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Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Icemaker Repair, Refrigerator Repair 09 December 2014 · 1,101 views
refrigerator, icemaker and 2 more...
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This is a picture from a recent service call I did. That white/translucent plastic tubing you see coming out of the floor and connecting to the gray PEX tubing on the refrigerator is a big No-No. That's a flood waiting to happen. Think about it: that plastic tubing us under household water pressure 24/7-- that's 40 to 60 psi. Combine that with with the fact that it gets hot behind a refrigerator that's pushed back against the wall, especially in summer.

Heat... plastic... brittle... cracked or burst plastic tubing.

And what's to stop the water from spraying out at household pressure when (not if) that plastic tubing breaks? Ain't but one thing: your hand on the shut off valve to stop the water flow.

What if you can't find the shut off valve to stop the water flow because the plumber installed it in a weird location or the house has been renovated since the water line was installed and the valve is inaccessible?

What if you can't reach the shut off valve because it's up behind a drop ceiling and you can't find the ladder during the panic to stop the water?

What happens if you're not home when that cheap plastic tubing bursts, as it inevitably will given enough heat and time?

You get the idea. So how do you avoid all this unpleasantness? Any water supply line or tubing in your house that's under continuous household pressure should only be one of three things: copper, steel-braided flex line, or PEX.

Now, if the plastic water tubing were AFTER the refrigerator's water inlet valve, as is commonly the case with older refrigerators, not such a big deal because 1) the tubing is not under continuous pressure; it’s only under pressure when the solenoid valve opens which 2) only occurs for several seconds every couple of hours or so for the ice maker or on-demand for the water dispenser.

Moral of the story: plastic and household plumbing don't mix.


Icemaker Wiring Info for Frigidaire Whirlpool and LG Refrigerators

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Icemaker Repair, Refrigerator Repair 29 November 2013 · 625 views
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Sometimes, you want to use an ice maker made from one manufacturer in a refrigerator made by a different manufacturer. The trick is knowing how to map out the wire harness so you can splice the wires into the harness in the right order and not pop the breaker or blow out the ice maker.

Brother Reginald has prepared this nice table that lists wire cross reference info for Whirlpool, Frigidaire, and LG ice makers. Wire away!

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Source: How do I splice ice maker wires?


How to manually cycle the GE WR30X10093 icemaker

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair, Icemaker Repair 05 August 2013 · 4,388 views
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A useful and handy diagnostic technique when working on an ice maker problem is to manually initiate a harvest cycle to see with the ice maker will or will not do. Here's how to manually cycle the GE WR30X10093 ice maker:


Power On Diagnostics
When the icemaker is first connected to power and if thermistor temperature is 50°F (10°C) or higher,
the control will perform a Power On test before entering the freeze cycle.
The test consists of the following:
• Turn on the motor until it reaches home the next time.
• Turn on the water valve for 1/2 second.
• Tum on the heater for 1/2 second.
• Verify that the feeler arm was in the "in" and then in the "out" position.
• Verify that the motor was not in the home position and then in the home position.
• Verify that the motor does not remain on after being turned off.
• Proceed to the freeze cycle.
Note:The power on test will only add 1/2 second of water, which will not overflow the mold with a normal fill,
but may cause a small cube when the refrigerator is first started.
If the temperature is below 50°F (10°C), the control will power up normally.
If in the home position, the control will enter the freeze cycle.
If the motor is not home, the control will enter the harvest cycle but bypass water fill to avoid overfilling the mold.

Service Diagnostics
During the first 15 seconds that power is first applied to the icemaker,
the Service Diagnostic Test mode may be entered.
The service mode is entered by pushing the feeler arm from the "out" position to the "in" position
and back again 3 times and only 3 times within 15 seconds.
Note: If the icemaker has already started a harvest cycle and the arm is moving,
it may be impossible to properly move the arm and enter the service mode without allowing it to reset and powering up again.
The service diagnostic mode consists of a harvest cycle followed by a water fill.
The harvest cycle is entered immediately, regardless of icemaker temperature or arm position.
While in the harvest cycle in the service mode, the heater will remain on for a minimum of 20 seconds.
The water fill cycle will initiate the first fill (5.1 seconds) without waiting for the mold to "prechill".
Only one water fill occurs during the service mode, whether the thermistor has reached 39.2°F (4°C) or not.
The icemaker will exit the service diagnostic test on its own and enter the normal freeze cycle.



If the ice maker won't do the manual harvest, replace it. Here's the replacement you need: http://www.repaircli...0X10093/1399596


Source: how do you cycle test the WR30X10093 icemaker


Electrolux and Frigidaire Refrigerator Water Valve Diode in Harnesses by Model and Ice Maker Style

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair, Icemaker Repair 23 June 2013 · 1,270 views
Electroluc, Frigidaire and 6 more...

I noticed I never could seem to find them on the part breakdown, so I made a list. Here ya go!


Electrolux and Frigidaire Refrigerator Water Valve Diode in Harnesses by Model and Ice
Maker Style.

Refrigerator Style Ice Maker Type Part Number
Side X Side Crescent Cube 5303918287
French Door Finger Evaporator 242102101
French Door Flex Tray 242119101
On French Door models it doesn't matter if there is a crescent cube ice maker in the
freezer section or not, order the diode according to the style of the ice maker that's in
the fresh food section.

http://appliantology...guration-guide/



Source: VALVE ASSY HELP


Quick Way to Check the Sealed System in a GE - Whirlpool - Kitchenaid Under-counter Ice Maker

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Icemaker Repair 30 April 2013 · 1,031 views
GE, Whirlpool, Kitchenaid and 3 more...
Brother PDuff enlightens us with this nifty tip for making a quick check of the sealed system (refrigerant and compressor) using your fingers and earballs:

Quick way to check evaporator: With compressor running drain the water from the reservoir by removing bottom cap. Let run for a couple of minutes and check for slight frost on evaporator plate, touch top of plate with wet finger-should stick. If not cold, turn unit off and listen for a hissing noise from evaporator. Not cold and hissing-bad evap. Would replace compressor as well for moisture contamination.



Service manual for this unit is here: http://appliantology...atic-ice-maker/



Source: zdis15cssj GE Monogram under counter ICE MAKER not producing ice:






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