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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Forza Azzurri, Nov 22, 2004.

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  1. Hello,

    does anybody have any advice on problems with those modular Icemakers
    put in Freezers ?

    My icemaker stopped making ice and I believe the heater is not turning
    on to allow the maker to move the ice out. Any suggestions ??

    Many thanks !!!
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  2. Bob Shuman

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    Get a schematic. These are many times in an envelope taped to the back of
    the refrigerator/freezer unit, especially on Whirlpool. The basic ice
    making cycle is water fills the ice mold (timer driven volume), freeze
    (sensor detects temperature), heater engagement (momentarily to loosen cubes
    and allow removal), ice cube ejection from mold. The cycle then repeats as
    long as the tray full arm is not engaged.

    You don't say why you think it is the heater element that you think is
    defective, but it is easily checked with a standard ohm meter (when
    disconnected) or a volt meter when it is being operated. I'd suspect the
    timer motor mechanism, microswitches, or fill solenoid/valve would be more
    common points of failure, but yes, it could be the heater as well.

    Good luck!

    Bob
     
  3. Thank you !
    I will try those first .

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  4. Craig Hart

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    You don't say why you think it is the heater element that you think is
    Perhaps there's a sold block of ice stuck in the mould that won't come out?
     
  5. I've also see a case where water got into the timer mechanism and froze solid,
    preventing it from turning. Nothing else wrong once thawed out and dried.

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  6. Thanks for the advice. I removed the ice maker and thawed it out. Put
    it back and it works great.

    Many thanks !!!

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  7. Asimov

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    "Forza Azzurri" bravely wrote to "All" (23 Nov 04 13:29:53)
    --- on the heady topic of "Re: Whirlpool ice maker"

    WOW! Here's a happy ending at last!


    FA> From: Forza Azzurri <>

    FA> Thanks for the advice. I removed the ice maker and thawed it out.
    FA> Put it back and it works great.

    FA> Many thanks !!!


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  8. I should note that some of the large appliance repair Web sites have
    very good technical info on icemakers.

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