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Your Questions About Ice Maker Repair Cost

Sandra asks…

Is my freezer leaking gas or was it just air trapped inside coming out?

I have a small freezer box inside my fridge and it was completely frozen over. I chipped at it and suddenly there was this sound as if there was gas coming out. I switched off the fridge and I have now defrosted it and it seems intact, however I am still wondering about the gas. Have I damaged something potentially dangerous? Is it possible that air trapped inside an over-frozen freezer box can make noise when released?
Do I need to go and buy a new fridge? Please help!

James Conley answers:

There’s a reason why makers of these units strongly discourage using any kind of tool to chip away ice buildup….. The hissing like gas coming out? Thats exactly what happened. The refrigerant is gone.
Technically it can be repaired, but the labor cost is considerable. A service tap must be brazed into the suction line, a triple vacuum/nitrogen sweep must be performed and then, whats called a critical charge must be exact. Tenths of an ounce either way can make a big difference.

Take this as a potentially expensive learning experience and go get a good deal on a new fridge for Christmas

John asks…

Amana fridge ice maker and water dispenser not working?

This fridge is 1.5 years old; it is the french-door-style fridge with freezer drawer on bottom. Whenever the fridge comes on to cool down, the ice dispenser on the door opens and shuts loudly repeatedly while the digital display blinks on and off and none of the buttons work. When the fridge stops cooling, it stops blinking and making the noise, but neither ice nor water dispensing works. Will call Amana tomrrow, but any suggestions??

James Conley answers:

Dispenser control board is shorted. Do get ahold of amana and they should help with the cost of the repairs. They may pay for the part but you will probably have to pay for the labor to replace. Not too bad of a deal really.just ask them nicely and if they are in a good mode they may pay for the whole thing.

Lizzie asks…

Is it safe to turn off a gas water heater?

until you need to use it or your are going out of town. There is only I using the hot water. I have it turned down.

James Conley answers:

If it’s for say a month? Yes, it would be economical – usually for anything more that a few days it’s cheaper just to turn it off.

**However, if you would like to keep the water heater on, turn down the temp. And leave it on.

**And if you are worried about flooding – One option to prevent possible flooding is to add water alerts or water sensors to your home alarm system or buy the water/leak alerts seperately. Here’s an article I wrote on the subject.

(**To purchase a water/leak alert or other Home Security Products, please go to**)

Home security means making sure your home and family are safe. But doing this not only means you protect yourself against theft and vandalism, but Mother Nature and accidents as well. That means home security pertains to many things, including flood and temperature alerts. You can buy both alerts separately or you can link flood and temperature sensors to some alarm systems, depending on the alarm amenities.

Flood alerts alarm the homeowner when water is detected. The alerts are especially useful for a vacation home when you are away. It can alert you if you have leaks or floods by either some sort of siren or by having an alarm dialer, or control panel, dial out to you. A simple flood alert can save you thousands of dollars in home repairs, eliminate flooding basements, garages, laundry rooms, ice makers, dishwashers, heaters, pools, and more. A simple flood alert without a dialer can cost as little as $11. An alert with a dialer can be from $75. To $220. Although most flood sensors do not stop leaks, there are some sensors that are sold with valve shut off kits. These systems not only monitor for moisture but close off the water pipe to protect everything downstream from a flood.

Temperature sensors can be used as a freeze alert or as a heat sensor. As a freeze alert it can be used to monitor specific water pipes that will likely freeze. Again, this kind of sensor is common for a vacation home that you cannot monitor during the winter months. Also, if your furnace or electricity goes off, your home can be affected by freezing temperatures that can cause pipes to burst and leak water. A temperature alert is a low cost way to keep your house safe and it works similar to a flood alert. If a sensor is triggered, a siren will go off or you will be alerted via phone. A temperature alert can also be used as a heat sensor. A heat sensor can alert you to high temperatures that could be hazardous to kids, pets, or plants.

When you shop for flood or temperature alerts you should compare the different brands and look out for some features. Check on the reliability and maintenance of the particular product. If you have to go on-line and read reviews or ask friends that have used the product before, do so. You should also know if the sensors can be connected to an existing home alarm system that you have purchased. If you don’t know, then ask the dealer or store that sold you the alarm system if the sensor matches. You want to be able to place sensors throughout the house, especially in the case of flooding. You want to connect sensors in the kitchen, basement, laundry room, ect.

Both flood alerts and temperature alerts are cost effective, because of that one would say its common sense to get both. This can put you at peace of mind when you are at home and when you are away.

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