This is a cheaper ice maker than the original GE icemaker, and I think it''s going to be fine. BUT! Be prepared to use your mechanical skills to get the plastic ice bucket filler sensor set right. Okay, follow me here, it''s kind of hard to explain: If you want to avoid...
This is a cheaper ice maker than the original GE icemaker, and I think it''s going to be fine. BUT! Be prepared to use your mechanical skills to get the plastic ice bucket filler sensor set right. Okay, follow me here, it''s kind of hard to explain: If you want to avoid what seems to be sloppy adjustment from factory, probably pay double and get the original GE icemaker. So what''s the deal? Well, after installing, waiting for the freezer to cool down enough, it indeed made ice, the problem came when it was time to eject the ice it made into the bucket. The ice would get stuck sometimes partly behind the plastic filler sensor, sometimes partly up against the wire that the plastic filler sensor attaches to... In short, most of the time, the ice maker would stop making ice, because it couldn''t eject the ice properly into the ice bucket. WHY? Well, in my case because of what appeared to be sloppy installation/adjustment of that part of the unit. It was not centered, so the wire on the right side was right in the way of the right ice cube coming out. The whole plastic filler sensor was too far out (away from) the body of the icemaker, so the cubes would sort of try to slide down behind and get stuck.
SOLUTION: Take the whole dang unit out out, get a couple of vice grips and a set of pliers. Take time to note anything positioned such that it would stop the ice from ejecting OVER (and then in front of) the plastic ice filler sensor. Remove the plastic piece from the wire, now start bending the wire such that it rests as close to the body of the ice maker as possible, and such that neither left or right side has wire in the way of a cube trying to empty out. It took me about an hour of messing around, but when done, the thing is centered, the metal wire is not in the way of ice cubes AND the whole sensing unit is tight up against the main body of the icemaker. Now the ice slides right out and over that part, drops into bucket and it then starts making the next batch.
I haven''t watched the whole cycle yet, but I think what happens is that once it has made ice, ejected ice, a lever inside the unit raises the plastic filler sensor, then lowers it again. IF your bucket is getting full it won''t be able to lower all the way, and the micro switch inside will know to stop making ice until there is more room in the ice bucket... I think that''s how it is supposed to work. It would make sense anyway.
By the way: the instructions are right when it says that it can take 4-5 hours after fridge is plugged back in and unit is installed for it to start making ice. Apparently there is a thermometer in ice maker that will not permit the unit to run at all (even allow water into it) until temp drops close to zero.... so don''t get discouraged if you''ve installed it and nothing happens right away. Give the freezer time to get real cold, and thus the ice maker to get cold enough to do its thing. (probably close to zero)
SO MY FINAL RECOMMENDATION: Your unit may come perfectly adjusted, in which case you''ve saved some money, and with a very easy swap out, you''ll have a working unit. IF you have a poorly adjusted part like I had, and you aren''t inclined (or not stubborn, hard headed) enough to do some messing around, return it and get another one, hoping it is positioned correctly, or pony up the extra dollars for the genuine GE replacement part... It has a totally different system for sensing when bucket is full and for the many years mine worked, the ice never had trouble getting ejected from the unit into the bucket. In seeing the difference in design, that one would have to be really almost impossibly messed up to have the ice ejection problem that this cheaper unit had.
I may have to revise this review, since I''m writing it after the unit has now been working properly for only about 7 hours... Plenty of time yet for some other problem to show up!
YES MY REVIEW NEEDS REVISION: The above did not completely cure the ice "getting hung up" problem. Ice still occasionally got "caught" by the top of the plastic filler sensor. SOLUTION: Take the plastic filler sensor off (possible to do without removing full unit) and saw off the top of it, just leaving the part where tabs are to hook onto the wire. Be careful sawing (or some other method) because plastic can get caught when sawing and split completely making it useless. I used a "chop saw" and lowered saw VERY slowly.
Since that final (hopefully) revision, the unit has been working correctly for about four days.