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A dead ice maker brought back to life. Model: HOTER IM04-3

By on August 8, 2014
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To me the model number of this machine is a bit strange. This is an icemaker and yet the brand name for it is HOTER. Hot and ice is completely the opposite of each other yet, here we are repairing this machine because it was completely dead.

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The customer told me that he depends on this machine especially in the summer time because it makes ice and it makes it fast.


Just connect a water line to it and enjoy the coolness of the cold ice made by this machine.

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I powered up the machine and according to the user manual, it supposed to make a peep sound then it should come on. None of that happened and it was time to get it open and find out the cause of this dead machine.

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There were about four screws on the bottom of it and two to the side. Once these were off, this is what I saw. As you can see, the white power cord was going to the white box and that was my first place to look.

I was getting 220 volts at the main power cable connected to that box. It was time to check deeper into this machine.

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I moved to the bigger white box that you see in the photo. I took the screw off and exposed the inside power board.


The first thing that I usually check is the cables; so I started wiggling with these wires and the moment I moved the white cable the machine came on. I checked the cable and it looked fine. The moment I put the white cover back on, the machine stopped working. It seems like the white cover was pushing these wires causing them to fail to deliver power to the machine. At this point I knew that the cause of the problem in this machine is due to this cable and I have to check it further.


After I have done deeper checking, I found out that one of the wires was that you see in the photo, was loose and that explained why when I put the cover back on, the machine stopped working.

I stripped the wire and pushed it inside the socket and add some solder to it making more secure.

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Mission accomplished.





This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.



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  1. Robert

    August 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Good job Waleed, and nice pictures. That white box helps to see the components easier.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Robert: thanks and have a very good weekend

  2. yogesh panchal

    August 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Thanks waleed,

    I think the guy who has repaired or opened this unit before for the repair had made this type of work, may be in hurry.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Yogesh: I do not think it was opened before, I took the seal off myself.

  3. Corriette

    August 9, 2014 at 3:31 am

    great job it that the movement of the machine caused that looseness in the connector?

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Corriette: thank you. I do not think the movement of the machine caused this to happen because the wires is on the inside not the outside and most of it hidden inside the white box.

  4. Gerald

    August 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Well done Waleed. It is nice to see equipments that can be opened and accessed easily for repair without needing special tools... this is becoming rare.

    On the picture it looks like that the brown wire also had been pinched by the cover of the white box. Very nice pictures indeed.


    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Gerald: thank you. totally agree with you. I had to change all bad wires in there but the main cause was the loose wire. thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. have a good day

  5. Humberto

    August 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Waleed, good idea about wiggling the cables.


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