the icemaker signals the water-fill valve to open
and allow water to flow into the icemaker tray.
The amount of water is timed by an internal motor
and switch, and the flow rate is predetermined
in the water valve.
the tray is full, it is allowed to rest until the
water freezes. When the water tray thermostat
senses the ice tray has reached a certain temperature,
it signals the icemaker to begin ejecting
cubes into a holding bin. The cycle stops when
the bin is full, which is usually determined by
a metal bar being pushed up by the ice cubes filing
the bin. When ice is used and the wire goes back
down, the icemaker refills with water and repeats
to common questions about icemakers
are the most common questions and answers about
icemakers. If you have an icemaker-related question
that's not addressed here, check out our icemaker
repair help section. You'll find helpful
troubleshooting, repair and maintenance information
along with a detailed illustration of a common
1. Why do my ice cubes
Even if the water produced by your household water
source tastes good as drinking water, it probably
tastes and smells a bit unpleasant when frozen
into ice cubes. A water filter can reduce the
taste and odor problems. If your icemaker already
has a water filter, be sure you change it regularly
to keep your ice cubes fresh. RepairClinic.com
suggests replacing water filters twice a year
for frequent use and once a year for less frequent
use. You can find most common water filters in
filter accessories section.
Note: Ice cubes can also pick up odors from inside
your refrigerator/freezer - especially from open
food containers. To minimize this problem, empty
the ice cube bin from time to time, and start
with a fresh set of ice cubes.
How can I change the shape of my ice cubes?
You can't change the shape. It's determined by
the manufacturer when they design the icemaker.
Can I add an icemaker to my refrigerator/freezer?
Most refrigerator/freezers made in the past 20
years are wired to accommodate an add-on icemaker.
Many do-it-yourselfers tackle this straight-forward
task. Each of the manufacturer icemakers we sell
comes with detailed instructions.
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Why won't my icemaker make ice?
Are you sure it's turned on? Look
for a thin, metal bar on the right side or front
of your icemaker. When this bar is up, the icemaker
is off. When the bar is down, the icemaker is
on. During normal icemaker operation, the bar
will cycle up and down as ice is made. If the
ice bin is full, the bar will rest on the ice cubes
and turn the icemaker off. If the bar is up but
is not resting on ice cubes, gently lower it to
begin making more ice.
How often should I change my icemaker water filter?
it whenever you start detecting a disagreeable
taste or odor. Most manufacturers recommend replacing
it at least twice a year. If you use a lot of
ice or water from the refrigerator, you may need
to replace it more often. You can find most common
water filters in our water
filter accessories section.
How many years should my icemaker last?
Most icemakers last six to 10 years. It is rarely
worth repairing a broken icemaker. We usually
recommend replacing the entire unit if it fails.
How long should it take to make a batch of ice?
icemaker turns out a new batch when the water
in the icemaker freezes, which usually happens
in 75 to 120 minutes. Exactly how long a batch
of ice takes depends on the freezer temperature,
the temperature of the room in which the freezer
is located and the humidity level.
How can I get clear ice cubes from my icemaker?
can't. The cloudiness is caused by entrapped air
bubbles. The clear ice cubes you get at a store
or a restaurant are rapidly frozen by commercial
equipment that traps little or no air.