Ice Maker Issues? How To Make The Repair Yourself


The ice machine in your refrigerator is a great addition to have. It's a wonderful convenience to have an ice maker and not have to worry about filling those plastic ice trays each and every time you want to have ice for your drinks. The downside to the ice machine in your refrigerator is that it is just another appliance that can break. See below for some refrigerator repair tips if you are having issues with your ice maker.

Small Ice Cubes

If you have small ice cubes coming out of your machine, you may have a kink in your water line, or it could be frozen. Check the water line behind your refrigerator and look for any kinks. If your water line goes to your kitchen sink or elsewhere, follow the line to see if it has a kink anywhere else. Replace the line, if necessary, with a new one. If it's frozen, you may need to thaw it out using a hairdryer. 

No Ice

If you aren't getting any ice at all out of your ice machine, you could again have a kink in the hose, or the line could be frozen, or it could simply be that a piece of ice is blocking the ice maker. Open up the cover of the ice maker and check for any ice cubes that may be stuck. Remove the stuck ice cube, and wait to see if the machine begins to make ice again. If it still doesn't make any ice, check the water line again.

Stinky Or Cloudy Ice Cubes

Stinky ice cubes or cloudy ice cubes may mean that your water filter needs to be changed. Check to see the last time you changed the water filter, and replace it with a new one. You can find a new water filter at your local hardware store, appliance store, or online. If you've never changed the water filter before, read the manufacturer's instructions to see how to replace your water filter.

Moldy Ice Maker

If the exterior portion of your ice maker has any mold growing on it, this isn't exactly healthy. Use a steam cleaner to help remove any mold/mildew and wash the area with vinegar and water or soapy water to give it a deeper clean. This area may also accumulate calcium buildup. Using vinegar and water will also help remove the buildup.

The ice maker in your refrigerator is just another thing that can break on your appliance. If you are experiencing any issues with your ice maker and you aren't able to make the repair yourself, call a professional repairman for help.

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