How to Test if Auger Motors Are Working in Fridges
Dec 07, 2016
When you push on the ice dispenser lever in the door of your freezer, the ice drops from the dispenser and into your glass. This doesn’t happen by gravity alone or magic. A large metal bar shaped like a cork screw twists inside the ice bin to help drive the ice toward the dispenser opening. This bar threads through the back of the ice bin and slips into the auger motor at the back of the freezer. If ice no longer dispenses from your freezer door, test your auger motor to see if it still works.
Open the freezer door and grab the bottom of the ice bin. Lift up on the front of the bin and pull it from the freezer. Be careful because if your ice has stopped dispensing from the door, the bin could be heavy and full.
Lift the wire shut-off arm to turn off the ice maker, or turn off the power switch on the ice maker.
Press the “Ice” button on the dispenser door if your dispenser doesn't have separate ice and water dispenser levers. Push and hold the door switch that controls the freezer light. This switch also allows the ice maker to dispense ice through the door, disengaging the dispenser when the door is open.
Push on the ice dispensing lever as you watch the auger motor at the back of the freezer. If the motor jumps slightly, but fails to turn, chances are the motor is frozen from moisture.
Remove the hex head screws holding the auger motor to the back of the freezer with a nut driver. Reach behind the motor and pull the wire harness from the back wall of the freezer.
Place the auger motor on a towel and let the moisture melt from inside the unit. You can use a hair-dryer to speed up the process. Once the auger reaches room temperature and the moisture melts, attempt to turn the auger motor shaft. If the shaft fails to turn, replace the auger motor.