How often should a ice maker cycle, and how long does it take to cycle generally speaking? How do you advance the ice maker?
ANSWER Hello Michael,
This depends on two things: operating temperature inside the freezer compartment and the temperature of the water upon fill. Normally an icemaker that is inside a freezer that doesn't drop below 0°F, (as recommended by the manufacturers), with water no warmer than 70°F will cycle about every 90 minutes. It takes about two and a half minutes for the cycle to complete.
One thing I must mention that greatly affects harvest time is how often the door is opened. Think about it like this: Cold air is heavier than warm air. When the door is opened, the cold air drops out and warm, room temperature air rushes in to take its' place. This means that each time the door is opened, the harvest time is extended by at least 20 minutes, (depending on how much is in the unit to hold the temperature down). This means basically that if you are checking on the icemaker every hour or so, the unit cannot produce the ice that it could if the door were left closed.
Cycling the icemaker on a GE style can be done by grasping the harvest fingers and pulling them to rotate in a clockwise direction. You can hear the icemaker motor running when it starts cycling on its' own.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Wednesday, June 06, 2012