Is your ice maker freezing all your ice together and not making ice anymore? This is a common problem that causes much annoyance when trying to dispense ice. Luckily, you can resolve this all on your own by following our simple how-to guide!
The first thing you will need to check is the light on your freezer, if you have one. The light on your freezer is supposed to turn off once you close the freezer door. If it is not turning off when you close the door, this could be a sign that your freezer is not working as it should. If this is the case, you will most likely need to call a repairman to further investigate.
If, however, everything is working properly with your door and the light is turning off when you close it, then the problem can be with your defrost cycle. It is possible the food in your freezer is not freezing or the defrost cycle is happening too often. This can indicate an issue with your thermostat setting. Try setting your thermostat a bit cooler. Once you have done this, dispose of the ice that is stuck together and put the bin back inside.
After you have adjusted the temperature, test it out. If ice is still clumping together, try adding more food to your freezer making it is three-quarters full so that it balances out the temperature. When the defrost cycle is activated, it passes heat through the freezer. Sometimes this heat causes the ice to melt and then refreeze, which can cause it to freeze together in clumps. If you add more food to the freezer, it helps deflect the warmth from the defrost cycle from directly hitting the ice and freezing up into a chunk.
To prevent this problem from reoccurring, consider how much ice you use regularly. If ice sits in your freezer for too long, the ice on top will melt together with the ice underneath and then freeze back up into one big chunk. If you turn your ice maker on and off when you don’t use it for long periods of time, you can eliminate this from happening again.