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Whirlpool EC5100XEB1 Evaporator thermostat loose


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#1 vee8power

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 07:06 PM

I found a free ice machine that's almost perfect for my needs. It's the right size, doesn't make a lot of noise or heat, and it has no stinkin' control board or thermistors!

The thing is though, the evaporator thermostat fell off the evaporator, a common problem I guess. The unit works fine if I switch it manually between freeze and harvest. This article has a whole section on this issue.

 http://www.truetex.com/icemachine.htm

I figure it's written for the DIYer when he now recommends using a bracket to wedge the thermostat bracket to the evaporator. That seems kind of cheesy to me. Soldering seems like the best option for somebody with the skill. Anybody have experience with this repair? What did you do? Solder, epoxy , or wedge it in?



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#2 BryanS

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 07:32 PM

Any pics of what the tstat looks like and where it is to be hooked? Can't say I've messed with this model ice machine.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:05 AM

Whirlpools method to fix this is a kit with a spring metal plate that wedges the t-stat sensor plate between one of the refrigerate lines and the evaporator plate.

 

Part number: 8201758

Part number: 8201758

 

Attached is the Whirlpool service bulletin R8178560 (January 2006)

 

 

 

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:00 AM

Thanks for the pointer, Willie.  I must've missed it.  Would've saved at lot of old EC5100s from the scrap heap if they had that fix available sooner.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

Yes, Thank You. I'll have to order one of those brackets. I was wanting to solder it but bending the lines is a risk.






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