Why is My Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Working?

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

Refrigerator ice makers are possibly one of the most convenient inventions ever. An ice maker is a little luxury most people might take for granted. Ice makers are simple machines that do not have a lot of components that can cause problems.

Like with any repair, there are a few basic things that need to be reviewed before assuming the worst. And, remember, if needed, you are able to replace the ice maker without replacing the entire fridge, depending on the model. First, let’s take a look at a couple of the causes for an ice maker breaking.

When your ice maker is making ice but it is not ejecting it it is usually a mechanical problem versus an electrical failure. This happens when moving food around in the freezer, you might jam the control switch up or down. A lot of the time the ice maker might get jammed with something else, possibly a chunk of ice. So, look to see if there is ice or food blocking this from operating properly.

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

Check the Control Arm

When the control is down and there is ice but it’s not ejecting it, there might be a mechanical or electrical problem. This will need some more troubleshooting. Ready to begin? First, we must inspect the electrical connection. This could become unplugged from behind the freezer when moving or shifting the food in the freezer.

To check this, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the wall. Turn off the freezer’s water supply. Locate the connection on the rear of the inside of the freezer. Essentially this is what plugs the ice maker into the freezer unit. Ensure that it’s actually plugged in properly.

After that, remove all of the ice that is inside of the ice maker itself. This can be completed by adding a small amount of water to help get any ice that is inside of there out.

Once this is done, turn on the power to the refrigerator and turn on the ice maker. It might take the solenoid component a few seconds to react and fill the mold. When the mold is full, wait 4-5 hours or so to see if you have cleared the problem.

Check for Frozen Lines

More ice maker problems that may cause your ice maker to not produce any ice are frozen lines. The water lines might be clogged with frost. This is a pretty simple problem to fix.

Unplug the freezer and locate the shut off valve. Turn the water off and then grab a hair dryer to warm the water line or let the freezer sit shut off for a couple of hours and wait until the line is thawed.

There are some brands and models that have a water filter that can clog or ice over. In these cases, finding the filter is the first step. Then repeat what was done for the iced water line.

If an ice maker is not making big enough pieces of ice, there is an issue with the ice maker settings. To adjust the the ice maker settings, take the upper part of the cover off and find a standard dial that has plus and a minus signs. For this process, you might need a flat head screwdriver.


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