Understanding How Ice Makers Work
Most ice makers come with instructions on how to make ice. While these will have some helpful tips, the best bet is to look at your owner’s manual for more extensive information. That way, you can get everything you need to know, without having to guess.
A few tips that should be in the manual:
Depending on the size of your freezer, the cube size, and the ice level you desire, you may have to do this more than once.
Some manufacturers suggest unscrewing the water valve and holding it for 10 seconds before reattaching. This is the equivalent of turning the water off and then back on again.
In any case, if your ice production is significantly reduced after refilling the water tank, give the unit a few hours to try and “recharge” before using the above steps. Sometimes the pressure relief inside the ice maker needs to be re-established with a few ice cubes and a water-on-ice cycle.
Ice Maker Won’t Stop Making Ice
If your ice maker won’t stop making ice, the most likely cause is that the ice maker times out and automatically shuts off. You can reset it either at the source or at the display. Resetting it at the source is easier. If the float is stuck in the on position, first try moving it manually and if the ice maker doesn’t shut off, turn off the water supply to the refrigerator with the shut off valve found inside the refrigerator on the back wall, below the ice maker. If that fails to work, turn off the power to the ice maker or it will freeze all the parts of the refrigerator and defrost over time.
Check the ice maker’s heater. If the heater is stuck off, the ice maker will start but not finish producing ice. You may have to unplug the refrigerator and/or disconnect the power source to reset the ice maker’s clock.
Resetting Different Types of Ice Makers
If you hear ice cubes dropping into the tray and no water is entering the ice maker, you have an electrical problem. You should check the power at the wall outlet to make sure it is off and the circuit breaker is not tripped.
Check the reset button located on the face of the ice maker. You will often have to pull the ice maker away from the wall, so you can easily press the button.
This button would normally reset a new ice maker, but could be faulty with an older one. The ice maker would then trip the circuit breaker when it tries to reset.
If after pushing in the button, a breaker trips, start the ice maker to see if it will reset itself.
If the ice maker does not trip the circuit breaker stop pressing the reset button.
If you have another ice maker, swap them out with the one that will not reset.
If the ice maker is still not working, you will have to send the machine in for repair.
If the ice maker does start to work, you will have to figure out what is wrong with the one you removed. There could be a wire loose or other problem that will need to be fixed.
As far as your other question. The ice maker itself is not the culprit. Cutting off power to the ice maker will not clear the chute. So, your best course of action is to restart the ice maker and see what happens.
General Ice Maker Troubleshooting Tips
Whether your problem is that the ice maker is slow, not making any ice at all, or any other issue, you can generally troubleshoot the issue by taking the following steps:
Make sure that you have the correct type and size of ice maker in your refrigerator.
Be sure that you are using the correct water filter system for your ice maker.
Check to make sure that the water supply to your ice maker turns on and off properly.
Check the safety cycling solenoid.
Disable the safety switch if it is present.
Check your ice bin and freezer to make sure there is adequate airflow for proper ice production.
Ensure that the temperature in the freezer is close to 0 degrees so that the ice maker does not produce small, porous, or dull-colored cubes.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
How often will my icemaker need to be serviced?
Every year manufacturers recommend you have your appliance serviced, you have no guarantees. Even working as designed, there can be problems caused by bad maintenance practices.
Always replace filters regularly and clean or replace the water line. Even the smallest mess can cause problems, grease or dust within the water supply line can cause a huge expensive problem. You need to keep that line clean and clear of anything that can build up. Replace it if necessary to avoid thickened water and other blockages.
Frequent running of the household water supply can create leaks in the water line. A water pressure regulator that can maintain a steady stream of water pressure at the icemaker will help prevent this.
It's always a good idea to keep a pair of pliers near your icemaker to shut off the water securely.
Your icemaker could stop working, and you will walk back into a room full of water.
You can buy a shutoff valve located near your icemaker and just close this down to keep your house dry.
If you are adding ice to your water and you are not filtering your water, you can use a tub or anything with a sealing lid to store your ice and keep it fresh.
You can use zip lock bags and just fill them with the ice.
If you have any leftover ice, you can make a smoothie with it.
I know it will be a little hard for you to maintain a strong routine to stay on track and follow these steps. However, if you do so you will feel a sense of accomplishment and great happiness. You can achieve whatever you wish. Following these steps will make you happier, more successful, and well off.
I hope that the above information is useful for you to maintain your good habits and break the bad ones. If it is, then I am glad that I was able to help you one way or another. If you find any fault in this book, I would be grateful if you point it out to me.