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Hardware Tips: Icemaker Problems? And, Finding A Leak

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Icemakers: So you want a nice, cool drink but the icemaker’s on the blink. Here’s how to trouble shoot an icemaker that isn’t making cubes. Before you start seeing dollar signs for repairs check the obvious.
• Is the wire arm in the up position? If so move it down to turn the icemaker back on and it’s “problem solved.”
• If the problem is small cubes check for a clogged water-supply line.
• If freezer temperatures are set too high it causes problems too and icemakers don’t cycle properly. Set 8 degrees or lower for crisp, clean cubes.
If these simple quick fixes don’t do it, it may be time for replacement. Icemakers typically only last 6 to 10 years and oftentimes, buying a new one is as cost effective as a repair. If you do go shopping for a replacement, be sure to take along the make and model number of your refrigerator.
Finding a Leak: Are your water bills rising suspiciously even though you’re not using more water? Here’s how to track down a leak that’s robbing you blind. First, start with the usual
suspects. You know who they are: dripping faucets, running toilets and your every day petty water thieves. If that’s not it and you can’t find any tell-tale puddles or wet spots on floors or ceilings below (signaling a leaking pipe or connection) then it’s time to step-up your investigation (with some sneaky surveillance techniques). To determine if there’s a leak in the line coming into your house turn off the water where it enters your home. Note the reading on the water meter and then go off to work, shopping or whatever.
Later, when you come home check it again. If the meter reading has changed you’ve found the leak. If it hasn’t you’ve still got a mystery on your hands that may take a plumber to solve.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.