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 Posted: Fri Apr 24th, 2009 03:44 pm
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juliejulie
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It is finished.  I bought the water valve at my locally owned appliance parts store and now I have solid ice cubes.  And they're big, too, because I had adjusted the water fill time to maximum in my previous attempts to solve the problem.  Thanks for all ya'lls help!

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Now over 1 year later, I got tired of the hollow cubes, and ordered a new icemaker. To my surprise, this did not fix the problem. It actually made it worse. So I reread this thread, and now I have to say that Freonbob had it right. Sorry Freonbob, I did not listen. It was not an unlevel freezer though, it was just not getting enough water.

One day after I heard the icemaker refill, I dumped an dose of extra water into the mold. Low and behold the cubes were not hollow. But now I can see why also.  The mold fills from the back, and overfills from one cube over to the next, so if there is not enough water the front cube mold doesn't get full. Then, the freeze thermostat, on the front mold, is exposed directly to the cold air and not the water, so the cycle is prematurely harvested.

I ordered and installed a new solenoid valve. This did fix the problem. I notice now that the when the icemaker refills I cannot hear the water running. Before, with the old valve, I could hear a hissing as it refilled. So this tells me the water flow was restricted.

Thank you again. I am very appreciative of the advice I have received here.

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