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Old 03-29-2012, 08:40 PM
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Default Ice Maker only Makes Ice in 2 or 3 days
Model Number: GC5SHEXNB00   Brand: -brand-   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My ice maker makes ice but only dispenses it in 2 or 3 days.
I have used a hairdruer to melt the ice and start fresh.
I have checked water flow and seems ok.
Any Siggestions?


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Old 03-30-2012, 08:46 AM
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KP, Sorry, but we need a better idea of the issue. What or where is the ice you have to melt with a hairdryer? if it's actually in the ice bin, that would be a good indication of a sticky fill valve, or the dispenser flapper door is not sealing and causing the cubes to melt together. It could also indicate a faulty defrost component, causing the freezer to overheat(but you didn't mention anything about thawed food or "freezer burn".
Another quick check is, when you open the freezer door, the LED light on the right side wall, should be on solid, if it is blinking (2 blinks and a pause) this would indicate an issue with the I/R sensor system, and could be a cause for the intermittent operation as well.
Give us a better idea of the issue and we can pin point the issue for you better.

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Default IR sensor Blinking 2 blinks and a pause

Looks like I am having the issue where you described 2 blinks and a pause on the IR sensor.
When I close the Infared door flap that is triggered when the door is closed by the ice bin, the red light stays on.
I unplugged the fridge from the wal and replugged it in.
The infared light stayed off until I pressed the Ice Magic button.
In then returned to the 2 blinks and pause as you described.
Any suggestions?
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Looks like I am having the issue where you described 2 blinks and a pause on the IR sensor.
When I close the Infared door flap that is triggered when the door is closed by the ice bin, the red light stays on.
I unplugged the fridge from the wal and replugged it in.
The infared light stayed off until I pressed the Ice Magic button.
In then returned to the 2 blinks and pause as you described.
Any suggestions?
Kp,
Based on your post information, you most likely have a I/R sensor system, that's on the way out. You'll need to order

Part number: AP3137510

Part number: AP3137510


And install both boards. It's not a hard repair, and you can be up and running in no time.

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Joe,

When I received the Optics, I read the instruction sheet and the diagnostics procedure indicates my current optics are OK.

I do get the 2 pulses followed by the 1 second delay,and when I do press in the emitter flapper door, the LED is on Steadily.

The instuction sheet indicates the optics are working properly.

Should I still change the boards or is it something else?
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Joe,

When I received the Optics, I read the instruction sheet and the diagnostics procedure indicates my current optics are OK.

I do get the 2 pulses followed by the 1 second delay,and when I do press in the emitter flapper door, the LED is on Steadily.

The instuction sheet indicates the optics are working properly.

Should I still change the boards or is it something else?
Kpdon,
Being an intermittent issue ( works for a couple of days, then stops) the I/R sensor system is the most likely issue. For one reason or another, the I/R beam is turning off, and the reciever board turns the ice maker off, thinking the ice cubes have reached the top of the bin.

Since everything works for a few days at a time, You've pretty much narrowed it down to the board(s) or a wiring issue.

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Unhappy ice maker makes ice but only dispenses it in 2 or 3 days

Joe,
Replaced the boards and still have same issue.
Waited a couple of days and is still only dispensing in 2 or 3 days.
I have used a hairdruer to melt the ice and start fresh.
I/R light working the same as the original.


Should the I/R beam be on when the door is closed?
I used my video phone and did not see it on!
If the bin is foggy,will this stop the light?

Any suggestions?

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Joe,
Replaced the boards and still have same issue.
Waited a couple of days and is still only dispensing in 2 or 3 days.
I have used a hairdruer to melt the ice and start fresh.
I/R light working the same as the original.


Should the I/R beam be on when the door is closed?
I used my video phone and did not see it on!
If the bin is foggy,will this stop the light?

Any suggestions?
KP,
A couple of things. The I/R beam is always on, until you open the freezer door and the emitter beam is broken by the "flapper" on the wall. The beam is "shot" through the two cut outs in the top of the bin. Frost on the bin shouldn't affect the operation, But any frost should only be momentary, when the freezer door is opened. There shouldn't be any frost, unless we have an issue with the dispenser flapper or an air leak.
Are the ice cubes that are made, are they clear and solid, or do they appear to be layered, or cloudy ? You aren't attached to a reverse osmosis filter system are you ? Check and make sure the fridge compartment is not too cold, especially in the crisper drawers. Make sure there's an average air temperature of 38 to 40 dgrs F. in the fridge, and 3 to 5 dgrs.F. in the freezer.

Let us know what you find, we'll go from there.

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The ice cubes that are made appear to be cloudy.
I am hooked to a reverse osmosis filter system.
I have had the water company verify the required water pressure and my drinking water appears normal.
Checked the temperatures
Air temperature = 40 dgrs F. in the fridge,
and 4 dgrs.F. in the freezer.
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The ice cubes that are made appear to be cloudy.

I am hooked to a reverse osmosis filter system.
I have had the water company verify the required water pressure and my drinking water appears normal.
Checked the temperatures
Air temperature = 40 dgrs F. in the fridge,
and 4 dgrs.F. in the freezer.
KP,
Everything sounds great ... Except the reverse osmosis unit...
" Is the refrigerator connected to a cold water line with water pressure of at least 30 psi?
The water pressure to the home determines the flow from the dispenser.
Is there a water filter installed on the refrigerator? The filter may be clogged or incorrectly installed.
Is a reverse osmosis water filtration system connected to your cold water supply?
See Water Supply Requirements in either the Installation Instructions or the Use & Care Guide."

You'll need to check with the reverse osmosis company. They will need to install a "check" valve, or a regulator on the line to the fridge supply. There has to be a minimum, constant 30 psi (minimum) water pressure, to the refrigerator fill valve. When the filtration system "reverses" to clean itself, it's like turning the water off to the fridge, you have to, allow time for the tubing to fill back up, and flush any air in the system, before it will make ice properly, You also want to remove any inline filter and the refrigerator filter(if applies) from the system, as well.
Of course, the other alternative, is to disconnect the water supply to the fridge from the "RO" unit, and use the filter.

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