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My Ice o Matic ice maker cooling fan short cycles. The

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My Ice o Matic ice maker cooling fan short cycles. The compressor runs fine and it still makes ice. Why is it cooling fan short cycling?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

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Thje relay that controls voltage to the fan is probably failing. Have you measured the voltage at the fan to see what it is doing when the fan stops? What is the cycle rate of the fan?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have not measured the voltage however the fan completely stops. The cycle rate varies from running a few seconds and shutting down to running a few minutes.
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

I suspect the relay will need to be replaced but I would measure the voltage first to be certain the fan motor is not faulty.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I will try that now.
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Great! Let me know what you find. Once the voltage drops out, see if you can near the relay chattering. Also, if you tap on it, does it start again?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No chattering, The voltage read zero. I followed the fan motor to the relay connection but I can only get a nominal voltage and then zero. The other wire goes to what looks like a capacitor.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I am assuming this is an AC motor.
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Correct, sounds like that relay is faulty. It may be a socket issue but you will see once you pull the relay out.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
OK, I guess my next step is to order a relay and change it out, correct?
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

If the socket does not appear to be burnt, yes.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
OK, is there anything else I should look for?
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

No, just that socket. You are losing the voltage at that relay.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
How bad is it to keep running it until I change the relay out ?
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

It is a bit hard on the compressor if it gets real hot. You could place a small fan to blow on it while you are ordering parts to avoid any further issues. You can get a small fan at Walmart for $5-10.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Good idea. I guess that is all the questions I have.
Expert:  Kelly replied 11 months ago.

Sounds good, thank you!