Ice cubes stick to tray and motor can not push them out!
Everything seems to be maechanically functional, but when the cubes freeze in the try they seem to be stuck to the tray and the motor can not push them out. The motor must have a clutch or something because it starts to click. I removed the ice maker and removed the main gear that turns the ejecting aparatus so that it is free tur turn with out the motor involved. It spins frely until it gets to the ice cubes but I can not break the ice cubes free even with a pair of pliers, so I do not feel like it is a problem with the motor. If I put a little water in the tray they come right out. I tried to turn down the temperature of the freezer but that did not help either. Is there a coating or something that is worn out that is causing it to stick (it appears to be in good shape, clean and brown plasic or teflon) or is there something else I am missing here? Should I just buy a replacement ice maker unit even though it apperas to be working mechanically?
Re: Ice cubes stick to tray and motor can not push them...
Same thing here. The ice maker works fine, but ice cubes get stuck to tray and don't fall out when dumped. Then the new water fills up in the tray and just runs over the cubes still in it.
I read in the manual to periodically rinse the tray with vinegar & water to wash away any mineral deposits that build up from your water. I did that and it allowed the ice to be dumped 3-4 times, but then it was sticking again.
Anything that I could use to wash it out with or coat it with that would be longer lasting?
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Your rubber tube is most likely not freezing up and therefore does not need to be heated but only you would know for certain. My experience with ice makes spans several different models but I've found the most common problem for me with no ice being produced is when the bar that shuts of the icemaker gets stuck in the up position because - ice cubes have frozen into a big clump, Ice cubes have jammed the bar by sticking between the ice tray and the bar, or the gear inside that rotates the ice cube tray is stripped in that area because of previous jams and needs to be replaced.
It might be a dirty or damaged ice tray. When in the harvest mode the hot gas will be directed through the tray untill the cubes fall tripping the reset to start the freezing cycle again. If the cubes are sticking because of rust or scale buildup the cubes get "overmelted" causing the "wet cubes".CAREFULLY clean the ice tray . Use vinegar or ice machine cleaner do not use any cleaning pads steel wool or sand paper as this will ruin ice tray. Also make sure icemaker is level both ways. Hope this helps.
You will need to check inside the ice tray for anything that may have fallen in. Sometimes the ice itself with stick into clusters and will not dispense. I would take out the tray, empty it, rinse it and re install it. Good luck!
Make sure wire loop extending out from the ice maker over the ice bin is pushed down. Up turns the ice maker off.
Without more info, I can't diagnose further.
Stick finger in ice tray where ice freezes. Is there water in there. No, check solenoid valve and water line to ice maker (kinks). Is there ice cubes in ice tray? Is ice maker pushed fully in? All wires to ice maker on back and underneath connected?
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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...
Do you mean the ice cubes are too large to be individual cubes and come out as a lump? The water is filled by a timed fill so if the fill solenoid stays open a little and drips water into the cube tray it will have more water than normal.
I guess I'm not sure if you mean the ice cubes are stuck together in the tray or are they sticking together in the holding bin area?