Troubleshooting common ice maker problems at home

Ice maker problems can cause a lot of inconvenience for you.

A cold beverage for hot summer days, cold water for picnics or a bottle of champagne in ice. Whether it is a special occasion or a regular morning with orange juice, ice maker comes in handy a lot. Just like any other appliance in your house, ice makers can sometimes break and stop working.

While you can’t predict when ice maker problems are there, you can still be prepared to fix it. Moreover, what is even better, you can maintain it in a good condition and avoid accidents.

So, let’s jump straight to discussing some of the common ice maker problems and their solutions.

What are ice maker problems?

If your ice maker doesn’t make ice it doesn’t necessarily apply that it’s broken. How? Well, very simple – a shortage of water is the most common reason of “broken ice makers.” Before diagnosing your ice maker, check if it has water, if it does and still doesn’t work then it’s safe to say something is wrong.

The other two common reasons are:

1) high temperature in the room, and

2) high water temperature.

Make sure the room where your ice maker is located isn’t hot and the water you use doesn’t exceed 90 degrees.

The room isn’t hot, the ice maker is filled with cool water but still doesn’t work? Check the filter of your ice maker. Very often due to poor maintenance, the filter gets clogged. Similarly also check the water inlet valve to make sure the water is properly running.

And the last common issue that has been reported is frozen ice maker. Sometimes, besides freezing the water, the ice maker freezes itself and ultimately stops working.

Now let’s find out how you can fix these issues.

How to troubleshoot?

The first step to troubleshooting is checking. In the previous section, we already pointed out major causes and where to look. Below you can find solutions to each of the issues that we underlined:

  • Lack of water

The solution to this is very simple – fill in the water supply and try again.

  • High room and water temperature

If you can’t decrease the temperature of the room then move the icemaker somewhere else, give it some time to cool down and then try again. If the problem is the warm water then make sure you pour the water and fill in cooler water (lower than 90 degrees).

  • Clogged filter or water inlet valve

If you find out that the problem is in the filter or the water inlet valve then clean both and make another attempt. For the future, make sure you clean the filter regularly to avoid this specific issue.

  • Frozen ice maker

Let it melt and check what the temperature on the thermostat is. Go back to the manual and follow its regulations.

In refrigerators or separate, ice makers come in handy a lot and with these tips, you should be able to maintain them properly.

If you can’t fix the problem with your ice maker or not sure about it, simply refer to a good appliance repair company for help. It is always a winning and safe option.