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Frigidiare French Door - Ice Maker Not Working

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Model # FPHB2899LF

Serial # 4A02114733

 

I have installed the upgrade kit for this ice maker, and still I am not getting any ice.

 

The icemold is in the left position with no water or ice in the mold. When I run through the troubleshooting guide, all of the tests check out ok.

 

I am not sure where to go next.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

 

 

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Checked the electrical connections and they all appear to be good.

 

Interesting part is that I can pour water into the ice mold and then turn on the ice maker. The mold will move into the left position and freeze the cubes. The harvest cycle is suppose to start when the ice mold temp drops to 28 degrees. I have checked the temp and it drops to 24 degrees, but will not start the process.

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It would be a good Ideal to check the thermistors, in the ice compartment? for proper resistance at the different temps. Scott I can't get your link to work.

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What's the temperature inside the freezer? Does it get colder than 24 F?

I think it needs to be around 16F for it to start cycling on it's on.

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What's the temperature inside the freezer? Does it get colder than 24 F?

I think it needs to be around 16F for it to start cycling on it's on.

I always tell people to check fridge temps first when there is an ice maker problem and I explain why. So they can remember for future references (but mainly so they call me as opposed to ignoring a failed ice maker), I tell them the ice maker can be like a canary in a mine shaft as it can let you know there may be a catastrophic major problem on the horizon... or a bad valve. Edited by DurhamAppliance
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That crazy piece of crap icemaker isn't in the freezer compartment.  It has it's own compartment in the refrigerator section with it's own evaporator and fan system along with a complete computer to run the show.

 

I'm sure glad I've never had to work on one of these yet, (If I get one I will refuse the job!!!).

 

I was amazed at that contraption the first time I had seen one, it was right where it belonged, in the scrapyard probably only a year or less old and scrapped out.

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I will only work on them if it's an out of warranty call. I refuse to work on this piece of crap for Frigidaire's warranty rate of $60.

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That crazy piece of crap icemaker isn't in the freezer compartment.  It has it's own compartment in the refrigerator section with it's own evaporator and fan system along with a complete computer to run the show.

 

I'm sure glad I've never had to work on one of these yet, (If I get one I will refuse the job!!!).

 

I was amazed at that contraption the first time I had seen one, it was right where it belonged, in the scrapyard probably only a year or less old and scrapped out.

 

 

 I didn't even look at the schematic and have never worked on one before neither. I will study it just to understand it....but I will refuse to work on it as well.

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I  went on a call for an icemaker not working. Got there an looked at it a liitle then told the customer I was sorry but they'd need to call someone else. I couldn't get away from it fast enough. That's the kind of ignorance that upsets me at engineers.

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A couple of videos that may help:

 

 

 

 

 

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I will study it just to understand it....but I will refuse to work on it as well.

 

So you're going to go get your engineering degree and computer science degree just to understand how that thing works then just throw all that learnin time way by not using it??? :kopkrab:  :kopkrab:

 

I got a headache just reading the tech manual telling how to run diagnostics on that piece of crap!!!!

 

I think Frickadaire locked a bunch of engineers in a lab and made them all drop a couple tabs of acid and said make us an icemaker that no one can figure out and that will never work right most of the time!!

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So you're going to go get your engineering degree and computer science degree just to understand how that thing works then just throw all that learnin time way by not using it??? :kopkrab::kopkrab:

You mean you don't study things you find interesting even though there is no expected practical use for it? I find that just as perplexing. Guess that's why folks are different, huh? Heck, I study many things I expect never to use. Military strategy/history for example.. Hannibal's victory at Cannae... fascinating.. have several books on it but I don't plan on double enveloping anyone in the forseeable future. Last month I spent time learning and quizzing myself on US state capitals. No need for me to do that, visiting all of them certainly ain't on my bucket list. (now comes the "however" part)

However (see, told ya), studying something even tangentially related to what I do for a living, brings the added benefit of potentially increasing my value. Especially if I enjoy it. Who knows, there may be a brilliant concept hidden in there. If not, I will still learn something valuable. One learns from studying success and how to do something but one can learn just as much from studying failures and how not to do something.

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However (see, told ya), studying something even tangentially related to what I do for a living, brings the added benefit of potentially increasing my value. Especially if I enjoy it. Who knows, there may be a brilliant concept hidden in there. If not, I will still learn something valuable. One learns from studying success and how to do something but one can learn just as much from studying failures and how not to do something.

 

 

Wisdom!  Let us attend!  

 

I've come to realize that anything you learn just adds to your Life Bag o' Tricks.  All those Fun Facts to Know and Tell get dumped into that big cement mixer betwixt our ears, recombining with other stuff and WALLA! the next great Apple computer is invented, or the next great mouse trap is born.  Plus, continually learning new things, anything as long as it's new to you, is the single most effective way to keep from getting Alzheimer's.  And it's just plain fun.  

 

On a more practical side, learning about new technology, even if it's poorly conceived and executed, can only have a direct benefit for us.  We're in the technology trade, mah bruvahs, and the more technology you learn, the more you gain insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly that's out there in the appliance world.  For Professional Appliantologists, that can only translate into higher earning potential.  

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AMEN! My inquisitive brothers of appliantology.  

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I study almost every early morning & evening about appliance repair (except when fishing then I study the water, birds, fish slicks, etc.)  I bone up on everything I am going to tackle today tomorrow & next week.   Makes me better prepared and a better service repairman. :thumbsup:

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I guess it didn't really come thru very good, that was suppose to be a funny....  :wacko: 

 

I totally agree with every you you said Durham!!!!

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I think everyone knew that Willie. Ya gotta admit it was funny how it blew up on ya though. :woot:

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You never know what you get when you open a box of chocolate. :turned:

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too many big words....

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<<<too many big words....>>>

 

************************************

 

Actually every "big" word becomes quite small when they're known/understood :)

 

Some people are indeed very intelligent---and the use of "big" words is a natural.

 

Others use "big" words as a tactic to overwhelm an opponent during a debate/discussion. Much like Hannibal's double-envelopement strategy in war.

 

At times---"big" words are used to *conflate*---as a tactic (otherwise known as a "throwing a curveball")

 

These tactics are often employed by someone standing on uncertain or "shaky ground" during a robust debate (or has a weak hand so to speak).

 

Sorta like having a chat with a guy---who inexplicably switches to russian instead of english. <laugh>

 

 


 

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Thanks for the all the great advice, and rants! :rocker: If I had hair, I would be pulling it out by now as still no ice.

 

I checked the resistance on the thermistors. According to the chart in the service manual they are working. The Ice Mold is at 19 degrees, so it is cold enough that the harvest cycle should start.

 

I also checked the temps in the freezer and refrigerator compartments, 3 degrees and 38 degrees.

 

I have ran every test you can when in service mode, and they all come back as good.

 

The only problem I did find was that the IM evaporator fan was not running. Fixed the connection and it is working now.

 

Any other thoughts, other then target practice?

 

I may just opt to add an ice maker in the freezer compartment. If any body knows the correct model# for that, it would be appreciated.

 

 

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... The harvest cycle is suppose to start when the ice mold temp drops to 28 degrees.

Harvest cycle starts when the Mold Thermostat drops to +15F or colder,

but a higher temperature shouldn't prevent Fill

 

Did it pass the Water Valve Test ?

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Yes it does pass the water fill test.

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Harvest cycle starts when the Mold Thermostat drops to +15F or colder,

but a higher temperature shouldn't prevent Fill

 

Did it pass the Water Valve Test ?

The 15 degrees is for the ice maker in the freezer compartment. I am working on the fresh food ice maker. Service manual states 28 degrees for the harvest cycle to start.

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