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Written By Ellie BrooksPublished 12/19/22
Struggling with your refrigerator ice maker not working? Don’t lose your cool. While there are several potential causes for an out-of-order ice machine, many are easy to troubleshoot and can be resolved by yourself.
Liberty Home Guard’s team compiled a troubleshooting guide to help you get to the root of your ice maker problems. We’ll have your machine back up and running in no time.
Problems with your ice machine can manifest in several ways. Maybe your ice tastes or smells funny. Maybe the machine is making ice, but it’s fusing together or failing to dispense. Maybe you’re dealing with a fridge ice maker not working whatsoever.
The nature of your problem will inform how you should troubleshoot it. Scan the headings below to find the symptoms you’re observing in your appliance. Note that this guide assumes that your fridge and freezer are otherwise functionally properly.
The on/off mechanism varies by appliance model. Some ice machines have a toggle switch. Others use a metal bar that engages the machine when in the down position, and when enough ice accumulates, the volume of cubes in the bin pushes the bar up to turn off the machine. Modern refrigerators and freezers may feature a digital panel to control the ice machine. Check your appliance’s manual as needed and confirm that the ice maker is engaged before investigating further.
Thaw a frozen waterline by unplugging the unit from the wall. Turn off the water supply to the fridge or freezer. Refer to your owner’s manual as needed and locate the waterline. Use a cloth soaked in hot water or even a blow-dryer to warm the line and gently thaw the icy obstruction.
After you have turned the water back on and plugged in your appliance, confirm that the ice maker is engaged and give it a couple hours to start producing ice.
Refer to your appliance’s manual for information on where to find the filter and how to remove it. You may need to replace it entirely, but some filters can be manually cleaned.
Inspect the thermostat on your freezer. It can be easy to mistakenly bump the temperature up while cleaning the freezer or shuffling items around. Defer to the manufacturer’s advice for the ideal temperature setting, but most freezers should be set to approximately 0°F.
<H3> Ice Cubes Not Dispensing
If you see a blockage in the chute, use some warm water to thaw it until you can remove it manually.
Look over the assembly to see if anything is amiss. There could be ice or frost blocking the paddle that shuffles ice through the chute. A mechanical component may have become misaligned or broken. You can contact your freezer’s manufacturer for additional guidance.
First try replacing the water filter, especially if the fridge’s water also tastes unpalatable.
Deodorize your freezer. Ice can take on the smells of other items in the freezer. Clean out your freezer and discard old items—particularly those that aren’t sealed in airtight containers. Use a cleaning solution and wipe down the interior surfaces of the freezer. Discard the accumulated ice and wipe down the bin. Finally, consider leaving a container of baking soda in your freezer to absorb unwanted odors.
It’s possible that your ice troubles are related to a broken or failing component within the appliance. If that’s the case, save yourself the trouble of scheduling and paying for an independent technician. Liberty Home Guard’s warranty policies cover the repair or replacement of any necessary mechanical components in your refrigerator, freezer, or free-standing ice maker.
Use our website for a free quote or call (866)-432-1283.