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Old 02-20-2006, 01:18 PM
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I've been trying to adjust my refrigerator compartment a little warmer to keep the veggies right at 33/34 degrees (they were freezing a liitle before). I have been tweaking the temp settings and I think I got them just about right - BUT.....

I am getting the strangest thing, HOLLOW ICE.

Yep, just like it sounds.. The ice is frozen just fine, but it is hollow in the middle. If you look at the cubes, they look pretty normal, but if you pick them up or squeeze them it quite obvious.. Is this possibly due to the drier weather as of late? I doubt it since those are pretty much contained, but..

Any HVAC guys 'round here or anybody ever have this same thing happen?

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Old 02-20-2006, 01:52 PM
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What kind of refrig do you have there Woody, the kind with the ice box inside the frig?
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timer setting, consult your owners manual for remedy........
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:22 PM
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Yes, I have the ice maker inside the freezer.. The make is Kenmore.

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Hey ReelWork~ You could have yourself a new novelty there and could make MILLIONS! HA!!

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If you sit around and squeeze your ice cubes and then post about it, you have entirely too much time on your hands. Time to start a new project.
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Not an HVAC guy, but here's a wild-assed guess...

1. Let's say ice cubes freeze from the outside in
2. During process then, have a thickening icy shell containing a slug of liquid water
3. When freezer isn't cold enough, cubes don't freeze completely before the thing cycles and kicks them out
4. The water inside runs out as they are kicked into tray
5. The water 'dissappears' with the freezer's defrosting cycle
6. You're left with pitiful hollow ice

Guess I have too much time on my hands too!
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Yankee, that's kind of what I was thinking also... But I have actually reduced the temp, but then again I have not waited a day for the temp to settle..
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Ice Vampires.

You need to put a cross on your freezer, A mazuzzeh if you're jewish.

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Old 02-20-2006, 06:26 PM
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Yankee had it right. Crank it up colder and the cubes will have nipples on the top.
Some things are a constant.
Check the veggie bin for an adjustable vent. You can close the vent to reduce the cold air flow
to that one compartment. If the door stays closed for a long time the temp will eventually
stabilize and still freeze the veggies.




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I guess you missed my point Woody, I was referring to the old 50's style friges with one door and the ice box inside the refrig.

But since we are talking about a newer style refrig I can't see how adjusting the temperature in the refrig should effect the outcome of the freezer and the freezers ability to produce ice? The only way I can see this happening is if you have some sort of servo valve not working up to snuff.

Now I’m not going to go out on the limb and say “all” refrigs only have one compressor, but most do, one compressor to chile the refrig and freezer. Now if adjusting the refrigerators temperature settings affects the performance of the freezer/ ice maker then some sort of servo valve has to be not working properly. Call a repair facility and ask them if there is any way you can test this with the unit still in the refrig.
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Check the water input to your ice maker. I had the same problem the solution was to remove the piece of ice from the supply line. In my case the ice maker was not getting enough water to make solid ice. May be worth checking.

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Old 02-22-2006, 09:27 PM
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snapperd1 - 2/22/2006 6:28 AM In my case the ice maker was not getting enough water to make solid ice. TD


If it's not getting enough water, why wouldn't the ice cube just be smaller?

FWIW, When we buy ice cubes in the summer, in a certain area, from a certain mass producer, all the cubes have a hollow spot on the inside. Still a 5 or 10 pound bag, though. A mystery of life.

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