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Ice Makers: Troubleshoot & Fix Common Issues

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When you want some ice, the last thing you need is an ice maker on the fritz. Ice makers are a convenient addition to any refrigerator, with many modern fridges having them installed from the get-go.

Ice maker troubleshooting can save you money in the long run and reduce headaches. It’s also important to know what you can do on your own and when it’s time to call a professional.

5 Common Ice Maker Problems

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are with your appliances, malfunctions and other issues happen. Some of these can be fixed on your own, while others may need to be solved by a professional.

Either way, here are the most common problems you may encounter with your refrigerator’s ice maker.

1. Incorrect Temperature Settings

The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in our homes. Having the correct temperature setting is essential to getting the most out of your unit.

The thermostat for your refrigerator and freezer is typically found inside the refrigeration compartment. If either of these settings are too cold or too warm, it could cause problems with ice-making functions.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), refrigerators should be set below 40°F. Although many sources online recommend setting it even lower. Anywhere between 35 and 38°F is the sweet spot. Meanwhile, freezers should be set at 0°F.

2. Expired Water Filter

The water filter within the ice maker needs to be changed regularly. They can become clogged with minerals and other elements that are being filtered out of your water line. After a long enough time, it will become difficult for water to flow through them due to blockages.

Check your refrigerator owner’s manual to find out where the filter is within the unit and how to access it. Determining if it is clogged and needs to be changed could fix your ice maker issues.

How often you need to change your filter will also depend on your refrigerator and the filter you’re using. Expect to need to swap in a new filter every few months.

3. No Ice

If your built-in ice maker isn’t producing ice, there could be an internal issue with your fridge. One of the most common causes of ice production issues is a faulty water valve. However, there could be other components within the refrigerator that are malfunctioning.

These can be difficult problems for a homeowner to identify. If you’ve already checked your thermostat and filter, the next step is calling in a repair professional to check for internal problems.

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4. Leaky / Clogged Water Line

A clean and functioning water line is the key to keeping your ice maker running smoothly. If this line is clogged, cracked, or improperly connected, problems can occur.

In some refrigerator models, you can manually check the water line to see if there are any obstructions or if it is connected properly. Some fridges have the water line in hard-to-access places.

Check your refrigerator owner’s manual to determine the location of the water line. If there is any blockage or problem that you can’t figure out on your own, call a professional for help.

5. Ice Maker Does Not Turn Off

Another common problem is an ice maker that won’t turn off. The sound alone can be annoying, but it can also be potentially damaging to your refrigerator.

Ice makers work on a bail wire system that switches into an up or down position depending on whether the unit is on or off. If this mechanism is malfunctioning, your ice maker may not turn off. It also may not turn on either.

This is a complex mechanism, so it is recommended to call a professional with this sort of problem.

Does a home warranty cover ice makers?

Select Home Warranty coverage plans can include ice makers that are part of a refrigerator unit. Our coverage includes components and parts, including motors and thermostats.

Naturally, you’ll want coverage for your refrigerator, too. SHW also offers excellent refrigerator coverage, guaranteeing all parts and components.

The average cost of ice maker repairs can exceed $300. Refrigerator repair costs can run over $1,000, depending on the issue. Having a home warranty can significantly reduce these costs and all of the stress that comes with breakdowns and malfunctions.

Get a quote and get on your way to peace of mind and savings.