This has *got* to be simple; but I'm just not seeing the answer, so I
thought I'd post it here.
I have a side-by-side Maytag frig/freezer with an automatic icemaker and a
through-the-door cube/crushed/water dispenser. The icemaker is working just
fine. The dispenser is fine for the water & crushed ice, but on the cube
setting, it still gives crushed ice. I can't get cubes thru the door.
One more interesting clue. The problem began during the power blackout
during Hurricane Isabel. We lost power for three days; and when the power
came back on, no cubes thru the dispenser. As far as I can remember, I
didn't do anything else weird to the unit.
FYI: the removeable inside cube tray has a long rod lever that extends from
a hole in the back of the freezer to engage something in the dispenser. If
I were a betting man, I'd bet this lever is supposed to adjust something in
the dispenser to allow the whole cubes to bypass the crusher; but I'll be
darned if I can figger it out.
I see that; but there is a definite "solenoid sound" when the system is
activated, so I just checked it out by putting a video camera in the freezer
& triggering the system. Both the solenoid and feed motor are doing their
jobs as far as I can see.
Any chance it's something in the front mechanism of the ice tray? I ask
because although I can manually manipulate that rod, it doesn't cause any
change to the dispenser. From looking at the dispenser mechanism, it appears
the default position forces the cubes into the crusher. My expectation is
that the rod arm, when activated by the solenoid, should alter the path of
the cubes to allow them to pass by. That doesn't happen automatically, and
I can't make it happen manually. It just seems to be stuck where it is.
Because of the power outage origin, I had first thought maybe some water had
gotten into the mechanism & froze, so my first attempt was to empty the tray
& leave it at room temp for a day. Obviously that didn't work.
Thanks (& neat site btw)
Well then that's where the problem lies, as I suspected. The flapper isn't
flappin'. Looks like I'll have to get a set of those funny-looking Torx
drivers & take the darned thing apart. (Still easier than taking the
icemaker out though. )
Just as a followup FYI, taking the tray mechanism was the ticket. Somehow
(and I have no idea how), the flapper got stuck on the wrong side of a small
stop. A few screws, a little pop and all is right with the world.
This is Turtle.
Yes, You have a switch lever problem and your just not enguaging the open
hole for cubes and stuck in crush mode. I'm not versed on these types of ice
dispencers on Maytag. Hang around a little bit and Dan-0, Jeff, and aww aww
awww you know them all will get to you. I just about quite working on ice
boxes for having bigger fish to fry with Commercial hvac and refrigeration.
I use to love to work on them but there is no good money in them and I have
some bad habits like eating , driving a new truck every few years or so, and
having a roof over my head to not get wet when I sleep at nite. If I did not
have these bad habits, i would love to work on them. Maybe one day I can
break off from these bad habits and go back to the refrigerator work.
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