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How to Repair an Ice Maker

Posted by: Jacob Hoffmeister 6 years, 3 months ago

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Some refrigerators are equipped with icemakers. If your refrigerator is not dispensing ice properly, you can follow these steps to fix the problem yourself

  • To check the wire arm over the ice bucket, open the freezer door. The arm should be free to move up and down. This wire arm is used to detect if the bucket is full. This prevents overflowing. If something has caused the arm to be stuck in the “up” position, the dispenser may stop working.
  • Is the control panel configured properly? Check to ensure your ice dispenser hasn’t been turned off.
  • Ensure that your freezer’s temperature is below 10F. Most freezers will not produce ice if the temperature is higher. The optimum temperature for freezers is between 0-2F.
  • To work, the ice maker needs to access water from the main supply. Ensure that the shut-off valve is supplying the refrigerator with water. You can usually find this valve inside the supply pipe or on a wall. Switch on the cold tap near the refrigerator. This builds up water pressure and improves ice production.
  • Ensure that the water pressure from the water inlet valve is at least 20psi using a water pressure test gauge. Many icemakers will not function properly if the water supply is low pressure.
  • Ice may actually be preventing ice production. Switch off the ice maker and empty the ice bucket. Let the stuck ice cube melt. An hour or so could let the melted ice drain out of the dispenser nozzle. Afterwards, put back the ice bucket and see if the ice maker produces new cubes.

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