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Old 09-20-2018, 06:31 PM   #1
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Norcold ice maker giving me FITS!!

I know, I know, the ice maker is not Norcold, whatever. It used to work just great. Two days before the trip I'd drop the arm and it would fill the ice container. My beautiful half had ice for the "medicinal tonics" required to put up with my stupid self. The the ice maker started overflowing water during the fill. I removed it, everything looked good, so I put it back in. Again, it's building stalagtites (stalagmites?) on the floor of the freezer. I tried the adjust screw under the stupid cover (did you know there used to be a knob out thru the cover? I wanna kill the guy who took that knob out!) Half turn here, half turn there, full turn, two full turns, then four full turns in a clockwise direction iaw directions I found on the interweb, still got stalagtites. So I found a new one online for $35 and I thought "I'm done". I open the outside access to the fridge and unplug the icemaker. I go get the tools, and in the last ten seconds, the water line to the solenoid has a pin hole leak!! YGBKM!! So now I have to replace this stupid waterline too. I'v had the same waterline in my snb for 20 years, no leak there. I replaced this line 3 years ago and it's leaking again?? GRrRRrrrrrrr.....
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Simple solution.......been using them for years



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Old 09-20-2018, 09:47 PM   #3
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Another option

For really hot summers in TO i bought a table top ice maker at Sam's on black fr i for$69.00
Think current price is $89.00 brand is Tramontia. Set it up outside it'll keep up with "medicinal bevreages" or will keep some frosty foamy beverages in a cooler out there too.
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:29 AM   #4
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For really hot summers in TO i bought a table top ice maker at Sam's on black fr i for$69.00
Think current price is $89.00 brand is Tramontia. Set it up outside it'll keep up with "medicinal bevreages" or will keep some frosty foamy beverages in a cooler out there too.
Cut line at pinhole and use a shark bite fitting to splice back together. 5 min. Fix
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Cut line at pinhole and use a shark bite fitting to splice back together. 5 min. Fix
MONEY!! I have actually done that exact repair before in my snb many years ago, but hadn't thought to do it here. Of course. Maybe even put in a 90 to take out the bend, if there is such a thing. Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:19 PM   #6
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And just like 98Dynasty said, "5-minute fix." It's not leaking anymore. And I was this close to replacing the line.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:04 AM   #7
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The solenoid operated valve on the back of your fridge is basically the same as those used on domestic refrigerators. They are notorious for developing miniscule leaks. When they do, they can overflow the ice-maker, like you are experiencing. On domestic refrigerators, they can sometimes leak so slowly that the inlet in the freezer is able to freeze closed. When that happens, the ice maker quits producing ice, and the little line up the back of the fridge from the valve to the ice-maker experiences full city water pressure, which it is not really designed for. If you're fortunate, you notice the lack of production and fix the problem. If you aren't so fortunate, the lines can pop off of one of the fittings at either end. We've had that happen to multiple refrigerators over the years. Water cleanup on aisle one!
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And that would explain why turning the full set screw on the ice maker did nothing. Easy fix, maybe I should replace that too. Thanks for the hint. Is iRV2. com money or what.
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Simple solution -- too 1960s, but thanks
Replace Icemaker -- I did, same problem, $60 gone, nice try -- NOT
Replace Solenoid -- Close, but a bit too much, $100 for nothing
It WAS the solenoid, but it was easily fixable. I have never drained the ice maker solenoid for the three years we owned this rig, and no problem for the first two years. But the winter of 2017-18 here in Utah must have frozen it. That freezing pushed the internal parts of the solenoid out of position. I found this Norcold Service Bulletin that led me straight to the problem. 15 minutes with a pair of needle nose pliers and she's making ice again and should have cost me nothing. Now I know I have to take both sides of the solenoid apart, blow it out and bag it.
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