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Which GE icemaker is better?

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I'm looking to add an icemaker to my older GE fridge. It says it takes a IM1 on the back :shock: so I'm sure any newer model would work with what I've read. Anyway, I see the IM6 is not well liked so what previous model is better?

IM3

IM4

IM5SS

Looks like you can get IM3s on eBay fairly often. The don't have a water level sensor or temp. sensor so would a IM4/5 be better?

Thanks!

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IM3 or 4 would be fine, be sure it is the whole kit with the valve and bucket and harness, etc if this is a new instillation.  'The IM6 electronic IM  has the water sensor and you see how well that mistake went over. 

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But I think the IM4/5/6 are all similar. I found something on GE's site that lumped them all together and said they benefitted from the level/temp. sensor.

I'll see if I can find it again.

Here it is:

link didn't work since I found it in history, here's the text.

Benefit of Refrigerator Electronic Icemakers IM4/IM6/IM5SS/Ukkit4n

An electronic sensor detects the level of water introduced to the icemaker during a fill and allows for a 2nd and 3rd fill if necessary (due to low water pressure, etc). This helps provide consistent cube size. The sensor also senses water temperature during the freezing process and will harvest ice once it's frozen. This can improve the rate of ice production compared to previous models which harvested based on time alone. The icemaker is turned on and off by a switch. The feeler arm detects when the ice drawer is full.

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All ice makers are time fill, the IM6 is being discontinued because it is an engineering nightmare, they are all failing.  The IM 1-4 are just changes in the ice mold material.  Get the one that replaces the IM1 but do not use the IM6 unless you want to be replacing it every few months.

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[user=533]Pegi[/user] wrote:

All ice makers are time fill... The IM 1-4 are just changes in the ice mold material.

Are you sure? The above text from GE makes it sound like the IM4 has a water level sensor.

Not saying your wrong though. :)

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Yes, it is still time fill for a certain amount of seconds,  believe 4, but if the sensor does not sense enough water in that amount of time because of low water pressure in the home or someone flushed the toilet or is in the shower or you are watering your lawn or the dishwasher is filling, you can fill in the rest, it will fill for another 2 seconds, and so on, till the mold is full. 

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Thanks for the clarification Pegi, now I know!

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I bought this a little while ago:

KIT IM-3, WITH ICEMAKER WR30X0327

$34.50 shipped to my door, new!

I would have liked to get a 4 or 5 for the level sensor but they aren't available as often, and for the price I paid...

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Yes, the IM-4 was the best.  PLease be advised the IM6 will not be available after the current stock is depleted. According fo a service bulletin from G.E. Replacement ice makers will be the WR30X328 for units with the round 4 pin connector and WR30X10012 for units equiped with the square 6 pin connector.

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What was the WR number for the IM6s?

Seems strange that the replacement is WR30X328 when I bought a WR30X327, one number lower. But the pic I saw shows an older style, with the wire arm.

See where I'm going with this? ;)

Of course all this is just merely talk, we aren't fixing anything!

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WR30X10014 is the ice maker only with the paddle instead of the wire on/off arm.  The IM6 is the whole new instillation kit .

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Does the WR30X328 have a paddle or wire arm?

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WR30X328 Replacement Mechanism for IM3, replaces WR30X318, Round head 4 pin cord. Wire arm.

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OK, it just clicked in my head your previous reply. The WR30X10014 is the unit that comes in the IM6 kit. GE is now replacing those junkers with the older style "tried and true" models. ;)

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The light comes on, finally....LOL   yes.............

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[user=2585]cwolfe[/user] wrote:

You have a typo at your otherwise nice-looking website. The slogan under your phone number at the top of the page says:

WE BROKEN APPLIANCES A THING OF THE PAST

and it should say:

WE MAKE BROKEN APPLIANCES A THING OF THE PAST

edited for typos!

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You're welcome. :P

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Hello, all,

 

I have a GE IM4 (WR30X10012) icemaker with one broken part - and I would rather not

spend up to $100 for a whole new unit when it is only one part I need, and then throw the entire old icemaker away. It's only about 2 years old.

 

Now I know it’s been said that there are no internal service parts available, but I took it apart anyway, and found the ‘head unit’ partially full of ice:yikes:, I believe because the fridge was not absolutely level.  After the ice melted, the broken part was easy to find as being the sweep arm lever that’s connected to the ice 'paddle' that senses when the bin is full.  It rides on the ice harvest cam.  It’s a plastic part that has a magnet on the end for the sensor on the circuit board to tell the unit when it has swept the ice bin for potentially ice blockages in the bin.  So I am wondering if anyone has a broken unit (IM4/IM5/IM6) they would part with or if by chance anyone sells these little bitty parts!

 

So the works were encased in a block of ice, and snapped the little part, but otherwise fully functional.  I found this a month ago, and was able to epoxy the thing back together, leveled the fridge, and the unit worked fine for a few weeks, to my wife’s amazement. But now the IM has stopped working again, I fear the epoxy cannot hold in the freezer climate.

 

This icemaker was very easy to take apart and it seems a shame to trash the whole thing for a small plastic part failure.  The part was very easy to remove and replace.

So if you have this part I need, I would be very interested in it.  Or if you have replaced a GE or Hotpoint icemaker, and if you're tossing one of these, and let me know what you would like for it!  I'll post a photo of the part if it helps.

 

I appreciate your time, everyone.

 

Thanks, Dana :cool:

drwurtz@yahoo.com

 

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I have several of these dead ice makers in here and all have that piece broken, seems to be a common failure...

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thanks, pegi, o grand master,

i took the IM apart again last night and the epoxied piece did break apart again.  but the ice had started accumulating in the bottom of the head unit again (0.5"), only after a few weeks :(.  the fridge and IM are both level, what could cause it to come in already?  looks like i'm in for a new IM, but i'm afraid of its same untimely death :poison:.   and this is the preferred IM4!

i was thinking about drilling a drain hole in the bottom of the case of the new one, but it will just put the ice pool into the ice bin!

any ideas?

grasshopper dana

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Only to replace the ice maker, make sure it is level and lower the ice cube size to help keep the water out of the head.  Also put some food grade silicone right between the mold and the head where they meet so the water will not "wick" from the mold to the head, right above the thermostat area, this was in a bulletin from G.E. to stop the water from migrating to the front.

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ok, master pegi,

i recall reading such scripture from your honorable site regarding applying silicone to stop the wicking.  will do.

but how does one lower the ice cube size?  i assume by adjusting the water height somehow - but i thought this IM4 was not adjustable? :? maybe i missed that part.

thank you for your kind advice.

dana

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Hummm, you may be right, the L.G. is adjustable, the g.e. might not be......

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