Why am I having problems with my Ice Maker?


As we make our way through summer and are in need of excess amounts of ice, this is not the time for your ice maker to start causing problems! The three most common problems with ice makers are lake off ejecting the ice, leaking, and failing to make ice. The good news is ice makers are simple machines which all relatively operate the same way and leads to quick and easy repairs.

Why is my ice maker not ejecting ice?

There are multiple reasons for your ice maker to stop ejecting ice, the two most important parts to check are; the ice cube ejector gear and the ice mold heater. The ice cube ejector gear controls when the ice is released, so this if the first part you should check. When checking the ice cube ejector gear, read your refrigerators manual on where it is located. This part consists of two plastic cogs which mesh together, if there is a problem with the gears or they are worn out, you will need to replace the whole ejector gear.


The ice mold heater heats the mold so the ice will fall out. This should be located under the ice trays and is connected by two wires. Disconnect the wires, and then use the multimeter to measure the resistance and continuity of the heater. Once you check it, it should range between 60-90 Ohms. If it is not within this range you will need to get the mold heater checked out.


Why is my ice maker leaking?

After a long day at work, coming home to a flood under your refrigerator is the last thing you would want to see. Unfortunately, leaking from your ice maker can be caused by many different reasons. First, check your ice maker level; this is the unit inside that can be repositioned. All you have to do is loosen the mounting screws and align the ice maker so it is completely level, and then reattach the screws.

For the most part, when we have trouble with our ice makers it can be as simple as the water supply line being damaged or broken. This is a tube that is behind your freezer and all you have to do is check that the pipe isn’t kinked, pinched, or ripped. If it is not, then that is not the problem, but if it is you will need to replace it.

If you have already checked the above causes of your ice maker leaking and those are not beneficial to you, the last thing to check is the Inlet Valve. First, always disconnect the power to your refrigerator, and then locate the valve which is on the bottom of the freezer. Disconnect the supply line and use a bucket to catch the water that’s inside the inlet valve. Once you have done that, locate and label the wires and disconnect them, also remove the inlet supply tubes. The last step is to check the resistance of the coil; you can do this by using a multimeter which is an instrument used to measure the electric current, resistance, and voltage. Your readings should be from 500-1500 ohms, if your water inlet valve did not reach these numbers, you will need to replace it.


Why did my ice maker stop making ice?

When your ice maker isn’t making ice or it’s producing odd shaped ice cubes, the problem most likely is that there is a clog somewhere near the water supply line. This most likely occurs when the water is frozen in the water supply line. An easy repair starts by locating the shut-off valve, which is usually behind your refrigerator or under your kitchen sink. Once you have found it, it’s as simple as defrosting the water line. First, turn off the water supply valve, then fill a cup with warm water and pour the water over the water line. Once you have done that, turn the valve back on and listen for the ice mold to fill up with water. Just like that your ice maker is repaired!


We hope these quick and easy repairs will help you figure out why your ice maker isn’t working and how to fix it! For ice maker parts and other appliance tips, you can check out our website http://www.1stsourceservall.com/. You can also find any part or accessories you may need. Please be sure to like this post and share it with friends to help them out with their appliances!

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