Broken Ice Maker? Follow These Easy Steps

You may not even realize how many times you use the appliances in your home until one of those appliances break. Ice makers are extremely convenient and such a hassle when they are broken. If you are looking for a way to try and fix your ice maker before calling a professional, work through these 3 easy steps. With any luck, they'll have your ice machine working as good as new in no time at all.

Start Small

When it comes to ice makers, you don't have to dismantle your entire fridge to get to the most likely problem: clogged inlet tube. This tube transports water from your main water source into your freezer to make ice and filter drinking water. The inlet tube can get clogged by water deposits over time, and when it begins to clog, the water inside the tube will freeze. This completely blocks the water from flowing into the ice maker. To unclog this tube, the steps are simple:

  1. Remove the screws that hold it into place
  2. Carefully unplug the electrical harness
  3. Place ice making unit in the sink to thaw out

Once the unit has been removed from the freezer, locate the inlet tube. It should be on the back wall of the refrigerator, near where the ice maker was attached. After locating the tube, use a hair dryer to carefully melt and dislodge the frozen blockage. Make sure you don't hold the hair dryer to closely to the inlet tube, as it may cause it to melt. Water will start dripping out of the inlet tube as the blow dryer does its job.

Once the dripping has stopped, you no longer have a blockage. Now you can carefully reattach the ice maker by plugging in the electrical harness and installing the screws back in.

Saddle Valve

If you've cleared all blockages in the inlet tube and are still having issues with your ice maker, there is a valve you should check before calling a professional. The valve is called the saddle valve. It is located where the ice maker supply tube meets the water pipe. It can usually be found under the sink. The hole in the valve that lets water in from the water pipe is extremely small and can easily become clogged. You can tighten the valve closed to loosen any blockages. After securely tightening it, loosen it again to re-open the valve.

Checking these two areas in your ice maker before calling a professional can save you the cost of a visit. However, if you check these two sources and a problem still persists, it is in your best interest to contact a professional appliance repairman such as Certified Appliance—they will certainly cause you less frustration than living with a broken ice maker.