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Nicky

kitchenaide freezer ice maker. is this possible?

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Post 2002 refrigerator and the optic eye is reading the two flashes and a pause like it is supposed to on opening the freezer, but when shutting the adjacent flap I am not getting the solid red light. It is still blinking two flashes. The thing is, they are getting ice periodically. Sometimes a couple batches a day. I had them turn the freezer to colder setting because it was on the higher side and after 24 hrs no batch. Is it definitely the optic sensor and is it possible that it is working periodically? thanks

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Was your finger blocking the hole in the flapper when you closed it?  

 

Did you hold the door switch closed at the same time?

 

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no, all clear between the two points and i didnt depress the door switch. It is reading bad but wanted to know if anybody has ever come across a bad optic control that worked periodically.

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I've never seen the optics controls go intermittent. I have seen the ice makers go intermittent. What's the model number of the refrigerator?

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The model of fridge is KSBP25INSOO   I was thinking it could be failing thermostat in icemaker, but if optics are giving the reading to replace i'm assuming that needs done either way. Maybe the optics are having brief moments of clarity. I know on my kitchenaid a couple years ago I replaced my optics and it cured it, but I was getting no ice at all.

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Yep had one with cracked solder joints on the board. If red light does not stay on constantly when closing the flap it should be replaced.

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Btw, are the harvesting fingers on the ice maker in the proper resting position? And just to be certain it is the optics board, you can temporarily bypass it to check for a functioning icemaker. More than likely it's the optics based on the info you provided but I always like to double check boards when possible. Also the optics will blink, although usually in a different pattern, when the icemaker is in harvest mode.

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im just going to get the new optics. i will bypass and start cycle at receiver eye harness when I remove it, but like I said, she is getting ice from time to time. I was told that the icemaker was worked in in the last few years. She is not sure if it was replaced or if it was the optic controls. I would just rather see no ice at all instead of intermittent ice.

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Two flashes usually indicate the icemaker is a harvest cycle.  Remove the icemaker and inspect the module, particularly the drive gear cam.  Make sure the two tabs that fasten the drive gear to the module face haven't broken.  If one tab breaks off, the gear can get pushed away from module during harvest disrupting the contacts behind the gear.  I've had one separate during the fill cycle once.  Whoa, Nellie!

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the thing is, it always has the 2 flashes and I cant get the solid. Are you saying it could be stuck in the harvest mode? And like I stated, there is ice being produced from time to time.

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This is a basic ice maker, the shut off is just controlled by the Remitter set. Did the water valve and temperatures are OK, it can only be one of the two, IM or Remitter set. Diagnose the ice maker like you would any other, if it checks good your only left with the bad electronics.

I say this but, there's one other thing it could be. I've only seen it once, on a built KA, but it was a bad control the was sometimes sending power to the Remitter and other times not.

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