The ice maker in your SeaTac, WA refrigerator can stop working for a multitude of reasons. The water that goes into the refrigerator comes in from a small supply line and connects to a different part, depending on the make and model of your refrigerator.
Some refrigerator models use a water pipe, others use a funnel, and still, others use a water filter. As a result, a problem with your ice maker can be the result of everything from a clogged filter or line malfunction to something as simple as the setting on the thermostat being incorrect.
With several years of experience working on just about every model of refrigerator out there, our team at Top Shelf can diagnose your problem straight away and tell you what needs to be done to fix it. If you decide to use us for the service call, then your consultation is completely free. Simply send us a message via our website or call us at (253) 444-4786 to get started.
Troubleshooting Your Ice Maker
If your ice maker has stopped making ice, you can try to troubleshoot the problem yourself before calling the professionals. While you may not feel comfortable attempting to repair the issue yourself (and you shouldn’t try to repair it unless you are experienced in this area), you may still be able to locate the source of the problem. This is helpful to whomever you choose to call to come and take a look at it.
Here are some things you can do to troubleshoot your ice maker:
- Bail Wire: Ensure the bail wire (located above the ice tray) is in the “down” position. If not, the ice maker will turn off.
- Fill Tube: Check to see if the fill tube is frozen. If so, this is an easy fix – you can simply melt the ice with a blow dryer.
- Ice Mold: Look in the ice mold – is there ice in there? If so, then the problem does not lie with the ice maker being unable to make ice, but to eject it.
- Ice Ejector Arm: Check to make sure the ice ejector arm motor is functioning as it should.
- Water Supply Line: Check the water supply line to be sure it isn’t bent in any way, and that it’s still providing water. You can find it either behind or underneath the refrigerator.
If all of these things seem to be in order, then the problem may lie with something deeper in the refrigerator, and you’ll need a professional to properly diagnose the problem.
Maintaining Your Ice Maker
A good way to maintain your ice maker so that it experiences fewer issues in the future is to simply turn it off when not in use. This is particularly helpful if you don’t use your ice maker all that often. Some higher-end refrigerator models have control panels on them which allow you to turn the ice maker off. Else, you should be able to simply lift the ice ejector arm into the upright position, which will disable it from operating.
You should also make sure your freezer is cold enough. Per the FDA, you should keep your freezer at a temperature of 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If the freezer is not cold enough, the ice maker may refuse to operate because it is sensitive to temperature.
Another way to maintain your ice maker is to ensure that top-quality water is going to it. The best way to do this is to invest in a water filter. If you use a water filtration system, then it’s a good idea to replace the filter every six months.
Improperly Sized Ice Cubes
Perhaps your ice maker has no problem with making ice but puts out ice cubes that are either too large or too small. If that’s the case, a simple adjustment should be in order to make things right as rain again.
Simply remove the cover (usually white) from the ice maker, using a screwdriver to pry it off if need be. Inside, you’ll see “plus” and “minus” indicators. Screw inward, or toward the minus symbol, if you want the ice maker to reduce the amount of water it uses, and vice versa to increase it.
Are You Having Ice Maker Trouble? Top Shelf Appliance Has Your Back!
While an ice maker repair may not be an emergency, we here at Top Shelf make sure to treat it like one. In other words, we aim to be on time for your service call, diagnose and repair your ice maker issue quickly and efficiently, and leave our workspace as clean as when we found it. We hate when our customers are inconvenienced by an appliance breakdown of any kind, and we’re here to take care of it straight away and improve your quality of life.
Don’t stress over a malfunctioning ice maker! Give Top Shelf Appliance a call today: (253) 444-4786!