Having an ice maker allows you to make drinks even on a road trip or by poolside but what if the machine stops working? Even though you can, you do not always have to rush to a professional immediately after the ice makers have a problem. There are some fixes that you can try at home as they almost always help.
Since different companies are making these machines, it is important that you also have the manual in front of you to locate the parts and understand your ice maker. In this guide, we will teach you some common fixes. You can optimize them according to your own ice maker. If you have a warranty for your machine, read the regulations regarding it. Sometimes, the warranty might be broken if you open the ice maker. So, the better thing to do would be to contact the company simply.
Common Troubleshooting Tips
These are not hardcore troubleshooting tips but sometimes, you forget to do the basic things and the machine might not be working because of that. First of all, check if the power cord is attached to the socket right. It might be too lose and not getting power from the outlet. Also, check if there is enough water in the reservoir and the ice maker is turned on.
If everything is in place but your ice maker is still not working, then there could be some internal problems. Let us take a look at what can possibly be wrong with the machine.
Problem 1: Ice Makers Stops Working
The most common problem people face while using an ice maker is that the machine stops working. This is possibly due to the fact that it was making noise or working slowly in the past but you continued to ignore the smaller problem and now the whole machine has stopped working.
There can be many causes for this such as that there no electric signal coming to the ice maker or the water content is not sufficient. Also, maybe the water is not being transported to the ice molds. Sometimes, the water supply might get clogged and this is causing the problem. If the ice bin is full, the ice maker will not make more ice until you remove that ice.
First of all, check if the power cord is in the outlet and the ice maker is getting an electrical signal. If that is clear, check the water level. Make sure it is optimum so that the machine can start working. There are some models in the market that alert you when the water levels are low. If you buy them, you would not have to bear the nuisance of manually checking water levels every now and then.
If something is stuck in the water tubes, you would have to open up the ice maker and check the reason for the blockage. Sometimes, frozen ice might get stuck in there and clog the tube. Use a hairdryer to melt this ice. This should clear the tubes and allow water to flow to the ice molds. If something else is stuck in the tubes, take it out.
Sometimes, the whole pump might be faulty or may have broken. In this case, you will need to get it repaired from a professional.
Problem 2: Dirty or Smelly Ice
Sometimes, your ice maker might be working but it is making dirty or smelly ice. Of course, you would not want to use it. The reason for this is a dirty filter or a blockage in the supply line. This happens when you forget to clean the ice maker. Due to the contact influx of water, minerals start to build up in the ice molds and water tubes.
The best solution to solve this problem is to clean the ice maker. Read the manual to see where the filter is present in your particular machine. If they are removable filters, take them out and clean them.
- Put the filter in white vinegar. You can also use lemon juice.
- This would dissolve the mineral build-up on the filter.
- If there is any debris or stubborn particles, you can remove them using a toothbrush.
- Put the filter back after rinsing.
If there is a blockage in the pipe, you should clean that too. Look for signs of any debris in the connector lines or water separator pipe. Use a wet cloth to clean bigger surfaces and a Q tip for hard-to-reach places.
Alternatively, you can run two to three cycles of ice-making in the machine with water mixed with vinegar. This would clean the ice maker and the smell would go away. Sometimes, the problem might not be in the ice maker but in the water. If the water is unclean or smelly, the ice would be the same too.
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Problem 3: Ice Not Ejected
When your ice maker is not making ice and you open it up, you might see that there is ice in the machine but none in the ice bin. This means the machine is making ice but not ejecting it. Something could be wrong with the:
- The heating coil which separates the ice from ice molds
- Ejector blade that ejects the ice out into the ice bin
Using your manual, find your way to the heating coil and ejector blades. Both these mechanisms need an electrical supply of current. Maybe, the wires have come loose or are tangled up. If you can see this, try to fix them. Sometimes, the wire may be broken or the ejector blades might have broken. In that case, take the machine to a pro.
Most of the time, it is a minor issue that is causing the problem. You can fix these at home. However, if the problem is bigger, make use of the warranty. If your warranty has expired, get help from a professional. Trying to fix a machine when the damage is out of your control could make things worse.