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I read the manual . . . http://www.u-line.com/data/pdfs/30099_Rev3.pdf and followed the instructions on page 10 for "Condenser cleaning" and "Ice

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Old 03-16-2008, 12:21 PM
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Red face U-line Icemaker/Fridge fan making grinding/whining noise and no ice.
Model Number: CO29FF   Brand: -other-   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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I read the manual . . .

http://www.u-line.com/data/pdfs/30099_Rev3.pdf

and followed the instructions on page 10 for "Condenser cleaning" and "Ice maker maintenance", but the ice maker is still not making any ice and the fan in the back of the ice maker chamber is making this annoying grinding/whining noise. I confirmed that it is the fan in the back of the ice maker chamber by putting a card through the cover grill of the fan, which stopped the fan turning and the noise it was making. I did not want to use WD40 for fear of contamination. Even using some cooking oil in the spray can hesitates me. But I don't know what else I should do?

I disconnected the water hose connector and toothbrush cleaned the sediment from the inlet screen, but still no ice is being made. I confirmed that there is plenty of water going through the water hose up to that point, but can not tell where it goes after that.

The ice maker bin arm is definitely down and the ice maker chamber feels extremely cold. Even the drinks in the fridge part of the unit feel plenty normally cold.

Can anyone help me with this problem?


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was ice maker problematic before fan problem? if both problems happened at same time replace fan motor and see what happens.it needs replacing any way according to your description
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It has been making that noise for a long time, maybe 1-2 years, but since I use this mainly for ice, it is kept off nearly all the time. I turn it on maybe once a month, when I know we are going to have people over, etc, so I can have the ice. The ice was working up until the last time I used it, which was maybe 2 months ago, but again the fan noise has been there for much longer.

So, should I still replace the fan motor? Also, how do I do that? From the back of the unit? There is all this yellow foam covering the back of the unit. Or do I replace it from inside the unit?
I have been trying to find a parts/schematics diagram for this model and I can't find it anywhere. What should I do?
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After dismantling and examining this unit all day yesterday, I finally got the noise from the fan in the ice box to stop by lowering the thermostat from max to min. Ice is now being made, albeit cloudy and dirty, but hopefully after a while it will get better and the noise has finally stopped.

Does anybody know what that fan in the ice chamber is for and why it stopped making the noise when I turned the thermostat down?
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You are right, trying to get lube into that evaporator motor will be tough and I suspect that's the source of the noise. Spraying lube into that

The fan motor is replacable through the removable cover in the back of the freezer section. But, it's a little tight.

If the fan is not operating properly, that can effect the ice production. We'll know that when the motor gets changed out. Another thing to try is to warm up the control setting. This one senses in the icemold and turning the control colder can offer less ice (as odd as that sounds). Try setting the operating control to the mid point or a little warmer.

You can visit U-Line Service - Welcome to U-LINE Service or call 1-800-779-2547 for help directly from U-Line. You will be able to locate a servicer or locations to order parts.

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