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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ice Man Cometh

One item I absolutely love on our Winnebago Journey is the Ice Maker in the Norcold refrigerator.  I am an ice junkie, I can't get enough of it.  I usually fill my cup with ice all the way to the top and then add the drink.  Ergo, I like a little Diet Coke with my ice.

The ice maker is a wonderful device.  Of course, when I pick up the Journey from the storage lot, it takes about a day before it makes ice, then it really makes ice.  The refrigerator has to running on electric and the temperature in the freezer has to be below 32 degrees (F) before it will work.  It doesn't produce ice when running on propane.


For a while now, the ice maker has been off its game.  It still produces great amounts of ice cubes, but it started giving out a little unwanted bonus, an ice stalagmite (up side down icicle?).

The ice maker developed a leak and when the tray would refill after dumping the newly made cubes, it also dripped a little water from underneath the unit.  It dripped between the black plastic housing and the little gold rectangle in the below photo.


It wasn't a huge problem, but over several days, half of the ice cubes in the ice catch bucket would be frozen into a big block of ice, way too big to fit into my cup.  Darn!

I researched the issue and the ice maker was not repairable.  Further research revealed that there are only two ice makers made that all refrigerator manufacturers use.  The good news was that they are readily available at, where else?  Lowe's (and Home Depot). 

The ice maker for my Norcold was in the following picture, Lowe's had four in stock and it cost $49.


The ice maker is held in with four self tapping screws and two regular screws.  It came apart quickly.

Pulling the unit out, it had a couple of wires plugged in to it.  The wire plug is held in place with a clip.  To get to the clip, you pop the white end cover off, it pops off easily.


You can see the wire plug lock in the below picture.  Push it in with a small screwdriver to get it to release the plug and you can pull the wires out.


This is what you have with the ice maker removed.  In the right top you see the water fill pipe and below it is the wire harness. 


The original ice maker, in the below picture shows a square opening where the fill pipe comes into it.


The new unit has the fill pipe opening closed, you see the square where the material needs to be removed to fit the fill pipe.


It clips out easily with some cutting pliers, or a razor blade.


Then it is just plug in the wire harness, put back all the screws and you are good to go.


Removal and replacement took about 45 minutes.    Now I won't have any warm sodas. :c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


13 comments:

  1. That is good to know in case ours quits. I would hate to have to go back to those cube trays:)

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  2. Aren't those big box stores great, they seem to have everything!!! Impressed they actually had the ice maker.

    Enjoy those cubes!!!

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  3. Well, well ... I love our ice maker. However, if it breaks, I'm not going to attempt fixing it. I'm going to call a repairman before my husband finds out!

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  4. it is all about the ice!!!..and the 'coka light'.

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  5. It seems to me, that our Norcold will produce ice cubes if you have 110v available. You can run on propane, and still produce ice cubes.

    I just went through a couple of weeks of no cooling, learned more about Norcold than I ever wanted. It appears a simple fix has it working again, but time will tell. (ah, just heard some more cubes drop!)
    Journey39n

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  6. Ok, we have another Plan B for you if necessary. "The Roaming Repairman"...you can hit the road and do RV repair as you go;o))

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  7. Great post and good info we have the same ice maker. It really is a good one.

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  8. Aha. Good to know it's an easy fix. I can't be without ice either!

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  9. I have to agree with Nancy. You should go into business :)

    Maybe you could take all your step by step repair blogs and publish a do-it-yourself book :)

    Should we ever find ourselves parked next to each other... ;)

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  10. love love our ice maker ..ours works on propane or electric...I like you cannot do with my ice..a couple of weeks ago we had the same problem freezing together luckily ours was an easy fix without replacing-it had leaked on the floor and in the fridge...Rick adjusted the water level (the adjustment screw)...and all was well...thankfully...

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  11. Being mechanically challenged this was all TMI for me to digest. :) I'm going to have to ice my forehead now...

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  12. We get that ice build up too. When will our paths cross again so you can fix ours, Iceman? btw, I like you DIY posts even though I'm clueless. I'll let Gin handle that stuff.
    Syl

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  13. Phil's does the same thing - I'm sending your post to him, since I don't understand....
    But thanks for the info

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