Proper maintenance and servicing of your ice maker is essential to keep it working in top condition. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take at home to repair common ice maker problems. Before you call a professional, here are a few troubleshooting tips to follow:
Problem #1: Ice Maker Not Making Ice
An ice maker will fail to make ice if the solenoid is faulty or the water route is blocked. If the bail wire is lifted, this could also prevent the ice maker from functioning properly. Make sure the bail wire isn’t locked in its upper position, which shuts off the ice. Check the water supply line to make sure water is getting to the ice maker. Next, check to make sure the fill tube isn’t frozen. If it is, it will need to be thawed out. Check the filter and see if it needs to be replaced. An old filter can restrict water flow to the unit and cause the motor to overheat. Finally, check the solenoid, which connects to the water line at the back of the refrigerator. If it is not receiving power, you can try removing the residue screen and rinsing it with water. Be sure to unplug the refrigerator before following these steps.
Problem #2: Ice Maker is Frozen
If your ice maker is frozen up, there are a few simple steps you can take to fix it. First, unplug your refrigerator and remove the ice bin along with any loose ice. Next, find the fill tube. This is the white hose that transports water to the ice maker. Pull down the metal clips that holds the fill tube and warm the hose with a hair dryer. Be careful not to let the hair dryer come into contact with any water, and be careful so as not to melt any plastic parts. If you prefer not to use a hairdryer, you can warm the fill tube with warm water and a turkey baster, catching any overflowing water in the ice bin. You may want to consider removing the ice maker rather than thaw out the fill tube.
Problem #3: Ice Maker Not Shutting Off
If the ice maker doesn’t shut off properly, it will continue to make ice, even when the bin is full. To stop this from happening, Lift the bail wire and remove the ice bin. Next, use a screwdriver to remove the ice maker. Clean the ice maker thoroughly before putting it back into place. If your ice maker still isn’t shutting off, you may need to contact a service professional to remove the entire unit. While the unit can be repaired in this case, it may be less costly to invest in a new one altogether.
The above ice maker tips can help you resolve some common problems you may have with your unit.To keep your ice maker functioning at its best, make sure to follow your manufacturer’s instructions for proper care. If you’ve followed the above troubleshooting steps and are still experiencing problems with your ice maker, it may be time to call in a professional.
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