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djkeev Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:26 pm

I've a Fidgedaire Gallery double door refrigerator with the freezer in a drawer under the unit.

It works fine except the ice maker.
Oh it freezes well when it gets water.
It dumps out the ice just fine.
The ice freezer is in the food area and I read that they ice up back at the coil, this one is not iced up.

My problem is with the ice maker itself,
The spring loaded arm that lowers after the ice dumps...... doesn't lower, or it might on occasion.

I'm ordering my 4th ice maker. Something is buggering up with that arm as the cam rotates to lower it and raise it.
It moves, it just isn't going low enough to trip the micro switch to turn on the water valve.

Anyone run into this and may have a fix for the recurring problem?

Dave

chrisflstf Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:41 am

Dump the ice maker and freeze cubes in tray

djkeev Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:38 pm

chrisflstf wrote: Dump the ice maker and freeze cubes in tray

Always an option for sure!
Nothings I'm against doing either.......
As a matter of fact out at our Pennsylvania house, that's exactly how we make ice even today.

But if the unit came designed to make ice without my active involvement, I'd like it to do as it was designed.

Dave

Cusser Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:09 pm

djkeev wrote: My problem is with the ice maker itself,
The spring loaded arm that lowers after the ice dumps...... doesn't lower, or it might on occasion.
Isn't that arm an on-off sensor to stop ice production when the tray is felt to be full. So the arm should stay in the down position to operate.

djkeev Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:45 pm

Cusser wrote: djkeev wrote: My problem is with the ice maker itself,
The spring loaded arm that lowers after the ice dumps...... doesn't lower, or it might on occasion.
Isn't that arm an on-off sensor to stop ice production when the tray is felt to be full. So the arm should stay in the down position to operate.

No, the arm descends after every ice dump to feel if the bin is full.
If it goes down fully, it turns on the water valve to fill the tray. If it only goes down part way, the valve isn't turned on so no ice is made.
It dumps (cubes or an empty tray) on a timed interval and always feels for ice.

Dave

Cusser Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:42 pm

OK. I've only had side-by-side.

Actually, freezers and in-freezer ice makers make terrible tasting ice, picks up food odors.

I have this one from HomeDepot.com, replaced the used one I got for $50 and had for 15 years. Makes clear, cylindrical-shaped "cubes" with a hole in the center.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Whynter-44-lb-Freestan.../204388963

finster Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:44 am

and you think you have ice problems!

mark tucker Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:22 pm

som ting wong.... you can look up the symptoms and go to some venders and they have lotsa stuff on what causes what and how and what you need to do the job.

Zundfolge1432 Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:25 pm

mark tucker wrote: som ting wong.... you can look up the symptoms and go to some venders and they have lotsa stuff on what causes what and how and what you need to do the job.

Are you trying to say troubleshooting?

VW_Jimbo Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:36 pm

What is the model number of the refrigerator?

Without knowing which exact model, it is hard to dispense info. In general;

Ice dispenser doesn’t work.

1. Dispenser control board
If the ice dispenser is not functioning at all the most likely cause is going to be the dispenser control board. The dispenser control board governs the major portion of the systematic functions of the dispenser and is less likely to be the issue if only certain components are malfunctioning. If the dispenser control board is at fault, it will need to be replaced.

2. Water inlet valve & low water pressure from house supply
If the ice dispenser on your refrigerator is not working properly, one of the first things to consider as an issue is the water pressure to your appliance. The ice dispenser cannot properly function with a psi less than 20. If psi is appropriate, proceed to replace the water inlet valve to correct the issue. You may also be dealing with low household water pressure. This low flow can be examined by using a water pressure test gauge. Once the household water pressure is resolved, you can double check your refrigerator connection to ensure it is now flowing properly and that the ice dispenser is functioning.


3. Water tube in door is frozen
If the ice dispenser is not working on your refrigerator, the issue could be a frozen water supply tube located in the door. Although this may be a tricky problem to locate, the first thing to do is find a connection point in the tube. After this has been found, attempt to blow air through the tube. If the air flows freely through the tube, it is not frozen and this is not the issue. If it does not, the tube is frozen and needs to be removed to thaw out. As it thaws, attempt to ascertain why it froze and correct the positioning of the tubing to prevent the issue from occurring again in the future.

4. Dispenser switch
If the refrigerator ice dispenser is not working properly you could be dealing with a defective dispenser switch. Activated by the dispenser actuator, the switches are responsible for numerous actions including ice cube disbursement, type of ice, and water controls. The switch can be tested using an ohm meter and should be replaced if it does not reveal continuity.

5. Door switch
If the refrigerator ice dispenser is not working, the functionality of the door switch can be inspected. This switch is responsible for turning on the light in the freezer and simultaneously turning off the ice dispenser when the freezer door is opened. If this switch malfunctions, it will show no continuity on the ohm meter and will require replacement.

And as always.... pictures. PM me if you want to send them. I don't think the forces that be would want them on tS!

Good luck!



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