June 28, 2010

Ice Maker Parts and Advice

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Ice Maker

Ice Maker

The hot days of summer are here in earnest. Temperatures are high, humidity is steaming, and we all need something to cool us down.

Ice – it is such a beautiful word in summertime, isn’t it? If you have an ice maker, this is when you use it most.

If your ice maker is not working property, RepariClinic.com can help you diagnose the problem and find the right part to fix this essential summer helpmate.

Here are a few possible problems with your ice maker:

  • No ice – if your ice maker has completely stopped making ice, check items in this order:
    • It may be turned off. Look for the wire along the right side of the ice maker that looks a bit like a coat hanger. If the wire is in the raised position, the ice maker is turned off. If so, try one of these:
      • If your ice maker has a small red plastic lever, lower it to lower the wire.
      • If there’s no plastic lever, simply lower the wire.
  • Make sure that the temperature is 8 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If the freezer is too warm, the ice maker won’t cycle properly and the ice maker fill tube may be blocked by ice. If this is the case, melt the ice by using a hair dryer; be very careful not to melt any plastic parts, though!
  • Replace the water shut-off valve or water-inlet valve, or both, if necessary. The ice maker head assembly may have broken parts. Look to see if the gears are broken. Check to see if the small plastic arms that rest against the ice rake are broken. If the ice maker head assembly is modular and you’ve found broken parts, you can just replace the entire thing.
  • Small ice cubes or too few of them – if your ice maker is producing ice poorly, 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:
    • The water line that’s attached to the back of the refrigerator. Make sure you have good water flow. If the flow is poor, you need to repair, clean, or replace the tubing or the shut-off valve that supplies the water.
    • The water-inlet valve. Replace it if it has failed.
    • Check the freezer temperature. If should be 8 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If the freezer temperature is too low, the ice maker won’t cycle properly.
    • The ice maker mold thermostat. Make sure that it’s cycling properly.
    • 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.

Enjoy your summer with a cool, ice filled glass of lemonade!

April 5, 2010

Maintenance Advice for your Refrigerator and Ice Maker – from RepairClinic.com

Posted in appliance parts, Cleaning, Home, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , , , at 7:01 am by Liliana

Maintain your Refrigerator and Freezer

Maintain your Refrigerator and Freezer

Warm weather is here already  – it was 85 degrees in Michigan last week! Early spring is the perfect time to do some light maintenance on your refrigerator and ice maker. Take care of any problems now and you will be ready for the hot summer months. Then you can relax and enjoy summer barbecues and cool drinks.

Manual Defrost Refrigerator
• Although these types of refrigerators and freezers are increasingly rare, there are still a few around. If you own this kind of appliance, check for frost build up in your freezer. If frost has accumulated on the walls to a thickness of a half inch or more, it is time to clean up. Remove all food from your unit, turn your appliance off and unplug from the wall. Allow all the frost to melt and then wash the entire unit with warm soapy water. When you are done, reset the thermostat and resume normal usage.
Note: It is easy to puncture the evaporator and ruin the refrigerator, so, please, do not use any utensils or tools to scrape off the frost. Give it time to melt on its own.

Automatic Defrost Refrigerator
• On self-defrosting refrigerators and freezers, it is a good idea to clean the drain pan underneath the refrigerator that collects water. (Some are not accessible. Don’t worry if you can’t find yours.)
• Clean the refrigerator cooling fan and the condenser coils. The coils are located underneath your refrigerator. They are usually black and look like a series of small tubes with “fins” connecting the tubes. Order a Refrigerator Condenser Brush to make the job easier.
• Check the door seals to make sure they are sealing properly against the frame of your refrigerator or freezer. If the seals are damaged, or don’t seal properly, your unit will not cool properly. This problem will grow worse as the weather gets hotter and more humid. Clean the gaskets and frame with warm soapy water so they don’t stick to the frame.
• Inspect the back wall of your freezer for any frost build up. You should not have any frost on the back wall or floor of a self-defrosting appliance. The presence of frost is normally an indication that there is a problem. See RepairClinic.com troubleshooting guide for help with defrosting questions.

Ice Maker
• If you have a built-in ice or water filter, it is recommended that you replace the filter every six months.
• If you don’t have a water filter, and you find your ice has a bad taste or smells funny, use a “taste and odor” water filter on the incoming water supply line. Try the RepairClinic.com Universal Replacement Water Filter.
• If you don’t have an ice maker, consider installing one. Many people don’t realize that almost all refrigerators are set up to easily accept an add-on ice maker. Many refrigerators have a tag inside the freezer at the back that gives a kit number indicating exactly what kind of ice maker will fit in that refrigerator. RepairClinic.com carries kits that fit virtually every refrigerator and freezer on the market. Come and see the wide selection in the ice maker accessories section.

For maintenance advice on any appliance in your home, visit us at RepairClinic.com.