Why is My Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Working?

Weatherford Appliance Repair is experienced in refrigerator repair in Weatherford, including services to repair ice makers that aren’t working. Learn about common ice maker issues below:

Refrigerator ice makers are one of the greatest inventions ever. This is a little luxury most people might not appreciate. Refrigerator ice makers are relatively simple machines that don’t feature a lot of complicated components that will have issues.

Like with any appliance repair, there are some basic things that should be looked at before assuming the worst. And, remember, if needed, you can replace your ice maker without replacing an entire refrigerator, depending on the model. First, let’s discuss some of the reasons for an ice maker breaking.

When your ice maker is making ice but it isn’t dispensing it it is usually means there’s a mechanical problem versus an electrical issue. This occurs when shifting things around in the freezer, you push or pull the control switch up or down. A lot of the time the ice maker can get jammed with something else, even another piece of ice. First, check to see if there is ice or food blocking this from operating properly.

Before beginning the process of clearing out the freezer, be sure the ice maker is on. This can be done by moving the metal control arm down. From time to time, moving things around in the freezer might put the switch in the off position. If the control arm is free, then there could be food or ice jammed inside of the ice maker or it’s not getting a good connection.

Check the Control Arm

When the control arm is down and there’s ice but it’s not ejecting it, there could be an electrical or mechanical problem. This will require a bit more diagnosing. Ready to begin? First, we have to check the electrical connection. This can be unplugged from behind the freezer when shifting or moving the food in the freezer.

To inspect this, first unplug the refrigerator and move from the wall. Then, turn off the freezer’s water supply valve. Locate the connection on the back of the inside of the freezer. Essentially this is what plugs the ice maker into the freezer. Be sure that it’s plugged in the right way.

Then, remove all of the ice that’s in the ice maker itself. This can be accomplished by pouring in a little water to help get any ice that’s in there out.

Once complete, turn on the power to the fridge and turn on the ice maker. It could take the solenoid a fewseconds to react and fill the mold. Once the mold is full, wait around 4-5 hours or so to see if you’ve solved the problem.

Check for Frozen Lines

Other ice maker issues that may cause your ice maker to not make any ice are frozen lines. The water lines have been blocked with frost. This is an easy fix.

Unplug the freezer and find the shut off valve. Turn the water off and get a hair dryer to warm the water line or let the fridge sit without being on for a couple of hours until the line is thawed.

Some models that feature a water filter that can freeze or ice over. For these situations, locating the water filter is the first step. Then repeat what was done for the frozen water line.

When your ice maker isn’t making big enough cubes of ice, there is an issue with the settings. To adjust the the ice maker settings, take the top part of the cover of the ice maker off and locate a simple control that displays plus and a minus symbols. To do this, you may need a flat head screwdriver.

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