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why ice maker not working

2023/05/05

Ice makers are a fantastic convenience, but when they suddenly stop working, it can be a major inconvenience. When you're trying to fix an ice maker, you may wonder what's causing the issue, whether you'll need professional help, or whether it's a problem you can fix on your own. Below are some possible reasons about why your ice maker isn't working and some tips that could help you solve the issue.


First, let's go over the most common causes of an ice maker not working:


1. Lack of power supply

2. Clogged water line

3. Faulty ice-maker switch

4. Damaged ice-making mechanism

5. Water filter blockage


Now that we have that covered, let's dive into each of these issues in more detail.


Lack of Power Supply


The first thing you should check when your ice maker is not working is whether it has power. Sometimes, an ice maker could appear to not work because of an unsuspected power disruption. Check the outlet to see if it is getting proper power supply. If the connection appears to be fine, turn off the switch of your ice maker and then turn it on again after a minute or two to reset it.


Clogged Water Line


A clogged water line is another common cause of an ice maker not working. If that's the case, it's best to shut off the water supply going to the ice maker first. The clog could be caused by a mineral build-up or a frozen water supply line. The best way to solve the issue would be to use a plastic straw and feed it into the water tube. See if you can clear the obstruction by blowing air into the line. Push the straw as far possible in the water line to ensure that it clears the clog. Once you are done, turn the water supply back on and test your ice-maker.


Faulty Ice-Maker Switch


If there is still no ice despite trying the above steps, then the problem could be with the ice-maker switch. The switch may become faulty for a number of reasons, including wear and tear, corrosion, or damage. You can test the switch by pushing the feeler arm down in a clockwise direction or manually turn the ice-maker by rotating the front gear counter-clockwise. If it starts to work, then the ice-maker switch is faulty and you need to replace it.


Damaged Ice-Making Mechanism


If the ice-maker is still not working correctly, it's possible that there may be an issue with the functioning of the ice-making mechanism itself. An overused or damaged mechanism may need cleaning or replacement. Cleaning the ice maker and its mechanism could solve the issue if the problem is due to a clog. If not, then the ice-making mechanism must be replaced.


Water Filter Blockage


Sometimes, the reason an ice maker isn't producing ice could be because the water filter is blocked. The water that flows into the ice maker passes through a filter, which often needs to be changed after a certain number of months or gallons of water filtered. Check whether the water filter is dirty or clogged and change it if necessary.


In conclusion, an ice maker not working can be extremely frustrating. However, using the above troubleshooting tips, you can identify the problem, and resolve it quickly and efficiently. A working ice-maker is a convenience that many of us have come to rely on, so take a few minutes to diagnose and fix any issues that may arise to ensure that you can always enjoy a chilled drink or a refreshing ice-cream on a hot day.

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