Fix Your Icemaker By Replacing the Control and Motor Assembly

One of the most common parts of a refrigerator that needs repair is the ice maker and water dispenser area.  If your icemaker isn’t making ice or the actual ice dispenser is broken, you may be able to fix it yourself by replacing the control and motor assembly.  Doing so could save you from giving up on your fridge and buying an expensive new one.  But if you have any trouble with this (or any) fridge repair, remember that Best Refrigerator and Appliance Repair Atlanta is always just a phone call away to help you.

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Do you need to change the Ice Maker Control Motor Assembly on your fridge? It’s a pretty easy job, and you only need a few tools; a ¼ inch nut driver, a Philips screw driver, and maybe a pair of needle nose pliers, and maybe a flat blade screw driver.  Let see how to do it.

The very first step we need to do before we begin the repair is to disconnect the power supply, and to turn off the water supply to the refrigerator.

The next step in this repair is to gain access to the ice maker.  We need to remove it so that we can access the Control Motor Assembly.  There are two screws located above the ice maker that just need to be loosened, and then we’ll just slide it from the frame on the ice maker, and one ¼ inch hex edge screw on the bottom that does need to be removed.

You want to loosen the top two, and we’ll lift up on the ice maker, tilt it out, pull it slightly forward and disconnect the wire harness at the back.

Next we need to remove the cover in front of the ice maker. Wiggle that a bit, and now we need to remove three Philips screws and also the belt. The first step we need to remove the belt.  Just pull it out of the hole in the back, and in it’s down position slide it completely out.

Once we have removed the three screws, gently grasp the face of that control motor assembly and pull it off the ice maker. Now the shaft has a flat D side on it, we need to make sure that our placement control motor is going to set up in this top corner.  We need to make sure that that shaft is going to line up, it’s easy just rotate the shaft from the ice maker side, line it up, until it slides on easily, press it into place, and reinstall the three screws.

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icemaker control and motor assembly-exploded

Next step will be to reinstall the belt.

You lift the back of it, a hole should be slotted downwards.  Slide that in, reconnect the back hole.  A quick test to make sure it locks in, in an upright position, or off position, and falls free.

Reinstall the cover, now we are ready to put the ice maker back into the fridge.

Take the harness way back connect it first make sure it’s snug, line up the fill tube with the hole in the back of the ice maker, slot it up on to the mounting screws, re-tighten all three screws.

Let’s now put it back in place, turn the water supply back on, plug the refrigerator in, and in a couple of hours we should have some ice cubes.

And that’s just how easy it was to change the ice maker control motor assembly on your refrigerator.

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How to Fix The Ice Maker On Your Refrigerator

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This is how you fix the ice maker on your refrigerator. If you are not sure if you can do it or not… sure you can it’s pretty easy, all we are going to need is a ¼ inch nut driver, and maybe a pair of needle nose pliers, and maybe a flat blade screw driver, let me show you how it’s done.

The very first step we need to do before we begin the repair, is to disconnect the power supply, and you turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. The ice maker is located in the upper left hand corner we’ll remove the ice bucket out of the way, there’s one ¼ inch hex edge screw in the bottom side of the ice maker that needs to be removed, and there are two that are located above the ice maker on the left wall that just need to be loosened.

Once we have loosened the two top screws, we can remove the bottom one, and gently lift up on the ice maker, tilt it away from the wall, and pull it towards you. Along the film tube, loops through the hole in to the reservoir, and exposing the wire harness connector at the back, lift up on this tab, on the wire harness, and separate it.

Next step we need to do is to transfer the shut off belt on the old ice maker, and install it on our new one, to do that, put it in the off position, to sit down position, just slide the back end of the hole and gently pull it out of the front end, now we can set that aside to install on the new one.

Now your ice maker kit probably came with several different wire harnesses, select the one that matches the harness that is on the existing ice maker, and if there isn’t one, remove the harness from your old ice maker, disconnect it, we need to remove the front of the ice maker, gently pull it forward, and we’ll expose the retaining clip that holds the harness to the ice maker head, take a flat blade screw driver, and just gently press in on that, press the tab pull the harness back in.

There’s a locating rib on this end of the harness to make sure that it goes in properly. Next step will be to install proper wire harness on to the ice maker, make sure the locking tab is pointing out, securely snap it into place, install that in the clip, and the harness is ready to connect.

Next we need to put the bale on the new ice maker, locate the long end, which goes to the front, make sure the slot is pointing down, slide it in, pop it back in. It should lock in the upright position, or off position, and fall free.

Next we’ll reconnect the wire harness, this harness will only go one way, make sure it’s firmly clamped in, now we need to locate the water fill tube, through the hole in the back of the ice maker, and tuck it up on to the mounting brackets, the ¼ inch screw that we secure the bottom with, reinstall that, if the ice maker is level, re-tighten all three screws, and our repair is complete.

That’s just how easy it was to change the ice maker in your refrigerator! Good luck with your repair.

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