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Whirlpool Freezer, modular Ice Maker


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#1 daring

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:08 PM

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After repairing a 'manufacturer's defect' with what I'd call a pretty creative solution (see picture), I'm now perplexed why the ice maker won't cycle on it's own.

I've got the style shown in the second picture on either of these URLs: http://fixitnow.com/...peoicemaker.htm or http://www.repairclinic.com/0080.asp in a Whirlpool refrigerator. Whirlpool was particular unhelpful in trying to find a replacement plastic arm, but I've solved that problem. (Yes, that's a simple coathanger with a rather complicated series of bends ™ to reinforce the oddly designed actuator which easily breaks when any other member of the house puts heavy objects on top of the shut-off arm.)

After operating with the new 'armature' for several weeks, the maker stopped again. I've tried some of the troubleshooting steps and determined that 1.) I can manually jump the 'H' and 'T' ports to cause a cycle and that 2.) I have a 110v reading on the test points 'N', 'M', 'T' and 'V', but no reading on 'H' and 'L'.

The freezer freezes, no problem.

As the gurus you are, I'm sure you'll have some ideas for me to continue troubleshooting. $50 will get me a whole new unit, but no spirituality in knowing I was able to overcome this small difficulty.

Thanks in advance.

-Darrell

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:26 PM

Would guess your "on/off" arm might not be letting the board know the ice maker is "on".  What plastic arm??  Have not seen this in a Whirlpool, are thin metal on/off arms.  Your second link shows parts to a range looks like.  Would guess your arm is not letting the ice maker know it is on or the thermostat in the head has gone bad. Just guessing here with the information posted
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 02:17 PM

Thanks for the post.

The plastic arm I was referring to is the white one in the picture. I've attached another with the arm in the module before I figured out the hanger fix. The metallic on/off arm appears to be working correctly as it changes the position of the switch inside the module from one side of the circuit to the other when it's lifted.

As far as the links are concerned, I just linked to them again and they go where I intended.

Any way to test the thermostat in the head?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 05:26 PM

Sure, ohm it out to see if it is good, but will have to be below 14* or so to read good, will be open above that temperature.
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