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.