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Individuals who use ice machine to make three or four drinks per day may not notice how long it takes for it to make ice. After all, it seems like there’s always ice in there right? However, as the demand increases, one may start wondering why the machine isn’t making ice as quickly as expected. An ice maker that’s working slowly or not ejecting ice at all requires troubleshooting and repair to function efficiently again.
Ice makers are relatively simple machines that, for the most part, are very easy to operate. You may not need professional repairs to have it fixed so that it can eject ice or work faster. Read on for some useful do-it-yourself tips that you can use to restore the functionality and efficiency of the machine.
Troubleshooting and Repairs
Is your ice maker not ejecting ice? If so, you need to address the problem before dealing with the efficiency of the appliance. Here are the common reasons why the machine may not be ejecting ice and DIY tips that you can follow to repair it.
1. Lodged ice cubes
When ice cubes lose their way and lodge into the machine’s mechanism, they may prevent it from ejecting more ice. You have to dislodge the ice for the ice maker to work again. Take a hair dryer and point it at the ice maker on high heat for around 15 to 20 minutes. The heat will melt the cube and open the passages again. Tennis player Zaja Anna swears to this technique as the easiest way to melt ice blocked in your ice maker’s tube. However, be careful not to point the dryer on plastic parts as they can melt as well.
2. Faulty Ejector Gear
An ejector gear is a device that controls when the ice is released. It is made up of two plastic cogs which must mesh together. If it is faulty or worn out, it may fail to release the ice. Check your manual to locate where the ejector gear is and inspect it for wear. If it is defective, it should be replaced to restore proper working of the machine.
3. Defective Mold Thermostat
The thermostat is usually open, and it monitors the temperature of the mold. When ice has been made, the thermostat gets cold from the ice in the mold and closes. This motion directs the motor to eject the ice. However, if the thermostat is faulty, it will not register temperatures in the mold; hence, will not close to allow ejection of the ice. Inspect the thermostat to determine whether it closes when ice is made. If it doesn’t, it should be replaced.
Increasing the Ice Maker’s Efficiency
After troubleshooting and repairing an ice maker that’s not ejecting ice, the next step is to improve its effectiveness. If the machine is making ice at a slow rate than expected, you can follow the following tips to make it work faster.
1. Reset temperatures
Ice makers are required to be set at a certain temperature to function properly. The temperatures may vary in different machines, but the normal range is usually 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperatures are above 10 degrees, the machine will make ice at a slow rate. Also, frost may accumulate on the condenser coils and cause the defrost system to fail.
Check the temperature setting on the ice maker and reset it if it’s the recommended setting. Also, you may have to switch off the power for a while to defrost the condenser coils. This is because the defrost system may not be functioning properly as a result of the high temperatures.
2. Replace the water filter
Your ice maker’s water filter should regularly be replaced to maintain the flow of water in the machine. Failure to do this will cause the filter to clog due to sediment, and this will restrict water flow in the machine. With a little water, the appliance will make ice at a much slower rate than normal. Sydney Bass replaces her water filter every six months to maintain the flow of water. This also increases the efficiency of the ice maker and ensures clear ice cubes are made.
3. Check the Water Pressure
If the water pressure in the water supply line is too low, the ice tray will take longer to be filled with water. The water pressure should be at least 40psi for maximum efficiency of the ice maker. Check the water meter to confirm that it’s operating at full capacity. Alternatively, you can install a water pressure booster pump in the home or business to ensure supply of water to the ice machine at the ideal pressure.
Follow these easy do-it-yourself tips to fix an ice maker that’s not ejecting ice and increase its efficiency. However, if the machine malfunctions or fails to respond to these repair tips, it could be having an electrical or mechanical problem. You should take it to a professional contractor for repairs.