We live in an age of convenience, and have access to amenities that simply make our lives more pleasant. Ice, for example, is no longer hard to obtain. Most refrigerators come with an automatic ice maker built-in. Many people use independent ice machines to distribute ice in large amounts and they provide a convenient and inexpensive way to portably chill beverages and keep items cold that would otherwise spoil.
If there is a malfunction with an ice-maker it can be just as aggravating and troublesome as it is useful.
Follow these tips to efficiently locate and remedy what might be causing your ice maker to fail:
Firstly, it’s a good idea to make sure all the appropriate hoses are connected and the water supply is good. If that’s not it, there may be frozen build-up in a hose or inside the machine. This can be fixed easily by defrosting the ice maker (unplugging all connections and hoses) and letting it melt and drain from the hose or interior.
Check the evaporator plate. Depending on the type of machine, this may look like a plastic grid, into which water is distributed from the hose. Check this for discoloration, such as a copper colour showing through. If this is detected, it may mean that the lining of the plate has worn off, and the ice can no longer drop off into the reserve after the freezing process. This piece can build up a frozen layer that will hinder the making of ice. If that is the case, defrosting may also quickly solve this issue. If the lining is in fact worn off, it is at the owners’ discretion whether or not to replace this piece.
Finally, there is a heating module underneath the evaporator plate that is built into the under-side of the ice-maker. The purpose of it is to slightly melt the bottom of the finished cubes so they can be harvested into the reserve. Without taking the ice maker apart, though, this part cannot be seen, and is located in the bottom of the unit. Place your hand on the bottom to feel if it is hot or warm. If you find that it is, this could mean it has over-heated and malfunctioning. You will likely need to replace the control module that regulates this part.
There are many facets of how the automatic ice maker quickly and efficiently produces ice for our convenience. This has been an outline of some of the most common and simple problems and fixes, and you should always consult your owner’s manual for model-specific parts and maintenance routines.