How Do I Clean a Kenmore Ice Maker?

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Kenmore produces a variety of household appliances that are sold through the Sears brand of stores. Their refrigerators come in several models and many include an ice maker. Like all other home appliances, Kenmore ice makers must be cleaned. Cleaning the ice maker involves removing excess ice, as well as cleaning all surfaces to remove odors. Although the ice maker does not require as frequent cleaning as the refrigerator, you should clean it any time the ice smells or tastes unusual.

Things You'll Need

  • Sink
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Cloth
  • Towel

Open the freezer door and lift up on the cover of the ice maker to locate the small silver metal bar attached to it. Push the metal bar all the way up until it locks into place.

Look for the ice maker power button, which is located either on the freezer wall or just under the door opening at the top. Switch it to the off position which is indicated by an "O".

Grasp both sides of the Kenmore ice maker bin and pull it straight out of the freezer. Take the tub to a kitchen sink and dump out all of the ice.

Fill the other side of the sink 3/4 full of warm water and add 2 to 3 tsp. of dish soap. Wash the entire inside and outside of the bin with a cloth. Rinse the ice bin in clean water and dry thoroughly with a towel.

Rinse the cloth in the warm, soapy water and squeeze it out to remove most of the moisture. Wipe down the entire ice maker with the cloth to remove any food stains, odors and excess moisture.

Reinsert the ice bin back into the bottom of the ice maker. Grasp the metal bar and pull down gently on it until it lowers back along the side the ice maker.

Switch the power button for the Kenmore ice maker back to the on position, which is indicated by a "I". Close the freezer door.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not clean the Kenmore ice maker with any harsh cleaning supplies or abrasive sponges.

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