During the hot summer days, the ice maker is our best friend in the kitchen. But what if your ice maker suddenly stops making any ice, what are you to do? Well, my friend, you are in luck, because this article will help you know the reason why and what are the necessary steps to perform in order to resolve the issue.
So, why is your ice maker not making any ice?
1. Power connection
Before anything else, check whether your machine is connected to the power outlet, if it is, check if the power outlet is functioning well and is transmitting electric current. Then turn on your ice maker to check if it is okay or not. The wire along the right side of the machine should be lowered as far as it goes. If this is in a raised position, your machine is off and it will not make any ice.
2. Correct freezer temperature
If the icemaker wire is positioned correctly and is turned on, proceed to check the freezer temperature. The temperature should be within the range of 0 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s above 10 to 12 degrees, your machine will not produce ice.
For a newly installed icemaker, you will need up to 24 hours to let the machine function and cool down. A newly installed icemaker may not work until the ice mold temperature has dropped to about 15F – 16F degrees. If you have just added a water line to the refrigerator, it may take up to about an hour and a half for the machine to start working. Also, a newly installed water line may have air in the line. It can sometimes take a few ice making cycles to clear the line of air.
3. Check water source
Okay, in order to make ice, you need water. So make sure that there is water flowing to the ice maker. Check for kinks in the tubing and look out for frozen particles stuck within the water tube. Also make sure that the household water supply is turned on. Sometimes the water inlet valve can go bad. If there is water in the ice maker, but it’s not freezing, use a freezer thermometer to verify that the temperature is cold enough for it to freeze.
4. Check copper supply
Make sure the copper supply line to the refrigerator is turned on under the sink, or coming from the basement.
After checking all the above mentioned factors and certain that the freezer is cold enough but it is still not making any ice, check and feel the bottom of the ice maker unit. This spot is normally cold for an ice maker running smoothly. But if it is hot or warm, it is possible that the little heating element inside is stuck or damaged. This heating element when turned on melts the bottom of the cubes so that they can be released and harvested by the ejector blades. In this case, you will have to replace this part in order to make your ice maker work smoothly again. spiral freezer