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I have a French door stainless steel GE fridge made by Samsung. The water overflows or splashes out of the icemaker andd then freezes in the ice compartment under the bucket, making it impossible to get out without thawing it. This is an icemaker in the upper left corner of the refrigerator compartment. I have leveled the unit and I have replaced the water solenoid valve because I thought it might be sticking on and letting in too much water.

Is there a time adjustment for how long to let the water run? Is it dependent on my water pressure? This fridge worked fine for a couple of years but then started doing this. Link to this model

I asked this question about it a little over a year ago: Previous question

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I threw in the towel and called an applicance guy. He looked at evertyhing I did, and could see no broken parts. Putting our heads together, we came to the conclusion that its a design flaw. We wound up doing two things - 1) We opened up the area at the bottom of the water funnel to water into the mold faster and 2) I made a small "fence" at the back of the funnel out of aluminum duct tape to stop water from overflowing. These two things together seem to have done the trick.

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On most ice makers there is a short tube that water goes through to reach the "trough" were it freezes and is pushed out of into a container that holds the ice cubes. Normally the water in this tube drains out when the valve shuts off. If water in this tube freezes, then water runs down the outside of the dispenser or even sprays when the valve turns on. You can remove the ice maker and thaw it out, or just use a hair dryer and melt the ice in the tube.

I had this happen to me a few months ago. I was ready to replace ice maker until I found the iced up tube while removing it.

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Good point, but this icemaker had been out so long from working on it that nothing in there was frozen. – BrianK Jan 5 '12 at 2:59

There is a screw on a cam that operates the microswitch to cut off the water supply solenoid. Turn this to control the time the fill water runs.

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I didn't see any adjustment screws. I think its all electronic. – BrianK May 6 '14 at 2:15

I realize this is an old question, but for anyone else that comes across this:

First thing I would check is the house water pressure. Ice makers are typically operated by a timer and are designed with a specific water pressure and flow rate in mind. You can get a pressure measuring tool that screws on to a garden spigot from any of the big box stores. Make sure to check the pressure when all other valves are closed and the hot water heater has been running, since you may have a check valve in the line and experience high water pressure only after the hot water heater has been on.

As a backup option, I'd consider partially closing the valve to the ice maker line. You'll still have an initial surge of high water pressure, but the flow will be restricted. This may require some careful fine tuning to get just enough water to fill the tray without overflowing.

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