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106.89482996 Stand Alone Ice Maker - Block of ice on freeze plate, not releasing to cutting grid

SalM

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I have an older Whirlpool ( Sears model 106.89482996 or 6.89482996).
The machine stopped making ice. I changed the water inlet valve #W10801996. It started making and dropping a few batches of ice. After a few batches, it formed a block of ice on the freeze plate and around that area.
 

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Jake

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Hi, the model number should be 106.89482996

I'm not familiar with Stand Alone Ice Makers, but I did locate the tech. data sheet and I'm attaching it below.

At the bottom of page 1 it tells you how to get into diagnostics mode.

Let us know what you find.

Jake
 

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SalM

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Thanks!
I have had this problem before with this machine, it was intermittent. It then came back. What would you say would be the most likely culprit here?
 

Jake

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I have no clue my friend, Like I mentioned above, I have never worked on a Stand Alone Ice Maker in my life. 🙁

That's why I posted the tech. data sheet, so you can put it in diagnostics to see what happens.

I can ask Rick what he thinks it could be. I think he's worked on a few a these.

Jake
 

SalM

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Thanks. I have 2 of these machines. I am NOT an appliance tech but have replaced a bunch of parts on them. Fairly simple, but this issue has me stummped!
 

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I can't tell what I'm looking at in the picture. Is the ice around the refrigeration tube? Sounds like a partial restriction in the sealed system
 

SalM

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This is the part where the ice block formed. I could not get a clear pic. Looking into the machine the ice formed mainly in the left side, and seemed to extend in the back. There was water on the floor, so I assume there was melting that ran into the back of the machine. Hope this info helps.
 

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rickgburton

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OK, that's the evaporator. On your machine the evaporator is starving. It's most likely a restriction in the filter/drier or cap tube. It could be a refrigerant leak but leaks aren't usually intermittent. The filter/drier is designed to catch contaminants like moisture in the R134a before it goes into the cap tube and evaporator. The only way to confirm a leak or restriction is with a set of refrigeration gauges.
 

Jake

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Thanks Rick!

Jake
 

SalM

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from my limited knowledge, the filter/drier is part of the sealed refrigeration system, so not a fix it yourself type of repair without correct tools and equipment? On an older machine I’m not sure if I want to invest much money into it.
thanks again for the assistance
 
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