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Ice Maker Appliance Troubleshooting and Repair Guides
by 411HomeRepair on May 19, 2010
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR ICE MAKER?
The ice maker is a separate appliance within the freezer section of your refrigerator/freezer. I have found that the most common refrigerator repair is the ice maker.
Even cheap fridge freezers have an ice maker because almost all refrigerators today have one. This is an important section of your refrigerator because ice cubes are almost a necessity when preparing cold drinks. It's important to take good care of the icemaker because it may be a little bit expensive to have it repaired. Below, you will find some of the common problems with icemakers and steps on how to fix it.
In-freezer ice makers are inexpensive. Often it's not economical to repair them after 6 to 8 years of use. When the problem is with the ice maker itself, we usually recommend replacing the unit rather than repairing it.
Warning! To avoid personal injury or even death, always disconnect your appliance from its power source--that is, unplug it or break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box--before you do any troubleshooting or appliance repair work. Also, because some components may have sharp edges, use caution while working on your appliance.
There are three common problems with icemakers:
There's no ice
|If your ice maker has stopped producing ice completely, check these, in this order:
Small or too few ice cubes
|If the ice maker is producing ice poorly--making small cubes or too few cubes--you probably have a clogged water line, a defective water-inlet valve, or a defective ice maker mold thermostat that isn't cycling properly. Check these:
Specks in the cubes
|If you find black or gray specks in your ice cubes, have a look at the ice cube tray. If the protective coating is peeling away, the most economical solution is to completely replace the ice maker.|
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