Ice Maker Repairs and Troubleshooting

Are you someone who likes to entertain and throw parties? If this is the case, then you are more than aware of how much ice is required in order to make it run successfully. Parties, picnics, barbecues, and fancy dinners all require the need for ice. It is used to keep food and drinks and the right temperature. By now, more than likely, you have probably invested in an ice maker. Buying bags of ice can get expensive and they melt quickly. Not only are they extremely functional but they are also stylish which is great for your office or party.

Ice makers are simple and you can maintain them easily. All you have to do is plug in your ice maker, fill it with water, and you will have ice shortly. Another benefit is that ice makers are easy to clean. By cleaning your ice maker, you will maintain the high quality and taste of ice that it produces and you will ensure that your appliance runs for a long time. Most ice makers run for a long time without needing repair and typically, all you really need to do to them is clean them thoroughly. In fact, cleaning your ice maker is the only piece of regular maintenance you need to do to ensure your portable ice maker continues running efficiently for as long as possible.

image of different brands and styles of ice makers

We repair these ice maker brands:

Danby
EdgeStar
Equator
Ice-0-Matic
Kitchenaid
Koldfront
Manitowoc
Scotsman
SPT
Summit
U-line
Vinotemp
Whirlpool
Whynter
And more…

How To Clean Your Ice Maker

  1. Empty out your ice maker. Be sure to unplug it. This is the first step in the cleaning process because it ensures your safety by emptying it and unplugging it.
  2. Take out the ice tray. Grab the ice maker’s tray from inside your appliance and place it off to the side. Most ice makers allow you to unhook the try in order to take it out. Be sure to put the tray on a clean surface once you have removed it.
  3. Time to wipe down the inside of your ice maker. Be sure to wipe all of the walls down with a soft cloth. This is where buildup takes place and it is extremely important that you clean the walls thoroughly. If your ice maker is extremely dirty or if it has been a while since you last cleaned it, add a little bit of while distilled vinegar. This will help clean impurities and disinfect it. It also helps remove calcium buildup if you have used hard water when making ice.
  4. After you have cleaned the inside, be sure to pay attention to the tray that you removed earlier. Using a soft cloth, wipe down the tray. Use the same thoroughness that you used when wiping down the interior. Be sure to scrub it if necessary in order to remove any buildup. You can also use a small amount of vinegar to clean your tray if needed. This will ensure proper cleaning.
  5. Put the clean tray back inside of your ice machine. After you have done this, you can plug the ice machine back into the wall.
  6. The next step that you should take is a cleaning cycle. Run your ice maker for two cycles but be sure to add a little bit of vinegar. You do not need a large amount, just fill the cap and that should be plenty. Run a cleaning cycle. Run the portable ice maker for a couple of cycles with a small amount of vinegar. J,You can also use a mixture of lemon juice and water if you do not want to use vinegar. This process helps completely remove any calcium build up and impurities from your ice machine. Even if you have a new ice maker, doing this process will help get rid of the plastic taste that you might experience.
  7. After you run a couple of cleaning cycles, it is time to run a regular or normal cycle. Be sure to empty out all of the water from the reservoir prior to running a normal cycle. Be sure to use clean and warm water. This process guarantees the removal of any excess vinegar or impurities that might be leftover.
  8. Just as thoroughly as you cleaned the interior, it is equally important to clean the exterior of your ice maker. Use a soft cloth. You can use warm water as well. Be sure to remove any dirt and dust that may have accumulated on your ice maker.

If you have a freezer that is not producing ice, then contact us. We can repair all makes and models. You refrigerator works hard for you but if it not producing ice, do not fret. More than likely, we will be able to solve the problem and you will have ice again soon.

When it comes to fixing your refrigerator ice maker, it is always best to call a professional. There are many issues that can go wrong and a trained a season tech. Will know exactly what to do. There is a lot of misinformation out there on the Internet which can lead you astray and you will spend the money on parts that might actually not need to be repaired or replaced. Below are some of the common issues that we have seen with refrigerator ice makers:

Water Fill Tubes:
If the ice maker is not producing ice, then sometimes the water fill tubes can be at fault. The water fill tubes can be found at the back of your freezer’s ice maker. If there has been an accumulation of ice in that area or if there are objects that have blocked it off, then it will not produce ice. If there is nothing blocking it or there has not been ice buildup, then it might be the inlet valve. Other reasons that it might not be producing ice is due to the tubing. If your freezer’s ice maker is not producing ice then it could have something to do with low water pressure.

Water Inlet Valve:
The water inlet valve might be obstructed. The screen that filters debris might be clogged. This is another factor that would prevent your ice maker from working. The water valve sometimes can become restricted, so be sure to take a look at it. Some water inlet valves may have a screen, It serves to remove any debris before it goes into it. The screen will need to be unclogged.

Ice And Water Filter:
Your refrigerator has an ice and water filter that is responsible for removing any debris or pollutants from your water that may have not been removed during the water process treatment. After some time, the filter might become blocked and will restrict the flow of water going into your ice maker. These filters should be replaced frequently, about every 6 months, or more frequently depending on the conditions of your water.

Ice Maker Control:
If you think that the culprit behind your malfunctioning ice maker has nothing to do with your water supply then it is possible that it is the ice maker control. The heat release ice maker is what is typically used in modern refrigerators. When ice is made, heat is used to release the ice cubes. When this is not working, then your ice maker will stop producing ice.

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