How To Repair An Ice Cube Maker That Is Not Getting Water
Dec 08, 2016
Many modern refrigerators come with a built-in ice maker. This is an added convenience for you, and it makes an excellent selling feature when you’re considering putting your home on the market, appliances and all. However, it’s neither of these things if the ice maker isn’t getting any water. Water may not be reaching the ice maker due to a frozen line, missing filter, or a closed supply valve. Repairing an ice maker that isn’t receiving water is a process of elimination. Begin with the easiest fix first and work through possible problems until you find the cause.
Move the refrigerator out from the wall so you can access its back.
Check the refrigerator’s filter. When there is no filter, or it is clogged, the ice maker does not get water. Make sure that the filter is in place, and if it has not been changed in more than six months, replace it with a new one.
Check your refrigerator’s water supply valve for leaks. There is usually one narrow-diameter copper line running to the refrigerator. This is the water supply line. The valve is usually located under your kitchen sink, or there may be one behind the refrigerator. If there is no moisture on or around the valve, then there are no leaks.
Turn the water supply valve so it is fully open and wait for about an hour. If the ice maker produces ice, then the problem was that the valve wasn’t open.
Check the plastic water lines running from the water valve, there may be one or two that are typically located behind the access panel at the back of the refrigerator. The panel can be removed with a screwdriver. Straighten any visible kinks and look for blockages such as ice inside the lines.
Disconnect the refrigerator’s power cord if you see ice in the water lines, and open the freezer door to defrost the refrigerator and freezer. Remove all frozen foods from the freezer and wipe the bottom of the freezer cavity with a towel.
Dump out any ice that is in the ice maker bin and clean the components with a warm, damp cloth.
Tighten the drain cap which is located on the ice maker’s water pan. If this is missing or loose, your ice maker will produce little or no ice.
Apply heat to the ice maker water supply tube to melt any ice that might be frozen inside. Use a hair dryer on its lowest heat setting to do this, or a warm, damp cloth. Move the hair dryer back and forth along the tube constantly as you warm it.
Continue to apply heat until you can see no more water coming from the tube and then plug your refrigerator back in, move it back against the wall, and replace the frozen items in the freezer.
Make sure the ice maker is turned on and wait about two hours for it to begin making ice.
Contact a service technician if none of these repairs solve the problem. The fill tube going into the ice maker can sometimes freeze, which prevents water from getting to the ice maker. To verify and repair this, the unit must be pulled out and checked, and this should be done by a technician.