Troubleshooting an Ice Maker Which Makes Too Much Ice Troubleshooting an Ice Maker Which Makes Too Much Ice
When troubleshooting ice makers there are a number of different steps to take and things to check. By checking all of these different things you will be able to ensure that your ice maker is working correctly. If you have an ice maker which is making too much ice then this could be for a number of different reasons. You will need to carefully diagnose the problem so that you can correct it and repair it as quickly as possible.
If an ice maker makes too much ice then it can be a waste, it can also make a mess because so much ice will be flowing out of the top of the ice maker and into your freezer. Spend time diagnosing the problem so that you can correct the fault as quickly as possible.
Type of Ice Maker
Depending on the type of ice maker you have the directions for troubleshooting will be different. Some of the better ice makers are component based, this means that they are made out of a variety of different individual components which can be replaced independently of one another. A component ice maker will normally have exposed gears which are clearly visible.
Other ice makers are modular and this means that they have fewer components. The components are grouped together to form larger modules. In a modular ice maker you may have to replace the entire shut off arm. Modular units often have holes marked with letters for testing purposes.
Before carrying out any work on your freezer ice maker system it is essential that you turn the power off. Working on your freezer while it is still connected is very dangerous, especially since you will be in contact with water at the same time.
Unplug the freezer from the power outlet yourself. Don't ask someone else to do it because you will only know you have disconnected the correct appliance by checking yourself.
Shut off Arm
A shut off arm is a device which is designed to prevent too much ice being made. This is a switch with a large handle which goes over the top of the ice bin. If too much ice is made this will push the arm up and stop the production of ice.
If the arm is damaged or broken then this could be a reason why too much ice is being produced. If the shut off arm has broken or become detached then this will mean that too much ice is being made and it will never stop.
You should test the shut off arm by manually lifting the arm right the way to the top so that it is in the locked position. Turn the freezer back on and check that no ice is being made. If ice is still being made then this is not a problem with the lever itself but it suggests a problem with the control module. Order a replacement control module and install it yourself or have a professional install it for you.
Shut off Switch
With a component based ice maker you will want to dismantle the entire ice maker so that you can access the individual components. Dismantle the shut off switch and check the condition of the components. If any of the components have corroded or become damaged then these will either need cleaning or replacing.
Check that the switch is working correctly by using a multi-meter set to measure resistance. This way you can check that the switch is connecting as it should when it is pressed. If it's not then the entire switch will need replacing.