Common Ice Maker Problems You Can Fix Yourself

Having a refrigerator with an ice maker is incredibly convenient. There’s no need to mess around with ice trays or buy heavy bags of ice at the store. With an ice maker, you have a steady supply of ice ready at all times—unless something goes wrong. And the day your ice maker stops working is the day you realize how much you depend on it.

There are numerous reasons why your ice maker might stop working. However, there are 2 common problems that are relatively easy to fix. No repair technicians or special tools needed. As appliance experts, we wanted to give you tips on how to diagnose these issues and repair your ice maker yourself.  

Problem #1: Ice gets stuck or dispenses slowly.

  • Possible cause: Sometimes, cubes in the ice bin may melt slightly and refreeze, which creates large clumps of ice. It’s impossible for new ice to push past these larger ice clumps. So, ice continues to back up and clog the chute.
  • Solution: Remove the ice storage bin and break up the clumped ice with your hands. If there’s too many clumps, then just empty out the entire bin in the kitchen sink. Then put the bin back in the freezer. To prevent the problem from recurring, make sure you’re using the ice maker more frequently. Ice clumps are more prone to form if the cubes sit for long periods of time.
  • Possible cause: Most ice makers have a raker bar that distributes ice evenly throughout the bin. Sometimes, ice forms around the raker and prevents it from doing its job. If too much ice builds up in one section of the bin, then the ice maker might stop working.
  • Solution: Remove the ice bin and pour out some of the ice. Then remove the ice from the raker bar by hand. Keep your eye on how much ice you have. If it ever starts getting too full, then empty out the bin a bit to help prevent ice from forming on the raker.
  • Possible cause: Ice and debris can clog the chute, preventing new ice from being dispensed.
  • Solution: Look inside the chute and remove any blockages by hand.

Problem #2: The ice maker is not making ice.

  • Possible cause: The water supply valve fails.
  • Solution: A direct water supply line into the freezer allows it to produce ice. If the valve that controls the supply line has become stuck, corroded, or worn out, the ice maker will stop working. You’ll need to investigate the water supply line and possibly replace the valve to get the ice maker working again.
  • Possible cause: The filter is clogged.
  • Solution: Ice makers come with filters that remove impurities from the water before the ice is made so the cubes don’t taste funny. The filter can become clogged over time and block the flow of water into the ice maker. If you’ve never changed the filter, then be sure to do so soon and check your owner’s manual to see how often you should be changing the filter.

If you check all the items above and your ice maker still isn’t working properly, then it might be time to call in a professional. Or, it may be time to treat yourself to a new ice maker. Reno’s Appliance carries a variety of high-quality ice makers from top brands including Whirlpool and Electrolux. We also have an extensive collection of refrigerators that come with built-in ice makers. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection of side-by-side, French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer refrigerators.

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