Senior Apprentice Appliantologist
|Joined: ||Sat Mar 25th, 2006|
|Location: ||Spring, Texas USA|
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|I have a Frigidaire Gallery side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water in the door, model FRS24XGCD1. It has this icemaker: http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?RccPartID=941760&SeqID=0&Chg=4
I've had problems for a long time with water leaking off the back corner of the icemaker underneath the inlet cup and leaving a large ice blob. I was having to constantly reach in there and fish it out which isn't easy. Finally got tired of it and decided to fix it. Ordered a dual water inlet valve and installed it. I figured that it wasn't sealing all the way and causing the drip. I emptied out some ice from the bin and let it run overnight.
In the morning, the ice blob had returned. So the valve wasn't the problem. So the next thing I checked was the level. The ice maker body was ok back to back, but was tilted to the right, so I shimmed it up so that it was level. I pulled out the ice bin and dumped all the old ice so I could watch everything happen as ice was made. There was still a drip off of the back corner of the ice maker, but not as bad. I let it run overnight again.
This morning, there was ice and a small stalactite on the back of the ice maker again. So I pulled the entire ice maker assembly out to find out what the problem was. I found lots of calcium deposits and a piece of ice in a weird place near the back of the unit underneath the inlet cup. Turns out the ice stripper (white plastic piece on the side) has some silicone grease on it in a groove to supposedly seal the water in and to keep it from seeping out. Well, there was hardly any of this grease in there. And the stuff that was there was gunked up and in pretty bad shape, letting water drip out the back during the fill cycle. So what I did was disassemble the whole thing, clean off all the old silicone grease, clean off most of the main calcium deposits with the dremel tool, and put the ice stripper back on with lots of new silicone caulk along it's whole length. Especially at the back to the right of the inlet cup. I used the clear stuff you use on aquariums. After I reassembled the unit, I sat it on the counter to let the caulk cure. Here is a link to a picture of the ice stripper: http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?RccPartID=510397
I reinstalled the ice maker later this evening and watched it run through 5 cycles. It seems to be working ok now with no leaks or drips, so hopefully this problem is fixed for good. I wanted to share the information on the ice stripper so others can fix their units rather than spending $100 to get another one if they have a similar problem.