Dryer thermal fuse located on the blower housing. If the dryer does not heat or heats intermittently the coils could be defective. But a basic understanding of how a particular design operates can go a long way towards removing the mystery of intermittent malfunctions. I have had a couple of these icemakers apart and I'd have to agree with the factory in this case. If the ice level in the bin is too high, or if you raise the arm to the shutoff position, this switch opens and interrupts the thermostat circuit. It replaces many other belts, including some with 5 ribs and 4 grooves. A good rule of thumb is that one fluid ounce equals about 30 cc's.
Figure S-3 This may be caused by hard water calcium buildup, scale or corrosion of the ice mold surface. Shortly after the fingers pass through the 12 o'clock position, another cam attached to the driveshaft closes the fill switch for about 7-8 seconds and the mold fills with water. One controls water to the door dispenser and the other controls water to the icemaker. They are little, if any, more difficult to install initially, and replacement cartridges usually cost less than a new inline filter. This stops the drive motor, and the icemaker is ready for another freeze cycle. It is activated by the bump on the cam for about six seconds near the end of the cycle. Depending on the design, either the harvest cycle is being triggered prematurely, or the cube is not freezing in the allotted time.
When the fuse is bad the dryer won't start or will run but not heat. Conversion kits are available to change most refrigerators from other icemaker designs to the crescent cube design if desired. While you're at it, check it for bad smell or taste, too. However, some people feel it's more prone to leakage than copper simply because the material is stronger. The second contact in the leaf switch is for the water fill. The motor then stalls, with the ejection fingers applying pressure to the ice, until the mold heats up enough for the cubes to separate from the mold. Then run several gallons of water through it until you see the water running clear.
Any higher, and the ice may not freeze fast enough or the thermostat may not trigger a harvest cycle. When the harvest cycle begins in hard-tray icemakers, a heater begins slowly heating the ice mold. This switch is activated by the ice level sensor arm. Don't you really just want to know basically how the bloomin' thing works, and then get on with fixing it? Some even have water shutoff valves built right into them to make filter changing even faster and easier. If you do use plastic, make sure you insert the brass sleeves into the ends Figure F-2 before installing the compression fittings. Our shipping policies are some of the best in the industry and we even ship Kenmore parts to Canada.
I've seen people tap into hot water lines to feed the icemaker, but I highly recommend against it. For example, the thermostat on the late model modular crescent-cube machine closes at 17 degrees F. Then, just to be safe, I throw away the ice that it makes for the first 24 hours. Sediment from improper installation or low water pressure may prevent the valve from closing fully. After the harvest rake sweeps the ice into the bin, the sensor arm drops back down into the fully-lowered position and closes the shut-off switch, unless the ice level prevents it. The result is extremely clean-tasting water, easily comparable with bottled water. Figure A-3 In refrigerators with water dispensers in the door, a dual water solenoid valve is used.
There is a third switch in the icemaker head; the shutoff switch. I'm not sure what causes it, but if you hear the icemaker ticking like a clock, and it's annoying you, replace the icemaker head. Freezer temperature in most cases should be between 0 and 15 degrees Farenheit. There is a water level adjustment screw inside the cover. Slush left in the ice mold may also cause overfill. Shortly thereafter, the holding switch opens, stopping the drive motor, and the icemaker is ready for another freeze cycle.
When the mold gets down to about 17 degrees, the thermostat closes and starts the drive motor, and energizes the mold heater. Use a calibration thermometer, available cheaply in most appliance parts stores. Gear alignment instructions are included with the new gears. Symptoms may take time to develop and recur if the machine is not fixed the first time. We will be sure to get you the best appliance parts for your specific Kenmore model each and every time you order. The motor gear can be pressed back on and glued with superglue.
Second, soft water is relatively acidic, so I am keeping my eyes open for any sign of deterioration of the ice mold coating, and I'm willing to eat an icemaker if it happens. Sometimes, some cubes may not eject properly and may stay in the mold. Use wire baskets and divider drawers to keep your food items organized in the bottom freezer. When the ejection mechanism is reset, the mold is refilled and the cam reaches the proper position, the cam allows the holding switch to open. About the only other fairly common complaint is thermostat failure. Warranty terms may vary in Canada. Low water flow through the saddle valve may cause the same symptoms as low water pressure at the solenoid valve inlet.
In both hard- and flex-tray machines, the solution is usually to replace the ice mold, or just the entire icemaker. A conversion kit is available to convert the refrigerator to a crescent-cube design, and I would highly recommend it. If no water comes out, check that the fill solenoid valve is getting voltage, and check for continuity through the solenoid as described in Chapter 1. And at the time of this writing, conversion kits are available for about 75-100 bucks. Ideally, the system should come directly from cold-water copper piping in the house. Our Kenmore refrigerator repair manual cuts out all the unnecessary theory and sealed system repairs that the novice will never perform.
You definitely don't want hot water actually entering the icemaker mold; the water would take longer to freeze and cause shelling or slabbing problems. Each filter provides 200 gallons of filtered water and should be changed every 6 months to ensure proper contaminant removal and flow rate. The water fill on these icemakers should be about 140 cc's and take 7. See Section 8-3, water supply problems. Figure X-6 Shortly after the fill switch opens, and waterflow stops, the holding switch opens.