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Old 10-02-2020, 07:03 AM
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My 10 years old Kitchen Aid refrigerator started (possible) leaking water into the ice tray. It is still making ice fine but water is slowly leaking on to the ice tray which makes ice cubes into a chunk of ice. I lifted the bar (not to make ice), then I don't see the problem.

Does anyone know what to replace?

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Old 10-02-2020, 07:06 AM
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Check the thermostat, or just replace it. It's a little doohickey that sits on the coil, senses temp, and kicks the cooling function on and off. When it goes bad it allows the unit to keep on freezing.

Also, get behind it and underneath it with a vacuum and blower and go to town. Pet hair and just normal floor dust build up on the coils underneath and can affect the cooling/heating function. Try this first.
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This is a good trouble shooting video.


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Can you verify that water is actually flowing into the ice bucket? 3 likely possibilities IMO....defrost timer bad causing the defrost cycle to run for too long and melting some of the ice in the bin which then refreezes into a blob, a faulty water solenoid allowing water to drip into the freezer and overflow the ice maker. Final possibility would be ice maker calling for water longer than it should causing the ice cube molds to overflow slightly at each fill.
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Do you think your refrigerator temperatures are a little low? Sometimes refrigerators need a little refrigerant added after many years. You might want to get a serviceman to look at it.

I too have all Kitchenaid appliances, and they're ungodly expensive for the quality they are. You want to take care of that fridge because new replacement refrigerator prices are very high now. We were looking to replace our refrigerator, but I'm not going to spend $2,200 to do it.

Last week, I bought a 4 year old Whirlpool side by side fridge, ceramic top stove, dishwasher and matching microwave for $800 on F/B Marketplace. All are going in my lake house.
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turn thermostat down....need colder temp inside freezer
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Thank you very much everyone!!!

The freezer temp is 0F as recommended by the manufacturer.


I watched the video SweedD shared, and looks like the fridge is feeding a bit too much water (No chunk of ice when I push the lever to "Off" position). I'll try adjusting the screw on a rainy weekend.

Again thank you very much!!!!!!
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If this is ice through the door check the seal on the flap that opens while ice is being dispensed.
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Probably need a new ice maker assm. Very common problem. Ice maker mold leaks and drips water into ice bin before water freezes in mold. Icemaker mold leaks when coating wears off mold and water eats through it. You are going to have to catch icemaker right after it cycles to see if water is dripping out.


A 10 year old Kitchen Aid does not have a defrost timer or thermostat. It is controlled by control board. A refrigerator does not need refrigerator as it gets older. It is a sealed system. If it needs refrigerant it has a leak.


That video is better than most on YouTube. As he said make small adjustments to water level screw. What he doesn't tell you is with refrigerator plugged in you can use a small piece of insulated wire with about 1/2 inch stripped off each end. Jump H and M until you hear a slight click. This bypasses icemaker thermostat and forces a cycle. Do not take front gear off like he did. Most times it will not go back on correctly.

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Originally Posted by woftam1024 View Post
Probably need a new ice maker assm. Very common problem. Ice maker mold leaks and drips water into ice bin before water freezes in mold. Icemaker mold leaks when coating wears off mold and water eats through it. You are going to have to catch icemaker right after it cycles to see if water is dripping out.


A 10 year old Kitchen Aid does not have a defrost timer or thermostat. It is controlled by control board. A refrigerator does not need refrigerator as it gets older. It is a sealed system. If it needs refrigerant it has a leak.


That video is better than most on YouTube. As he said make small adjustments to water level screw. What he doesn't tell you is with refrigerator plugged in you can use a small piece of insulated wire with about 1/2 inch stripped off each end. Jump H and M until you hear a slight click. This bypasses icemaker thermostat and forces a cycle. Do not take front gear off like he did. Most times it will not go back on correctly.
Great response^^^^^^^
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Turn the water off for a day and see if it is still clumping the ice. That will split whether it is to much water or a defrost or other stray heat problem.There is an adjustment screw on the side of the icemaker head under that square cover that adjusts the fill time but if the ice looks about the right size, that probably isn't it. I am betting a bad valve. if it only happens when it is making ice.

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