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Fun and games with ice maker......
« on: Oct 21, 2018, 02:20:59 AM »

So, I was out of town for a couple of weeks and came home to an ice cube bin full of frozen water and big chunk of ice inside the freezer.....

 :yikes:

Happened last time I was out of town too.
Thought it was a fluke last time, did some minor testing and didn't find anything.
 :dunno:


Did a lot more testing this time,  and

didn't find anything wrong with the solenoid or anything else.
 :headscratch:

Lots of internet searching and then   it ALL made sense.
It seems that the water solenoid needs a minimum pressure to work or it starts leaking.
 :o

Before I went out of town, (and the previous time) I started to turn the main water valve off.  (old house, had a pin hole leak in the crawlspace about 6 months ago, so I figured I should start turning main off when out of town)
So when the water pressure dropped (either an ice cycle or a toilet fill (those flapper valves aren't perfect)) my ice maker started overflowing.....
 :smack: 

So when you turn off the water main, turn off the ice maker too.
 :yupyup:
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Re: Fun and games with ice maker......
« Reply #1 on: Oct 22, 2018, 05:24:39 AM »
Something I would have never thought of. Is this a large ice maker or the one in a regular freezer?
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Re: Fun and games with ice maker......
« Reply #2 on: Oct 22, 2018, 08:15:31 AM »
Something I would have never thought of. Is this a large ice maker or the one in a regular freezer?

Sounds like it's the normal freezer one.
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Re: Fun and games with ice maker......
« Reply #3 on: Oct 22, 2018, 02:40:49 PM »
Freezer.

I think a cycle tripped, then there wasn't any water pressure to close the valve and it dribbled until the line emptied.

Releasing the residual house pressure after turning off the main should do the trick too.
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