Social Buttons
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: Ice maker ejector arm problem

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    ontario
    Posts
    13

    Default Ice maker ejector arm problem

    Model Number: PLHS37EESB7
    Brand: Frigidaire
    Age: 1-5 years

    Hi, Twenty5

    I've been working on my 2 door side by side fridge for quite some time now and can't seem to figure out what is wrong.

    The problem is the ice maker.

    -It makes ice
    -Proper amount of water is injected into the trays
    -Heater tested and works fine

    Problem : The ejector arm (the rake that spins and pushes the ice cubes out), does not do a full cycle. I'm not sure if it's a random stop or not, but it stops at (what I think, to be random spots) and when it stops I can see the gears on the side go *click, click, click* as if the motor is trying to turn but it doesn't have enough power to. I know for a fact that it has enough power because if I hold down the switch for a few seconds it will indeed spin and push the ice cubes out.

    the gear spins about 1 or 2 millimeters and fall back down.

    If anyone out there knows a solution or need more information, please ask away! Haven't had an automatic ice cube maker for about a year now

    P.S. I finally have a holiday off to try to fix this.

    Thanks! Twenty5
    I will reply almost asap.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Murray, Utah, United States
    Posts
    18,686

    Default

    What I've seen happen on that style ice maker is, the brass motor gear that turns the white plastic gear will wear a spot out on the gear. I've also seen that brass gear break the plastic gear in the center behind the screw. Remove that screw and you'll see the center of the plastic gear is "D" shaped. That plastic piece that fits in the big gear is like a sleeve that goes through the cover and into the ice maker mold and the ejector rake fits into that piece so when everything is lined up the fingers are at nine o'clock position and the flat part of the "D" is at the top. Inspect those parts closely.

    Drive Gear 5304456658 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy. RepairClinic.com
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Drive-Gear-5304456658--00744203.jpg 
Views:	179 
Size:	17.1 KB 
ID:	4208

    The piece that fits inside that gear is called a detent: Detent 5304436610 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy. RepairClinic.com
    OWNER RICK'S APPLIANCE REPAIR
    APPLIANCE TECHNICIAN FOR 29 YEARS
    REFRIGERATION SPECIALIST
    ONLINE SERV TECH: ApplianceBlog.com
    CERTIFIED TYPE 1; TYPE 2.....REFRIGERATION SERVICE E.S.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    ontario
    Posts
    13

    Default

    behind the white gear, I believe the "detent" item, is there a special way the relay switches are aligned with the detend when the flat part of the D share is on top?

    thanks for the reply I really appreciate it!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    ontario
    Posts
    13

    Default

    sorry for the double reply, also the detend, I'm not 100% sure if If I think what you mean it is, is it the cylindrical piece that presses down on the relay switches at different turning positions? ... aka the part where the big white gear with the D shape fits snuggly onto?

    edit--- nvm. i know waht the detent is. I'll try to place it at the up position

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Murray, Utah, United States
    Posts
    18,686

    Default

    The ejector fingers fits into that detent so with the flat part of the D on the top the fingers should be pointing towards the rear of the ice maker and not loose or stripped inside the detent. Make sure you put the gear back on in the right direction. Don't flip it over.
    OWNER RICK'S APPLIANCE REPAIR
    APPLIANCE TECHNICIAN FOR 29 YEARS
    REFRIGERATION SPECIALIST
    ONLINE SERV TECH: ApplianceBlog.com
    CERTIFIED TYPE 1; TYPE 2.....REFRIGERATION SERVICE E.S.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    ontario
    Posts
    13

    Default

    okay I have just inspected the pieces. The white gear appears to be in tip, top, shape.

    I have aligned the D so that the flat part is facing the top and the ejector fingers are facing 9 o clock (or the rear).

    As for the detent, It's (ever so slightly) weared down. just the button parts inside. I really don't think that may be the cause. But there's a a good chance. I will order the detent piece that you have provided me.

    Are there any other diagnosis that you have come up with?

    Maybe I can check them while the piece is on order.

    Again, I immensely appreciate your reply and help in hand!


    (again, further analysis, I see why you may have come up with the idea that the detent is the issue since it has wore down a bit the relay switches are hit at the wrong time which triggers and triggers off the motor.)


    I have said that it stops at random positions, but mainly It stops at the 3 o clock position where the ice "slides" off" and at the 9 to 10 o clock position.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    ontario
    Posts
    13

    Default

    UPDATE: I have aligned up the fingers to the 9 o clock, held down the manual rotate switch to allow the arm to do 1 full revolution. As the arm comes a bit past the 9 o clock position, It pauses. Water is poured in and does not stop. This did not happen before, would you say that the detent wore down enough that the water relay switch is stuck on the on position?

    thanks in advance

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Murray, Utah, United States
    Posts
    18,686

    Default

    What I would like you to do is use your fingers on the ejector rake and pull it towards the front of the ice maker. At the same time I want you to watch the brass gear and the plastic gear to see if either one turns and tell me about how much force it took to turn them. Turn the power off to the ice maker first.
    OWNER RICK'S APPLIANCE REPAIR
    APPLIANCE TECHNICIAN FOR 29 YEARS
    REFRIGERATION SPECIALIST
    ONLINE SERV TECH: ApplianceBlog.com
    CERTIFIED TYPE 1; TYPE 2.....REFRIGERATION SERVICE E.S.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    ontario
    Posts
    13

    Default

    yup. to get it past the problem (where the arm stops moving) I would need very little force, I would guess enough to get it past a hump on the detend. (I would probably compare it to pressing a button on your monitor or keyboard... x1.5 or x2?)
    Last edited by twenty5; February 19th, 2012 at 02:29 PM.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    ontario
    Posts
    13

    Default

    more detail on the detend, I only see wear and "scratch" marks on the outside perimeter of the detend, i don't believe there's much or any damage to the indented parts for the switches. but chances are, might have shrunk... and changed the timing. Do you know of a place with quick delivery and avail on stock? thanks a bunch Rick

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: January 22nd, 2012, 08:57 PM
  2. Icemaker ejector home position
    By allenst65 in forum GE/Hotpoint
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: July 22nd, 2011, 09:07 AM
  3. Ice Maker Problem
    By wallyburger in forum Sears Kenmore
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: July 19th, 2010, 10:04 PM
  4. GD5SHAXLQ02 Ejector Blades not moving
    By z-vap in forum Whirlpool/Roper/Estate
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: May 23rd, 2010, 11:22 AM
  5. Kenmore Coldspot Ejector Jammed
    By cvthorn in forum Sears Kenmore
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: December 18th, 2009, 12:20 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
If you feel that you have benefited from this site, and would like to show your appreciation, you can throw a buck or two in the Appliance Blog Tip Jar - Thank you!
Facebook Page: ApplianceBlog Twitter: ApplianceBlog Google+ YouTube: ApplianceBlog