Refrigerator Appliance Repair: Troubleshooting a Faulty Ice Maker

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Fred's Appliance
November 17, 2015

There are a number of malfunctions that can cause your ice maker to stop working. Luckily, a few of those defects are easy-to-fix. If you’re dealing with a faulty ice maker, the troubleshooting steps provided below can help you diagnose the malfunction. However, keep in mind, not all glitches are simple fixes and a call to your local refrigerator appliance repair company may be required to repair certain problems.

Temperature Issues

A freezer temperature above 10 degrees Fahrenheit will most definitely disrupt your ice maker’s ability to produce ice. An acceptable temperature sits between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your freezer isn’t cold enough, check the condenser coils for excessive dirt and make sure the condenser fan is functioning properly. When neither of these parts are faulty and your freezer’s temperature is still too high, you may need to call a professional.

Low Water Pressure

Your ice maker requires sufficient water pressure to operate. If the water pressure falls below 20 psi, it is considered inadequate and can halt your appliance’s production of ice. To find out whether this is or isn’t the issue, simply purchase an inexpensive pressure gauge and test the pressure at the refrigerator’s water inlet valve.

Dirty Filter

The flow of water to your dispenser can become restricted due to a clogged filter. When this happens your ice maker will not generate ice. Changing your refrigerator’s water filter every six months will help you avoid this problem.

Ice Maker Switch

While the ice maker switch may possibly be defective, there is also a chance it was turned off on accident. To ensure this is not the case, check the switch and confirm it’s in the on position. If it’s not, simply switch it from off to on.

If none of the above repairs fix your ice maker’s malfunction, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.

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