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 Posted: Mon Jul 5th, 2010 12:30 am
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Please help me get rid of one of the many noises produced by this fridge.

We have had it about five years and it has worked well.  The ice maker was NEVER hooked up to water and was shut off after a week or two because of the same annoying noise that we are hearing now  - - buzz-click    buzz-click    buzz- click 
every few minutes ad nauseum.

A couple of days ago I think the ice maker may have gotten switch on again due to a tendency to cram stuff into every empty little crack and crevice of the freezer by one of the members of this household (no names to protect the innocent).

When the unit was originally shut off (about 5 years ago) the chrome wire device was removed as it was seen to be unnecessary.  While it was no doubt placed in a very safe location, that location has become something of a mystery so, I need some specific help now.

Another piece of background - I have just come home from my sixth eye surgery in the past 14 months and I am not supposed to lift anything heavier than hamburger of a glass of beer for a few more days.  The help I need is in visualizing what needs to be done when I reach into the ice cube maker so I can shut of this annoying noise.

It would be great if someone could provide these details, maybe even a picture or two, so I don't have to unload and remove the freezer drawers and crawl in head first to figure this out.

My plan B is to go to Sears and see if I can beg or borrow one of those little wire units but Sears is about an hour away.

Any guidance would be very appreciated.

As much detail as possible please - the manual for this unit is a bit light on this kind of detail.

Cheers

One eyed (temporarily) Bob




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Bob, with out the wire this will be tricky. You will need a mirror and a small flat heat screwdrive. Looking at the back of the head of the ice maker on the upper left hand corner (if looking from behind) you will see the hole that the wire went into. Stick your screwdriver in the hole and turn it clockwise (if looking at the from behind. It will only turn about a 1/4 of a turn.

I don't know how the cam could have gotten rotated without the wire being in place if indeed it was rotated to the off position when the wire was removed.



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This makes ya wonder how this would "accidentally" get turned back on - you sure the noise is from the icemaker? you could disconnect the water valve to be sure



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OR remove the IceMaker ?



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If you can get it Bob (due to the 1 eye)...

Unplug frige or trip the breaker

Pop cover off the front of the ice make (pulls off straight foward)

Take out the 3 gold phillips head screws in the corners

Grab the brown plate and pull it toward you stratght off.

Pop cover back on

Return power to frige



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appl.tech.29501 wrote: Bob, with out the wire this will be tricky. You will need a mirror and a small flat heat screwdrive. Looking at the back of the head of the ice maker on the upper left hand corner (if looking from behind) you will see the hole that the wire went into. Stick your screwdriver in the hole and turn it clockwise (if looking at the from behind. It will only turn about a 1/4 of a turn.

I don't know how the cam could have gotten rotated without the wire being in place if indeed it was rotated to the off position when the wire was removed.

Thanks for the quick reply
I was able to get a small screwdriver into the slot and to turn it (about a quarter turn) but, it will not stay in position.  Feels like there is no catch when I turn it and it just springs back into its original position.  Not sure how this would happen either - maybe it has been banged around too much with "someone" trying to cram stuff into the freezer


This makes ya wonder how this would "accidentally" get turned back on - you sure the noise is from the icemaker? you could disconnect the water valve to be sure I wonder too (see above) - I am not sure how to go about disconnecting the water valve but will start looking.  Any easy instructions?

OR remove the Ice Maker ?
Probably an even better idea - any step-by-step instructions you could point toward.

Thanks for all the help
Bob



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its only (3) 1/4" hex it screws...2 on the top and 1 on the bottom (you may or may not have 1 on the bottom)

Remove the screws, unplug the harness and its done.



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AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!
I was able to remove the ice maker (thanks for the instructions) but the noise continues.  Any idea of what I need to look at next?

This unit is jam packed with food and so far it is still working fine. It is almost impossible to move the unit without a complete unloading - we hope that is a last resort.

I am concerned we are going to get caught with a bunch of mushy stuff so I am trying to be proactive.

My wife describes it a a click on and a buzzing sound lasting 10 to 20 seconds and a click OFF when the noise stops.

Any ideas appreciated.

Bob
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Could be the compressor start relay beginning to act up - see if you can narrow down where the sound comes from, and try to note if you hear the compressor running after the click, or just the fans



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Thanks

When I hear it, the sound seems to be coming from the lower freezer area - can't really distinguish which side.

After the first click it sounds like something is trying to run. When it clicks off I can only hear the fans but the compressor must be doing something because the fridge is cold and the freezer is freezing.

Ideas?  Other things to check?

Bob



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YouTube ?



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Is it routinely cosistent, like every few minutes or is it spuradic?



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Yes every few minutes.



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pull the refer out from the wall,remove the panel to the compressor area, get a beer and sit down and listen  ( you can do this with both eyes closed ) from where the noise is coming from............... Being a 5 year old Amana, it is a very good chance it is the start relay  on the compressor...order P/N 67005560, complete start package from repair clinic...............If that does not fix the problem the compressor is  going belly-up............

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