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PartSelect Number PS2060964
This is the part that holds the ice bin and houses the auger motor which is sold separately.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
I removed the failed ice maker and performed a post-mortum to detemine the root-cause of the failure. Removal began with me reaching behind the icemaker and disconnecting the power to the icemaker. Then I removed the single screw that attached the supporting "L" bracket located on the bottom of the icemaker unit. I then carefully lifted the bottom of the icemaker away from the wall. This move disengaged the two plastic latching features that anchored the top of the icemaker to the refrigerator wall. I could then pull the unit out so that I could inspect it for the problem. I have had experience with failed icemakers of similar design in the past and there is a fundamental weakness in their design. The small electric motor that is used to activate the various steps involved in making the ice moves a set of copper finger contacts around a circular track. During this movement, these contacts frequently make and break the electrical circuit that turns on the small heating element that is used to lightly thaw the ice so that the extraction fingers can more easily sweep the latest batch of ice cubes from the ice making tray. This making and braking of contacts can occur several times a day. Over the lifespan of the icemaker, this making and braking of the contacts erodes the contact fingers and also builds up a residue of carbon that ultimately results in the loss of electrical contact between the fingers and the copper track that it normally rides upon. Once the electrical contact is lost, the icemaking process comes to a grinding halt.Installing the replacement icemaker was a breeze. I just reversed the order of the previous steps and after reconnecting the power cable to the icemaker, it was back in the icemaking business. Of course there was a waiting period of approximately one hour before any ice was forthcoming since the new icemaker had to cold soak before it was ready to make the first batch. It has made ice consistenly since the installation.
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Removed Enclosure, removed solenoid, removed yoke from motor, installed motor and installed solenoid. Then re installed enclosure.The difficulty was removing yoke from motor shaft, left hand threads that were hard to identify. No place to hold shaft so it turned when trying to remove yoke.Some minor difficulty re attaching electrical harness for motor and solenoid as I had to do it by feel. Removal was easy as the motor was just hanging and I removed the solenoid before removing the enclosure.
I won't repeat the removale process, straight forward. The issue is removing the U shaped driver on the motor. You have to trun it clockwise (looking at it from the front) to remove it from the drive shaft in order to install the motor on the new shelf. The problem is the motor wants to turn as well. I used skinny plyers to hold the shaft but still could not get enought presure to stop the shaft from truning. Finally decided to have my wife hold the plyers and I tapped the auger blade with a small hammer. Success. Reinstallation was simple enought.One important key: You are not done. Once it is all reinstalled, be sure empty out the ice bin, dry all the parts as best you can, and activate the dispenser every 15 min or so for the first hour. Otherwise it will freeze up and you will think it is broken again.
Found the problem to be a broken plastic housing supporting the auger motor — which also acts as the ice bucket shelf I purchased a new housing/shelf and went about changing it out. 1. Lift the arm that shuts the ice-maker off. 2. Remove the ice bin. I transferred the ice to a pan and sat it in the lower areas of the freezer. 3. Remove the screw that secures the shelf to the left side ot the freezer. It's located on the bottom left side of the shelf. I used a socket driver for this.4. Simultaneously from both the back and front of the shelf, lift the shelf up to clear the round supports on both sides of the freezer compartment and then begin to pull it towards the front of the freezer. When the back of the shelf clears the rear round supports, let the rear part of the shelf drop down. 5. Reach to the back left and squeeze the top and bottom of the wiring clip, which releases it from the back refrigerator wall. Pull it towards you as you do this. The shelf is now totally clear to pull out the front of the freezer.6. Close the freezer door to protect the contents.7. Remove the auger yoke from the motor shaft at the front of the housing enclosure. If you have any problems, this is the place. To begin with, you need to know that the yoke is left-hand threaded. Personally, I found it very difficult to remove. I pursued another path that was not at all helpful, so I will omit it here, but forget about anything involving disassembly of the motor. What you have going for you is that the motor does not turn well from this end of the device because of gearing. Use something long (for leverage) screwdriver or similar item that you can pass between the forks of the yoke and pry it off moving it in a clockwise direction (when viewed from the front).8. From the rear of the housing, make note of the configuration of the electrical connections before proceeding. Then remove the 4 screws holding the motor. I used a cordless drill with a phillips- head bit in it. I left 2 screws almost loose, but not quite, so I could remove them by hand and hold the motor and housing at the same time.9. ) In a similar manner remove the 4 screws holding the solenoid and the 3 parts that it operates. Note closely the arrangement of the parts before removal.10. Reinstall the motor and solenoid items in a new shelf/housing combo and reinstall by following these instructions in reverse order.
This was not a difficult project at all.I removed the ice bin and then unplugged the wiring hareness.With the old enclosure removed I first removed all of the screws holding the solenoid (look at the way it is mounted before removing all screws). I then removed the drive motor for the ice crusher/dispenser.The yoke on the drive motor has a left hand thread.Grip the motor shaft behind the yoke with a thin pair of channel locks or pliers and tap on the yoke in a counterclockwise direction with a small hammer to loosen and remove the yoke.I then reattached the motor and reinstalled the yoke and then reinstalled the solenoid.It was a bit of a trick to plug in the wiring harness, but if you use a small mirror you can do it with ease.Be sure and align the drive motor yoke with the couple on the ice bin at a 90 degrees from the yoke on the motor. Also make sure the dispensing mechanisim on the ice bin moves freely. If not remove all ice from the bin and locate where the ice is jammed and remove it.Trust me this will save the new enclosure you just installed.
Removed frozen foods and ice container to get to enclosure. Removed single screw with 1/4" nut driver. Disconnected wiring harness from behind housing after lifting up and out a bit. Removed components from back of old housing, reinstalled in new. Tapped prong loose from motor shaft to pull in though piece of old broken housing.(reverse threaded) Screwed back into place and replaced motor in proper location. Reinserted housing, replugged wiring harness, replaced 1/4" screw to secure. Placed ice tray back in line with prong and frozen food (still frozen)back in shelves. Quick, easy and auto ice in the door again! And for less than 80 bucks. Is this a great country or what?
First I removed the 1 screw holding the Ice Enclosure in place. The enclosure would then pull out. However the wire in back was plugged in and you could not see how the female plug was locked to the male plug. By squeezing the top and bottom edges of the plug you will release the lock and plug will release with a pull.Then I removed the unit from fridge.after removing the 8 screws holding the motor and other fixture, I tried to install in replacement enclosure.unfortunately, the u-drive that is attached to the gear box shaft and is used to turn the Ice despincer worm, was on so tight I could not remove it. (tried everything)I then took a Dremal tool with disc cutter and where the shaft hole is I cut a rectangular hole large enough for the u-drive to fit through. Be careful not to cut the plastic braces behind the panel.The motor and gear box then fits in the slots and you can screw in place. Note: the green ground wire and red wire are tape together. the ground wire to gorund a red wire to closest terminal. White wire to terminal on bottom.Slid unit part way back in freezer, reach in back and connect plug. (only connects one way)Then slide rest of the way in, insert screw to hold in place. Good Luck, mine works great.
Remove ice maker. Remove single screw from under enclosure. Unplug wiring harness from refrigerator. Remove Ice enclosure. Removed metal yoke (left hand thread) with light tap from rubber hammer then removed all screws holding motor assembly and yoke assembly. Reverse the procedure to install components. Plug in wiring harness and install enclosure. Align ice dispenser with metal yoke on enclosure and install ice dispenser.
Empty freezerShut off powerUse two striaght screw drivers to hold the electrical connector clamps openRemove connector, noting which wire colors were from top to bottomRemove clamp screw under the enclosureRemove the Yoke from the motor. It is attached by a left handed thread. Tapping with a small hammer may be necessary to free the locked position. Keep the washer safe.Remove screws from ther motor, the solenoid, and the plastic solenoid armature cover.Fit the motor and solenoid to the new enclosure, using existing screws.Fit the Yoke on to the motor shaft.Attach the solenoid to the enclosure. Slide the armature into the solenoid, and screw the armature guide and cover into place.Test movem,ent of the solenoid armature by hand, to ensure free movement.Attach a string loop to the end of the connector so that it stays at the top while the enclosure is put into place.Slide the enclosure in, reconnect, add retaining screw.
Disconnected power to frig. Had to wait for "ice block to defrost in ice bin and enclosure before removal. Caused by water from a frozen water tube overflowing into bin. This in turn "locked" the screw in place causing the motor to break from its mount on enclosure when trying to get ice. Removed broken enclosure,one screw on left side and lift out leaving motor hanging. Disconnected wiring marking where they would reattach removed other part from enclosure. Unsnapped wiring harness from back wall.Removed yoke from motor. Easier than I thought . A light tap with a hammer (right side with yoke facing you) it spun right off. Attached wiring to parts and then installed parts to enclosure. Tapped yoke with hammer again. Repositioned encloser and from under reached up and plugged in the harness into the back wall.Mounted encluser and ice maker. Ice maker is up and running. Will pay more attention when screw is bound up and not from blocked dispenser.Thanks for Part and How to section..
Remove bolt on lower left side that locates the Ice Enclosure. Partially remove Ice Enclosure. Locate electrical connector behind Ice Enclosure. Squeeze locking tabs and wiggle connector free. Completely remove Ice Enclosure and place on work surface. Remove phillips head screws that attach motor to Ice Enclosure. Remove phillips head screws that attach solenoid to Ice Enclosure. Grasp motor shaft with pliers to hold it still. Wedge screw driver handle into motor yoke to gain additional leverage as you turn yoke clockwise (reverse thread) to remove yoke from motor shaft. Keep track of spacer bushing that will fall from motor shaft when yoke is removed. Attach motor and solenoid to new Ice Enclosure. Replace bushing and yoke onto motor shaft. Reassemble Ice Enclosure into freezer compartment. Don't forget to plug harness back in and to replace locating bolt on left side of Ice Enclosure.
This repair didn't go as easily as I had hoped because I made a couple of mistakes. I'll describe them so maybe someone can avoid it.First, in order to remove the old part, you only need to remove the hex head screw on the lower left side (underneath) of the ice enclosure. The whole plastic piece will then slide up and can be pulled out. I removed all the screws in the very back of the plastic tray (near the broken plastic from around the motor) before removing the part and several parts fell out when I removed the tray. Luckily I was able to see how they go back together. Just wait to remove those screws until you pull the plastic unit out and you'll be okay. The other challenge was disconnecting the motor/solenoid from the back of the refridgerator. You can't see it so you have to go by feel. Pinch the top and bottom of the plastic connector and pull straight out. It should come out easily. You'll have to put it back in by feel too. Once the old part was out of the refridgerator, the new part was easy to assemble. Be careful that the wires don't disconnect from the solenoid or the motor or make sure you know how to reattach them. Other than those items, it was an easy repair.
The difficult part of the repair was the removal of the auger nut so that the motor shaft could be slipped through the enclosure. My son finally removed the front of the motor allowing him to get a better grip and thereby remove the auger nut. Once that was done the actual replacing of the enclosure was easy. The two portions of the motor and the accompaning soleniod fit well and were easily screwed in. The motor was then connected to the opening on the back wall and all was well.
Went very quickly. The biggest problem was manipulating all the frozen packages such that I could reach mounting screws. In the future, I'd be prepared with a cooler to place the frozen goods during the repair time, which required the freezer door be wide open throughout the repair.
remove ice cub basket /disconnect power take out 1 screw and unlock /remove . removed motor and switch, attach to the new enclosure and reinstall.
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