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    Fridge repair

    Anyone know a good appliance forum with responsive moderators or members?

    My icemaker isn't working in my freezer. I've checked a few things and watched quite a few fix it videos. But none of the videos address an icemaker that does NOT have test points.

    Or, if any of you may be able to provide direction I'd appreciate it. I can post more details. But didn't wanna post an appliance repair thread on a music related forum.

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    What is "not working"?

    There is a bevy of things going on to make the ice,

    Water supply solenoids, thermostats, heaters.
    https://www.hometips.com/repair-fix/...ice-maker.html

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    The icemaker seems dead. It doesnt make ice, there's no cubes in the mold either.

    Checked the inlet water line and good pressure and flow there. Did not check the line from valve to icemaker...however I think the icemaker assembly is at fault. Reason being, I poured water into the mold last night. Hoping that ice in the mold would tell the thermostat to tell the ejection motor to dump the ice and tell the valve to refill the mold. Woke up this morning and ice is in the mold. Nothing happened. So my guess is either the thermostat or the motor in the module assembly are shot.

    I found the assembly in stock at Lowes. Will install and find out. At least then if it doesnt work I can return the assembly and look elsewhere.

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    Is there not a schematic or wiring diagram of the entire fridge on the rear of the fridge?

    I never had an ice maker with a thermostat for the cubes. It would dump a tray, then cycle around, triggering the valve for fresh water. After some amount of time, it spun/dump/refilled again. It continued to cycle until the thing over the tray was pushed up by accumulated cubes in the holder. SO it won't likely open the valve for a refill until it cycles a dump.

    The thing stopping it from making ice is that it is not filling with water.

    My ice reservoir had a stiff wire to detect full. I could also snap that wire up to a OFF setting so I could stop it making ice. Make sure your full reservoir detector is not set to full.

    Your water valve is probably 120vAC or MAYBE 24vAC. Schematic should say or it may be labelled, should be simple to determine which. You can disconnect the wires to it, and apply a working voltage to it to see if it will open and admit water.

    I am going to guess ther is a run switch on the dump motor. Once it starts, a cam switch keeps it on until it comes back to rest position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowell View Post
    The icemaker seems dead. It doesnt make ice, there's no cubes in the mold either.

    Checked the inlet water line and good pressure and flow there. Did not check the line from valve to icemaker...however I think the icemaker assembly is at fault. Reason being, I poured water into the mold last night. Hoping that ice in the mold would tell the thermostat to tell the ejection motor to dump the ice and tell the valve to refill the mold. Woke up this morning and ice is in the mold. Nothing happened. So my guess is either the thermostat or the motor in the module assembly are shot.

    I found the assembly in stock at Lowes. Will install and find out. At least then if it doesnt work I can return the assembly and look elsewhere.
    When you unplug the electrical connection See if you have any voltage there. Usually you will find service info on the back in a plastic sleeve.


    Do you have a meter with a thermocouple?

    It is possible Defroster has gone crazy. We would have melted Ice when our defrost fan started spinning too slow.


    nosaj

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    He says he has ice if he fills the tray manually.
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    Thanks all.

    I was just working at home at my desk when i heard a clicking noise in the kitchen. Ran in there to find the icemaker assembly in the freezer clicking and saw the gears turning. However, the ejection tines arent turning. I stuck my hand in there and the heating coils were too hot to touch. So... what causes the ejection rod to not spin?

    Finally, I think the real issue is that it hasnt been cold enough in the freezer. I just put it together that the seal gasket isnt sealing all the way in one area and has been having ice buildup there. Most likely causing the icemaker to stop working due to too high temps. But again...why isnt the ejection rod spinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowell View Post
    Thanks all.

    I was just working at home at my desk when i heard a clicking noise in the kitchen. Ran in there to find the icemaker assembly in the freezer clicking and saw the gears turning. However, the ejection tines arent turning. I stuck my hand in there and the heating coils were too hot to touch. So... what causes the ejection rod to not spin?

    Finally, I think the real issue is that it hasnt been cold enough in the freezer. I just put it together that the seal gasket isnt sealing all the way in one area and has been having ice buildup there. Most likely causing the icemaker to stop working due to too high temps. But again...why isnt the ejection rod spinning.
    Broken gear?

    Also what model are we dealing with just inside the Door on the frame should be a brand and model number.

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    Or it is stuck in defrost mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    Or it is stuck in defrost mode.
    Depending on the fridge the defrost timer is either at the bottom left in the front and can be turned with a flathead driver or inside the fridge behind like a light panel.

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    On mine the motor that spins the assembly to eject died. New motor assembly, about $35.

    The operation of this thing is based on bimetal thermostats and switches clicked by cams on the timing wheel. Ice buildup can bust it, so can bum thermostats, open heaters, stuck heaters, welded contacts on the switches (which switch the actual AC power loads).
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    Oh, wait! That sounds familiar, somehow.

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    Frigidaire Gallery model # Lght1837le4

    Ok I removed the assembly and pulled the gear and motor cover off. Didnt see anything alarming. Put it back together and plugged it back in. It started working again. Made a few batches of ice. Now it's stuck again. I hear it clicking but the ejector rod doesnt spin. Ill look into the defrost timer.

    RG I called Frigidaire and they said the motor isn't something they can sell...only the whole ice maker assembly.

    If adjusting the defrost timer doesn't fix it I'll probably just go get the whole assembly. At least it looks likely that the assembly is bad. It's not the inlet valve or a solenoid etc

    Although i guess if the valve is going in and out..sorta working...I guess the assembly will not go. If the gear motor is spinning, but the ejector is not, does this definitely tell us the problem is the assembly? If the water isn't filling the mold, is that caused by the assembly or is lack of water stopping the ejector rod? Chicken? Or the egg?
    Last edited by lowell; 09-01-2017 at 09:05 AM.

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    Ok more good info.

    I just snapped the cover back on the assembly and it immediately started turning the ejector. So something is STUCK or there's a bad connection somewhere. Ack. Not familiar enough with it to follow my gut.

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    Or one of the little plastic gears inside has a broken tooth or a stripped over tooth. it can't grab as it sits, but a jolt is enough to give it enough grip to turn to the next tooth and continue.
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