There is nothing like dirty ice to ruin a sparking clear glass of water. Many people rely on an automatic ice maker to deliver ice on demand, but this handy appliances need attention occasionally. Cleaning your ice maker regularly ensures fresh, odor-free ice for your family and guests. Depending on the refrigerator model, you may have to move the appliance to access the area that needs cleaning. Read the owner's manual before beginning. Some manufacturers have a self-cleaning mode you can use and advise against manual cleaning.
Clean the Ice Maker
Flip the ice maker switch to the OFF position. Disconnect the ice maker's water line. You can find the ice maker switch above or beside the ice bin. Refer to your owner's manual if you cannot locate it.
Wait for 10 minutes to allow the ice maker to finish making ice. Take out the ice bin. Place a shallow pan where the ice bin was.
Reach under the ice maker's water pan to find the drain cap. Unscrew the drain cap and allow the water to drain from the ice maker.
Replace the drain cap securely on the water pan.
Pour one 16-ounce bottle of ice maker cleaner into the water pan. Refill the bottle twice with plain water and pour it into the water pan.
Return the ice bin to the freezer.
Select the CLEAN setting on the ice maker's control switch. Allow the machine to run through a cycle, about 75 minutes.
Throw away the ice.
Remove the ice bin and replace it with the shallow pan.
Unscrew the drain cap and allow any remaining liquid to come out. If cleaning liquid comes out, return the drain cap and the ice bin and allow the ice maker to cycle once more, at least another 75 minutes.
Remove the ice bin and dump out the ice.
Turn on the ice maker's water supply. Return the bin and set the ice maker to the ON position.
Clean the Condenser
Use a dolly to move the freezer a 1 to 2 feet from the wall.
Unplug the refrigerator from the electrical outlet.
Remove the condenser cover, a large rectangle on the side, by unscrewing it with a Phillip's head screwdriver. There will be two screws at the top and two at the bottom.
Place the brush attachment at the end of the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum away any dirt and debris from the condenser. A dirty condenser can cause the refrigerator to create poor ice.
Put the condenser cover back into place, using the four screws to secure it. Plug the refrigerator's electrical outlet back in. Push the refrigerator back into position.
Things You Will Need
16-ounce bottle of automatic ice maker cleaner
If the machine stops making ice, you need to have it serviced.