Now modern refrigerators are coming with a built in water dispenser and ice-maker; this is another step towards convenience for users. This feature has also increased the selling of units as people don’t need to buy a separate ice-maker. The basic thing an ice-maker requires to work properly is a continuous supply of water, if it doesn’t get water then it won’t work, and users will not be able to obtain any ice.
There are several reasons for this, for instance, water isn’t reaching it due to a frozen line, a closed supply valve, or missing filter. Repairing an ice maker doesn’t require any special set of skills, and it is advisable to begin with a fundamental fix because often the problem isn’t too big and it can be resolved by doing the basic stuff.
Now we will start the repair process. First, the user has to move the refrigerator away from the wall so that he or she can easily access its back. The next step is checking the filter. It is important to replace the water filter of your refrigerator every six months. It is something that is used daily and needs to be replaced with the original manufacturer’s filter.
If you are living in places where there is usually hard water, like Arizona, then experts recommend getting it replaced every four months, because a dirty water filter can reduce the refrigerator’s performance, and at the same time it is injurious to your health.
The next thing is checking for the unit’s water supply valve, to see whether or not it is leaking. If you are not aware of the water supply or don’t know where it is located, you can locate it by identifying a narrow-diameter copper line, which is running to the fridge.
The valve is located under the kitchen sink. If there is any moisture around the valve, then there is leakage, and if there isn’t any moisture, then there are no leaks. The next step is turning the water supply valve to the open position and waiting for some time. If the ice-maker starts producing ice, then the problem has been identified, and the valve was closed.
You also need to check the plastic water lines, which are located behind the access panel. This panel can be easily removed with the help of a screwdriver. If there are any bends, then straighten them and look for any possible blockages, such as ice or anything else along the lines. If any blockage is found, then disconnect the power and remove all the frozen food from the freezer door and wipe the bottom portion with a warm towel.
Furthermore, tighten the drain cap; if it is missing, then an ice-maker will produce no ice. The last thing is to apply heat to the water supply to melt any remaining frozen ice. For this purpose, you can use a hair dryer; continue this process until you can clearly see no water coming from the tube. Next, plug the fridge back in and move it back against the wall to its original place.