We are shutting the house down for the Winter and always blow all the water lines out with compressed air. How can we shortcycle the ice maker to clear those lines. Last year we thought we cleared it but in the spring we found the water valve broken and had to replace it
Answer Kurt, It'll be a little difficult, but doable. You'll need a short length(2 or 3 inches) of insulated 14 gauge wire, and strip both ends of the wire. Once you turn off the water supply, remove the white plastic front cover off the ice maker, and tape the freezer door switch down/closed. On the front of the mechanism plate at roughly the 4 and 5 o'clock position you'll see two openings labeled "T" and "H" insert the ends of the wire in the openings and hold it there until the rake arm starts to rotate, then remove the wire. The ice maker should cycle through to a complete cycle. You my want to repeat the test cycle again a few minutes later.
I have a icemaker that is dripping in ice bucket then freezing making a clump of ice sticking together is that the cycling thermastat
Answer Joseph, No, the cycling thermostat is not a likely culprit. The thermostat controls the power to the ice maker motor, when the 14 dgrs. is reached, the thermostat closes and allows power to the motor and the ice maker cycles and dumps the cubes in the ice bin. Water dripping into the ice maker and bin is usually due to a "seaping" water inlet valve on the back of the refrigerator.
The water supply to my ice maker keeps filling and overflows. What controls the water supply and where is it located? Thanks
Answer Hello Miles. The water valve 61005626 located on the back of the unit may be the issue. Make sure there is no power coming to it. If there is power, replace the icemaker. If there is no power, replace the valve. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
What part, or parts, of the ice making cycle does the Cycling Thermostat control? Filling and dumping? What tells the ice maker to dump ice cubes when they are ready?
Answer Hello Jay,
The cycling thermostat monitors the temperature of the water in the ice mold. When it is cold enough, (about 20°F), the thermostat will close and start the harvest mode.
should there be a resistance reading across the poles of this (if good) thermostat and if so what
Answer Glenn, No, there will not be a resistance reading if the thermostat is at room temperature. If you can take the thermostat and drop it in a glass of ice water for a few minutes , it has to reach a temperature of 14 degrees, then the circuit will "close" and have a resistance reading.
Please provide installation information for this part.
Answer Hello Anne. If you look on the parts page 627985, there is an instructional video to show how to replace the thermostat. Thanks.