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 Posted: Tue Oct 19th, 2010 01:32 pm
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Thank you Appliantologists for providing this forum.

Last night I noticed our ice bin had a sheet of ice about 3" thick with cubes embedded.  I dumped it out and by this morning this is what I found.  Over the past several days, I noticed the ice being dumped into the bin was bigger than usual, and all connected.  Where should I start?  We've had the fridge for 4 years,and this is just one of several issues we've had.




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Run a manual harvest on the icemaker and see if you're getting a leak somewhars==> http://fixitnow.com/wp/2010/10/19/how-to-manually-start-the-harvest-cycle-on-an-lg-icemaker/



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Thanks for the response. 

Running a manual harvest was very easy, and i didn't even have to put down my Spaten Oktoberfest!  It kicked out the cubes, then I could hear it refill, but I did not see a leak.

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Do a few more harvest cycles. With that much water in the ice bucket, you either have an overfill situation going on intermittently or there's a temperature control problem in the freezer.



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I'll force some more cycles. The digital temp reading shows -0- for the freezer and everything seems frozen solid.

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OK. When I forced another harvest cycle, within a few seconds it started to leak. Water was dripping about 1" from the rear of the unit. Once it started to refill at the end of the cycle, the water flow into the bin was significant.

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Did you sop out the water from the mold between harvest cycles?



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No. Now that you mention it that was pretty dumb! I'll shoot you a PM.

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I was planning to hit the beer fund so I didn't become an apprentice.

Is there a trick to sopping up the water?

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No trick, it's as menial as it looks. You can either use a sponge or loosen the mounting screws and tip the icemaker.

No need for PMs-- all discussion is best kept in the topic.



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Thanks. I sopped it up and ran another harvest and no leak.

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New info this morning.  I ran a harvest cycle and it dumped the ice and refilled with water.  Nothing unusual.  I checked it about 5 minutes later, and it was leaking as a steady drip.  I poured a little over 2 cups of water out of the ice bin, and then stuck my fingers in the mold at the far left of the ice maker and it was still full of water.

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Where was the drip coming from? Take some purdy pitchers and upload 'em to a free online image hosting site then post the links here.



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If you look close you will see an arrow I drew toward the back of the unit.  This is where the water was dripping.

But...when I got home tonight there was only a very small amount of water(sheet ice) in the bin.  I think it is left over from last night.  There were some loose cubes. Three times today I heard the cubes harvested, and ran in to watch the rest of the cycle and nothing leaked. At one point early this morning, the unit would not run a harvest cycle so I turned it off then on after a minute.  After this it ran a harvest cycle after holding the button in.  I did accidently hit the vertical white piece at the back of the unit.  It was a little loose but other than that I didn't do anything.

I know it's not like re-booting a computer, but could cycling it off then on fixed an overfilling issue?  The only other thing I can think of is that maybe the white vertical piece was mis-aligned.


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Well that was wishful thinking!

This morning there was another sheet of ice in the bin so I forced a harvest cycle. It kicked out the cubes which were about 70% solid. Then I heard the water fill. About a minute later, water started to flow from behind the last fin on the side,above where the arrow is in the picture, the the left of the blue sticker. It looked like the flow started about half way up the fin.

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The dribbling water in this instance may have been from water left over from the last ice cube batch. You said that the ice cubes were about 70% solid, so some of that water may have leaked out of the cubes and remained in the mold. So the next time the ice maker filled there was too much water in the mold and the excess dribbled out.

I'm wondering at this point, if we have a problem with incomplete cube formation. Have all of the ice cube spins solid? Or was your seeing the partially solid cubes an anomalous event?

The other thing to try is to adjust the fill level in the icemaker to minimum/small.

Try that and let us know how it turns out.



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Normally no problem with cube formation.  It was just this batch as I forced the cycle .

I'll try to set the cube size to small and see what happens tonight.  Thanks for sticking with me on this.

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Morning update - I did not have time to switch cube size last night due to a family medical issue. :puke:Wife may need to get her gallbladder out later today.:ninja:

Anyway, it was set for medium sized cubes over night and there was a 1"sheet of ice in the bin under some cubes that were mostly attached to each other and fully frozen.  I switched it to small cubes so I'll see what I find later today.

 

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Another update. Just able to check and there is more water leaking. As I was staring into the fridge looking for a snack, I heard cubes being harvested so I opened the freezer to watch as the water filled. No leaks, so I decided to sit there and watch for a while, knowing at some point water was getting into the bin. After about 5 minutes, water started coming from the same spot as the arrow in the picture earlier. I didn't time it, but it was about 5 minutes, maybe a little more.

Also-no surgery yet. Still don't know what's going on.

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Been away but haven't seen a response. Wife is not doing well so I've been at the hospital a good bit. I'll check in tomorrow.

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