DIY: Ice Maker Repair


Whether you have a stand-alone ice maker or an ice maker that is a component of your refrigerator system, it is a convenient appliance to have. You seldom have to worry about running out of ice if you are entertaining guests. It can be frustrating, however, when your ice maker malfunctions.

Ice Contains Crud

  • If the ice from your ice maker has crud in it, you might have a defective mold. The rough appearance on the ice is made when the Teflon coating from the ice maker mold flakes off and deposits some Teflon flakes into the ice cubes. There is no way to repair this problem other than to replace the entire ice maker.

Ice Maker Fill Tube Freezes

  • If your ice maker fill tube freezes, it could be caused by several things. Check that you have an adequate water supply. If the water supply is too low, the water valve cannot seat properly and will leak. Causes of low water pressure are saddle tap valves that have gunk on them, a water supply line that is kinked, and supplying water to the ice maker with a reverse osmosis filter.

    Also check between the valve seat and the valve diaphragm for sediment. If you find any, replace the valve. Examine the flexible part of the fill tube to see if it is twisted, which might cause ice dams to block the fill tube. Also, if the water was shut off but the ice maker continued to cycle, it might cause freezing of the fill tube. Newer fill tubes have an air slit design that prevent the fill tubes from freezing. Replace your old tube with one of these.

Ice Maker Will Not Make Ice

  • If your ice maker will not make ice unless you wiggle the ejector arm, you must replace the ice maker cam and hold switch. There is a sort of dead spot between a contact opening and the other closing that makes the ice maker stop making ice when both of the contacts are open simultaneously. Replacing these two parts will solve the problem.

The Ice Stinks

  • If the ice from your ice maker has a foul odor, you need to install some in-line water filters. They are simple to install, and can be installed on any model refrigerator. They snap into place in the water supply tubing located behind the refrigerator. The in-line filter kit comes with directions and the fittings to install it. The filter should be changed about every six months because it becomes saturated with gunk.

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