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Offline Msufinprof

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Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« on: March 23, 2013, 11:37:50 AM »
Our Whirlpool Gold SxS ice maker is making ice very, very...did I say very... slowly.  Also, the infrared sensor is blinking twice with a one second delay whether the line of sight for the light is blocked or the flapper door is held in and is clear...still blinking twice.

Any ideas on if I need to replace the light and sensor.  There is little to no ice in the tub and it will make two or three trays of ice per 24 hour period.  I have taken the ice tub out and made sure it is defrosted, taken the light and sensor on each side out and looked them over.  The teeth are in the two o'clock position.  What is my next move?

Thanks so much for any help.

Steve

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013, 02:16:11 PM »
Could be quite a few things, actually. I am no pro with optic boards so I wont go there. What I do on any no/slow ice call is take temp of ice room/area FIRST . NOT with an infrared gun. I use a K type thermocouple attached to my fluke. Usually below 10 degrees or so is what I want. Two things after that, Bi metal in the ice mold or low water pressure. Then the optics which I know zero about.... O0
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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2013, 02:54:36 PM »
Clean up the cobwebs from beneath the ice box
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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2013, 07:59:19 PM »
Tape the door latch down 7 hold the flapper back.  unplug refer for a minute & plug back in.  unit should begin harvest cycle.  Check that fingers cycle, heater heats 7 water fills.  if does not cycle more than likly ya need to replace optics.   Can't remenber which pins to short out to make it work from the receiver side.    Had one where the optics ailed, no light 7 the thing just made ice.  evertime lady would open door ice flooded her kitchen.    I to go with my lady, will try to get you some info.
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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2013, 08:07:31 PM »
Go to you tube, type ' optical icemaker' in search bar.  several flicks on this type of control.   The optics are just a complicated switch that tells the IM whether the bucket is full or not.   most of the units with optics, the door switch has to be closed for it to work, switch is in series
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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2013, 09:33:33 PM »
To jump out optics read this .But you could have ice maker the most common problem.Plug up fill tube. Or bad water valve.Manual put water in ice maker if none is there to see if makes cubes.How is the rest of the food in freezer its it all frozen.Ice cream frozen is a good indicator that the freezer temperature is ok.

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 09:36:02 PM »
Read this.

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2013, 10:04:05 PM »
Good luck.

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 11:51:40 PM »
The freezer temp should be around zero. The closer to 15 degrees, the slower the ice production. Above 15 it may not make ice at all.

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 12:04:32 AM »
Thanks for all the ideas.  In terms if temp there have been no problems with other items being frozen solid.  The odd thing is that it will dump a tray of ice and then go for a long while before dumping another.  The ice compartment never even starts to get full.  We just moved in to this house about three weeks ago so don't have a long history with this unit.

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2013, 08:37:02 AM »
I thought that i read somewhere like in a service flash that the freezer light could give you a false reading with the optics flashing twice can anybody confirm this.Then you would kind of block the freezer light to get a accurate reading of the optics.

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2013, 10:33:41 AM »
20 degrees will freeze food but won't help with ice production. Put a thermometer in the freezer. Part of diagnosing is to eliminate potential problems so you can move on to other things. I have replaced the thermostat in the ice maker for this problem. In my experience the optics are rarely the problem.

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Re: Whirlpool Gold Making Ice Very, Very Slowly...
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2013, 10:53:22 AM »
If your filter is old that could be causing problems also
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