Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ice maker not releasing Ice cubes?

Very common problem in refrigerators.It occurs when refrigerator gets old or if any pointed thing is got scratched in the ice tray.

Replacing the ice maker assembly is advisable in this case.

There is a Teflon type coating in the base of ice maker ice tray.When this coating gets loose or scratched, the ice will get stuck up to the base and will not come out.This coating helps the cube to get out.It give the cube that non-stick effect.Interior surface of ice tray felt rough & flaky (coating deteriorated) so cubes would not release.
Replacing ice maker assembly on most of the refrigerator is not very difficult and procedure is near to same.But not exactly same.On some models there is clips holding the parts and on some models there are screws holding parts.Many a times screws are hidden and difficult to see.
One of the user who replaced ice maker assembly has mentioned the procedure to replace ice-maker,Go through this procedure :---

First of all Unplug appliance. This is for safety reasons.
Then remove timer cover.It will be tight and will need some pressure to come out.
You will see  single attachment screw & bracket at lower front of ice maker.Remove that.
You will see wiring connection to the rear.Disconnect wiring harness from socket at  rear of compartment.
Tricky part was determining what type of connection held the other two attachment points along the long edge of the icemaker. I used a small mirror to confirm that mine were also some sort of "snap in" attachment.
Then remove icemaker unit by pushing upward and outward on the unit. It takes a good bit of pressure and will pop loose, but be careful not to break attachment bracket from freezer wall.
Now disconnect/remove  shut off bar and wiring harness from old icemaker. Once you have it out  attach it to new one in same order ,before installing it back in freezer.
Again, you might find a mirror useful to align those pesky snap-in brackets with the new unit.
If  you probably kept your freezer running while waiting for the part, the plastic snap-ins will be cold and brittle. Warm them up  by applying a dampened cloth heated in the microwave to make them a little more pliable.
A good push of the new unit towards the snap-ins along with some upward force will get it stable.
Now Reattach whole thing back in.
It will take awhile for the first batch of cubes dump as the timer may need to cycle completely around to get to the fill cycle... be patient.
Dump the first couple of batches of cubes just to make sure you're free of any residue.Once the proer cooling and ice making cycle is started.Then it will work properly as new.
Most of the time first 3 to 4 ice make cycle is required, for proper ice making.


Replacement parts can be purchased at any of the following web sites:
Before going to buy any parts directly.
Go through this other troubleshooting help links.

This is list of refrigerator problems,which is normally faced in refrigerator.
You can go through the details,by clicking the link below:---

Ice maker stopped making ice?

Water Overflows in Ice maker and freezes inside?

How to replace Ice maker assembly?

Ice maker dispensing ice with black or white plastic pieces in ice?

After replacing ice maker assembly, ice is not getting made?

Ice maker is leaking water and causing the ice to freeze?

Ice maker is noisy and not making ice?

Refrigerator ice maker stopped making ice?

Ice maker leaks water into ice bin causing a glob of ice?

Amana Refrigerator leaking water from ice maker?

Ice maker leaking?

Ice maker is dumping the ice cubes out before frozen solid.

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