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Old 02-24-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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What's wrong with my icemaker?

Unit is a Frigidaire freezer on-top with hard-mold icemaker, it has the wire metal "arm" that moves during the cycle.

The fill cycle seems fine, as does the freeze cycle. The harvest cycle is the problem. The unit won't harvest the ice. Formed ice will sit in the mold forever.

HOWEVER, I can get it to go into harvest cycle by just SLIGHTLY (just a light tap) of the "arm" towards the icemaker. It's like the arm is hung-up a fraction of an inch before the harvest cycle.

This is a new install - however the icemaker is 8 years old - it was never plumbed unitll a few days ago.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:31 PM   #3
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Of the refigerator/freezer or the ice maker?

I thought these icemakers were standard across many models of refrigerators.

It looks exactly like this pic, and it has the spring loaded cam screw under the cover for water level adjustment.

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That arm is used to tell the icemaker when the container is full. It operates a microswitch inside the unit that must close for the harvest cycle to start. If the switch is stiff or the spring on the arm is weak, it might not depress the switch enough to close the contacts. If the arm has been in the up position for 8 years, it might have weakened the spring. You can take the front cover off of the icemaker (unplug it from the fridge first) and gently wind up that spring one more turn to give it more force on the switch. Not sure that you can order just that spring.
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Thank you! I'll check that out ASAP.

And yes, the arm has been up for approx. 8 years.
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That arm is used to tell the icemaker when the container is full. It operates a microswitch inside the unit that must close for the harvest cycle to start. If the switch is stiff or the spring on the arm is weak, it might not depress the switch enough to close the contacts. If the arm has been in the up position for 8 years, it might have weakened the spring. You can take the front cover off of the icemaker (unplug it from the fridge first) and gently wind up that spring one more turn to give it more force on the switch. Not sure that you can order just that spring.
FYI, follow-up, winding the spring one revolution worked perfectly. I've been enjoying a perfectly functioning ice maker for the about the last 4 months!
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Sorry, old post. Glad it's working.

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