Ice maker has a mind of its own.

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Old 08-24-14, 11:30 AM
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Ice maker has a mind of its own.

The ice maker worked perfect until power was off for a day or two about a year ago, then it quit. Now when ever power goes off for a couple of hours, and back on, it makes a little ice for awhile then quits. When ever it works, the little teeth that turn that ice out into the bin hang up with ice on them, I knock that ice off and it continues. This time it is different, the solid half moon cubes it always made are now hollow plus we are finding water flooding into the bin and below. Any ideas ?Maytag model msd2651hes 26 cubic ft SxS.
 
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Old 08-24-14, 11:45 AM
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You aren't getting enough water into the ice maker. Could be due to a water filter or one of those crappy self-piercing saddle valves.

When the ice tray doesn't fill up completely with water..... the location closest to the front where the temperature of the tray is sensed.... gets cold too fast with no water to freeze and causes the ice to harvest too early. That's how you get hollow cubes.
 
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Old 08-24-14, 01:30 PM
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Water spills out all over and freezes together other cubes in the bin so we get water but it doesn't stay in the IM.
Could it be some way it incorrectly distributes water in the tray.?
The other thing is it starts working after power outages so maybe it's the water pipe freezes up and is now partially frozen?

What keeps the water delivery pipe from freezing up in the first place?
 
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Old 08-24-14, 01:36 PM
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Nothing keeps the pipe from freezing. The valve opens and delivers room temperature water. When the valve shuts off all the water drains into the ice tray and the fill tube remains empty.

A typical problem is the water valve not shutting off. If that were the case you would have ice all over the back of the fridge below the fill tube.

Like I mentioned earlier.... if there isn't enough water for it to reach the first cubes then the machine harvests ice that is partially frozen. The tray heating element heats up and then the partially frozen cubes melt making a mess.

You can use a flashlight and mirror to see the water level in the tray.
 
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Old 08-24-14, 02:50 PM
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The water in the door is slower than before too so that points go the filter as well.
 
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