Slow Ice Production?

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It’s disappointing when you are craving a cold glass of water or juice and realize you’re low or completely out of ice. You might wonder why it takes your ice maker so long to produce ice for your needs. There are a few common reasons this happens that you should check or get fixed to help your ice maker produce ice faster and more efficiently. There are also many easy repairs you can complete or things you can check yourself to make sure everything in your freezer is operating properly.

One very easy fix is to check the temperature inside your freezer. If your freezer is too warm, it might not produce ice to its fullest potential. Your freezer should be set as close to 0 degrees as possible to produce ice regularly and keep foods safe.  If it is much warmer than this, it might cause the ice maker to create ice cubes slowly or not make them at all.

If the freezer temperature is too high, be sure to also check if the condenser coil is clean and the condenser fan is working to cool the condenser and compressor. If your evaporator coil has built up frost, air cannot circulate through the coil and you will most likely need to defrost the freezer and restart.

Another main cause of slow ice production is a problem with the water supply line. In this case, it’s not a problem with the icemaker or refrigerator, but rather a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed. If you happen to be using a self-piercing saddle valve, which is an easy fix to creating a water line to a refrigerator for cold water or ice, turn the saddle valve all the way in and back out again to be sure the hole is pierced for a clear water way.

Self-tapping saddle valves are used to turn the valve clockwise until it pierces the water line. If you are currently using one of these valves, many sources claim it is better to use one that is not self-tapping because of the fact that they do not provide a proper opening for water to pass through.

You may also want to take a look at your water filter. If your filter is old, damaged or worn out it might be time to replace it. Sometimes having a defective or worn out filter can slow the water flow down ultimately causing the slow ice production in the icemaker.

If your filter is defective, you should also be sure to look at your water hose connections for any air in the lines, debris or kinks. To go along with this, you might also want to be sure your water pressure is sufficient enough so that water can flow through the lines conveniently.

If you realize your icemaker is producing ice slowly, try troubleshooting these problems to the best of your ability.  If you cannot seem to find the problem or you cannot fix these repairs yourself, you should consider calling your local maintenance man for help. 1st Source Servall carries all the parts you need for repairs. No one wants warm drinks; get your appliances repaired as soon as you can!


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By: Morgan Hurley

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