How to Repair a Clogged Ice Maker

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A clogged ice maker is a result of a problem with the supply water or ice that has built up on the mechanism. Check the filter in a refrigerator when repairing an ice maker with help from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement and maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to repair a clogged ice maker. Now there's one or two things that you have to look at when you look at a clogged ice maker, it either has to do with the supply water or it may have to do with the actual ice that has built up on the mechanism and keeping it from working properly. So the first thing we want to check is, as far the supply water, now most of your refrigerators come with a built in filter so the first thing you want to do is see if it's time to replace that filter and you might actually start with that if you're not getting any ice out at all and usually if you have ice and water if the water is not flowing, that's a good indication that you need to replace that filter. So once you've checked that and that's resolved, the next thing to check would be actually up in the particular maker, this particular model has the ice receptor in the door and then it has the ice maker up above here. So what we want to do is we want to check up in here to see if there's any obstructions with the ice. Now if you have any ice obstructions you can simply work that out and pull any loose pieces out. After that the ice maker should function properly, now if you do have a distributor, a caddy system in the door like this where you have an ice dispenser, this has an arm that rotates around. So if ice is not coming out, then it could be that the ice has become melted together, so in that case you simply want to break this up and make sure that this ice is loose. In some cases if the ice has become melted, you need to actually take this out, you may need to dump it out and start with some fresh ice in there. So, when you're looking at fixing your ice maker, you know, you want to look at the, making sure it's getting supply water and then make sure ice is not jammed in any part of the mechanism. I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to repair an ice maker.

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