Believe it or not, ice maker issues are one of the most common causes of refrigerator failure in the summer time. We get calls frequently about ice makers not making ice or making ice but not dispensing properly.

If your ice maker isn’t working, there’s no need to be alarmed. Broken ice makers are common in the summer months because people tend to start using their ice maker more frequently. You can be ahead of the game by knowing what commonly causes ice maker failure and how you can possibly prevent it…

Ice Makers are the Most Common Cause of Refrigerator Failure!

Common causes of ice maker problems include:most common cause of refrigerator failure

  • Freezer temperature is running too low.  When the freezer is running too cold (below 0 degrees F), the water supply tube in its door may freeze. This prevents water being provided to the ice maker that it needs to make ice.
  • Freezer temperature is running too high. On the flip side, ice cubes will not be produced efficiently if the freezer’s temperature is too high (above 10 degrees F).  This is most frequently caused by dirty condenser coils or a defrost system failure.
  • Low water pressure. Sometimes we find that the ice maker isn’t being provided with enough water pressure from the house supply. Ice makers usually need at least 20 psi of water pressure to work properly.
  • Faulty water inlet valve. The water inlet valve is critical to the functioning of an ice maker. It’s an electronically controlled valve that regulates the supply of water to it. If it’s faulty, ice cannot be produced and needs to be replaced.
  • Malfunctioning Ice Maker Assembly. Components of the ice maker assembly can wear down over time and malfunction. All of the components need to be working properly or it will need to be replaced.
  • Defective Dispenser Switch. There are cases in which the ice maker is producing ice as it should, but the dispenser isn’t working. In this situation, the issue is often with the dispenser switch. When this switch wears out, it won’t send the needed power to the dispenser.

What You Can Do to Help Prevent Ice Maker Failure

The first thing you can do is check your freezer’s temperature. It should be between 0-10 degrees F for optimal performance. Check your temperature knob to make sure it’s not set too cold or too warm. If you suspect your freezer temperature is too high, clean your condenser coils of any debris to see if that helps. Another thing you can do is ensure that your refrigerator is receiving proper water pressure (at least 20 psi).

If you’ve taken these steps and you still encounter ice maker failure, it’s best to contact a professional appliance technician. It’s likely that the water inlet valve, ice maker assembly, dispenser switch, or another part needs to be replaced.

For ice maker repair in the Tampa area, contact the Appliance Repair Specialists!