in turn causes the system to fail too..You may need to adjust the fill level by throttle back on the water or if your system has a fill level control.. adjust that.. but first things first.. get the system back to a known good state.. ( meaning free from all ice ) so that you can monitor its performance,. Hope that helps...
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My name is Peter. I am a retired field refrigeration technician.
It sounds like your ice maker has a bad motor module/circuit board.
It is like a control board. This module reads a temperature sensor that indicates the water is frozen and ready for harvesting the ice cubes. Then it turns on a electric heater under the ice cube mold, then turns on the motor to harvest the ice cubes. After the ice cubes are harvested, it opens the water supply solenoid valve to fill the mold with water. The ice maker needs to be replaced.
Sounds like this is a water level problem. Too much water is being released into ice tray, which raises the water level above the depth of each cube form, causing one big cube. You can adjust the water level.
Check this out: How to Adjust the Water Level on an Ice Maker eHow
Sounds like it has a " seeping " water valve . Only thing to do is replace the water inlet valve . There is a certain amount of water to go into icemaker at fill . A seeping valve will let water continually drip into icemaker , making large cubes which icemaker cannot dump . A larger amount of seeping , will overfill the icemaker , and drip into the freezer and floor .
Hello here is how to fix the problem, first you have to remove the ice bin then then press the freeze temp and power cool buttons for about 12 seconds until the display panel switches to the option mode and you hear a beep.
A number under "Frige temp" corresponds to the option number. Press the fridge temp. button to increase the number and the power cool button to increase the number and the power cool button to decrease the number. set the option number to 3
now you have to select the input data to control the water supply time. Press the freeze temp button to increase the value. Press the power freeze bottom to decrease the value. Choose the right amount of water supplied to the ice tray which should be to where the water level is even with the rib on the inside of the tray.
Check your ice cube tray to see if it is warped. Mine was. I took the tray off and dipped it into boiling water and remoulded it to the original shape and re-installed it. So far no problems. The tray gets warped because of the ice cube release mechanism. The tray is rotated around until it meets a block on one corner which creates the twisting motion we used to do on manual trays. Over time it tends to warp the tray. Good luck
H-m-m-m. Well, I'm not a chemist or a physics oriented person. My guess is that the air is trapped inside the cube as the ice forms. If there is a fan blowing cold(frigid) air over the cubes in question, it would make sense that the water in the tray would freeze at the coldest point first; that would be the top of the cube as opposed to the point farthest away or the bottom. The temperature of the water would uniform when the water enters the tray but would change in layers (top to bottom) as the cold air draws the heat out of the water (top) and the rest of the tray draws the heat away causing the ice to form through condensation. since the freezing process would occur faster at the top, any air trapped would condense allowing the rest of the water to freeze. Sort of like bubbles under a sheet of ice on a frozen pond.
Are you manually filling the trays or is this an automatic process? If manual, try filling the trays with warm water and check them the next morning. Warm water is supposed to condense faster than cold.
You mentioned changing the filter. Is it charcoal? It shouldn't make a difference but the new filter needs to have some water sent through it prior to installing it in the line to remove any loose particles that would end up in your ice.
Other than that, adjusting the freezer to a colder temperature is about the only remaining option.
Hope this helps.