Keep Your Cool – How to Troubleshoot Automatic Ice Maker Problems

Your automatic ice maker gets a lot of use during the hot summer months, and it can be inconvenient to have it break down. However, not all automatic ice maker problems require a visit from a service technician. It might just be a simple fix that requires minimal maintenance. Understanding what some of the common automatic ice maker problems are and how to handle them will make it easier to determine if a service call is necessary.

Ice Maker Settings

Your ice maker may be paused or inadvertently turned off. This is one of the easiest automatic ice maker problems to fix. If the fill bar is flipped up, the ice maker will stop making ice. In most cases, making sure nothing is blocking the fill bar and flipping it back down into the proper position will get the ice maker working again. If you have a newer model refrigerator with a digital display, someone in your household could have pushed the wrong button and paused or powered off the ice maker without even knowing it. You may be able to check your ice maker setting through the control panel. If you are not sure, check your owner’s manual to find out how to reset your ice maker before calling for service.


Temperature Settings

The temperature of your freezer can also cause automatic ice maker problems. If the temperature setting is too warm, the ice will be soft and not form properly. If the temperature setting is too low, the ice will appear frosty or not release from the dispenser. The thermostat is normally found in the refrigerator area. Again, on newer models with a digital display, you will be able to change your temperature setting on the control panel.

The Ice Gets Stuck

Over time, small bits of ice can build up inside the ice maker and cause the ice to be misshapen and get stuck. This can also cause issues with the water line as it will be unable to fill the tray. To resolve these types of automatic ice maker problems, turn off your ice maker either by flipping up the fill bar or through your control pane. Then gently pour warm water over it to help reduce and release the ice. 

Check Your Water Line

The water line is the lifeblood of your ice maker. A clogged or leaking water line is a common cause of automatic ice maker problems. If the waterline freezes, you can try defrosting it with a hair dryer. You can also try unplugging the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Once the water line defrosts, turn the refrigerator back on and see if the ice maker fills and begins to function. If not, it’s time to schedule service.

Change the Water Filter

Changing the water filter is often overlooked or forgotten. Everything that gets filtered out of your tap water will build up, and eventually, the filter will become clogged.  A clog will prevent water from reaching the ice maker, and it will stop working. Regularly replacing your water filter will prevent these types of automatic ice maker problems.


Automatic Ice Maker Problems Have You Stumped?

These are some of the most common problems that can often be resolved without scheduling service. However, if all your attempts fail to get your ice maker working again, give Jersey Coast Appliance a call. We have a staff of expertly trained and certified technicians to perform ice maker and other types of refrigerator maintenance and repairs. We offer a variety of service options to fit your needs, including 24/7 emergency service and Night Owl service. Schedule service today!


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