Ice Machine Troubleshooting

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Ice machines are convenient devices that are now commonplace in most homes and kitchens. With any appliance it may become necessary to repair the machine from time to time. Although professional repair sometimes is costly, certain steps can be taken to ensure the ice machine continues to work without need for costly repairs. Using do-it-yourself repair guides can save the appliance owner lots of money, but with any machinery the owner should make sure to take all the necessary safety precautions.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety gloves
  • Screwdriver set
  • Flashlight
  • Check whether the ice machine is plugged in, as this is the number one problem. Check that the power cord not only is plugged into the wall socket but that the cord also is not frayed or disconnected from the power supply inside the machine. Remove the back panel or casing of the machine using the correct screwdriver, and always wearing the safety gloves.

  • Unplug the machine. Use the flashlight to see inside the machine if it is a large industrial model. Check all the wires on the power end of the machine and on the digital display if one is present. Search for any signs of worn wires or detachment. Remove any broken wires and purchase replacements at a hardware store.

  • Check the water flow of the machine. Turn the water valve to the off position for several minutes, and then to the on position. Look for an increased flow, if no water is present the problem is outside of the machine in the building's water system. Check the drain bins that collect water runoff. Test to make sure the drain in the bin is working correctly. If not, it may have overflowed and shorted out one of the machine's systems.

  • Look in and around the machine thoroughly for wet spots or drips. Look at each individual hose for moisture. Replace any leaky or broken hoses by purchasing replacements at a local hardware store.

  • Look at the ice cubes the machine makes. if it indeed still does make ice. Search for cleanliness of ice and that no "specks" of dirt or foreign substances are present. Look at the protective coatings of existing tubes and hoses for breaking or peeling, as this almost always is the cause of dirty ice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always consult the machine's manual before attempting self repair. Check whether your machine still is under warranty before disassembling it, as you may void the warranty.
  • Make sure the machine is unplugged before touching any inside component.
  • Never touch any exposed wire without wearing safety gloves.

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