This ice maker is getting tired and may need replacing. I've replaced sevaral parts through the help of the service center. The ice-maker continues to drip water constantly into the ice receiving tray. As a result the we end up with a solid chunck of ice by weeks end. Is it possible to replace this entire unit?
Frank Guerrettaz 520 Forest Crest Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367 (636) 561-4774 or office is (636) 978-6620 Ext 126.
Answer Hello Frank,
When an ice maker continues to fill after the cycle, it's an indication of either low water pressure to the water inlet valve or a failing water inlet valve. Of course you should check for the water pressure first. If a water line to the unit is crimped, this can cause the issue. Also, check the water shut-off to insure that no one has turned it down or even worse, if it's a self tapping saddle valve, the pinhole that the self piercing "needle" has pierced into the water line could be getting clogged with sedimentation or mineral deposits from the water supply. As per the manufacturer, if a self tapping saddle valve has been used, the saddle valve must be removed long enough to drill the pierced hole out to 1/4 inch. You see, there is no spring inside the water inlet valve to aid in its' closure. It is closed purely by water pressure. Drilling the hole out insures that full water pressure is applied to the valve to close it. If the pierced hole is clogging up, the water pressure has to "bleed" past the restriction and will cause the valve to close too slowly, resulting in an overfill each cycle.
There is the possibility that the water valve is failing. If the water valve has a mechanical issue, this can cause it to close too slowly or not completely, but this usually results in the fill tube clogging up completely with ice as the "weepage" will enter the freezer slowly enough to freeze in the fill tube before it can drip out of it.
If the problem were in the ice maker itself, the water valve either wouldn't be energized, or the contacts would stick and the water valve would be energized constantly causing a flood in the home.