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yikkievargo

10:37PM | 11/12/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
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Looking for help with an automatic ice maker. Mine works, but, makes ice very slow. I turn down the temperature, & climate, but it doesn't help. IU know there's a timer in there. How do I adjust that timer, & which way does it turn to increase the ice? Thank you.

rpxlpx

03:51AM | 11/13/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
The only timer I know of is the one that controls the defrost cycle. If you try adjusting that to speed up the ice maker you might end up with frost problems and no more ice cubes than before.
The process of freezing water by using cold air is ALWAYS a slow process. You might want to look at the tube that feeds the water to the ice maker to verify that it doesn't go near anything warm. Starting with warm water would make the ice maker really, really slow.

yikkievargo

04:28AM | 11/13/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
I know the defrost timer that you're talking about. It's at the very bottom of the refrigerator itself. That's not the one to adjust the ice maker. That defrost timer should never be adjusted at all, unless there's problems & ice build ups. If you remove the front panel on the ice maker unit, there's a screw there. I just opened it & marked on the screw is a + and a - to adjust this.It's all a matter of setting this the right way. Thank you for you time & answers.

homedoc

05:27AM | 11/14/01
Member Since: 05/21/01
71 lifetime posts
In our fridge we could never get enough ice because the metal bar that hit the ice to stop the process was set to low. This caused the ice maker to think the tray was full before it actually was. Be careful playing with this though. Because if you over adjust it, you may just open up your freezer and there will be nothing but ice. I think the plus and minus adjuster you are refering to is for the amount of water in the ice tray.

rpxlpx

07:00AM | 11/14/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I think homedoc must be right. I don't see how you can possibly set a timer to control the speed at which the water freezes - unless the ice maker had its own little cooler device. And I've never heard of that.

yikkievargo

10:14AM | 11/14/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
First, let me say that the ice in my ice maker is frozen. It just takes a long time for it to empty. This screw that I'm talking about has to do with, not the way it freezes the water, but, to do with a timer built into the maker itself, & this either increases or decreases the speed of which it emptys. At least that's my recall from an A/C repair man, who suggested that to me. I want to make sure of this, before I start turning. I did turn it 1/4 turn & beleive it or not, it made a little more than usual!The temperature in the freezer is a constant 0-5 degrees which is unnecessary. As I've said, it's frozen cubes, in the tray, but, doesn't empty fast enough, & that's what I think that screw does. It increases the rotation , so that the tray emptys & fills agin. If you know anyone who's absolutely sure about this, PLEASE refer them to me, with any suggestions! thank you guys. I really do appreciate your responses.

rpxlpx

06:39AM | 12/03/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Hi yikkievargo,
Sorry for the earlier confusion. My suggestion now is simply: Try it. I'd think you want to move toward the minus direction.
You might want to first mark the spot where it's now working, in case you want to get back to that later.

yikkievargo

10:02AM | 12/03/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
rpxlpx, Thank you very much for your concern & your help. I understand what you meant before about water freezing. It is frozen, but, takes a long time to emptyt out. That cycle needs to be faster. THAT is my problem. NO,the only way to change that is by increasing & decreasing the temperature settings.What I'm saying has nothing to do with that. The problem lies within the ice maker itself. Yes, this has some sort of aluminum rod that runs under the length of the tray itself.This, I think is some type of freezing element.I think that it may increase the temperature, but, I'm not sure. The screw that I mention, with the plus + & the minus - on it either makes the ice DELIVERY faster or slower. THAT is what I meant the entire time. I have adjusted the screw towards the + sign, & it seems to get a bit more ise, but, still, not much.If I leave the cover off of it, it works better, but, don't ask me how. I'm going to try to turn it in towards the - sign to se what it does. I did mark this already so don't be alarmed about it. I already took that precaution. Thank you again. All I can do, it seems, is to keep adjusting this both ways to get the ice to deliver faster.Unless, someone who knows about these things gives me an answer to this. Thanks again.

BoxmanDCB

05:52AM | 06/02/02
Member Since: 06/01/02
1 lifetime posts
There's not an adjustable timer control to make ice dump. The + - screw you see controls the size of the ice. The tubing you see under the tray is the heater to release ice from the tray easily. The tray thermostat senses that the tray has reached a certain temperature and signals the ice maker to begin ejecting the cubes.

Go to RepairClinic.com for a complete "How ice makers work"

Hope this helps!

yikkievargo

04:20AM | 06/03/02
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
Boxman, thank you very much for your reply. I think that you put it as simpliest as possible & I appreciate your comments. I adjusted it a while back & wherever it's set to, it's been fine. It's been making ice & has be doing this, since my last post. Thank you once again for your post & your help. Problem with ice maker is FIXED!
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