Poor refrigerators! In the old days, all they were expected to do was keep the milk cold, and perhaps freeze some meat, TV dinners or popsicles. Today they have all kinds of built-in features! Tap water, filtered water, crushed ice, cubed ice, quick chill and touch screens are all becoming regular options for refrigerators.
But one of the first things to go, with all these extras, is the ice maker. You push the button, and no ice comes out. Maybe you hear some grinding going on inside, but no cubes come falling down and clinking into your glass. A few water droplets arrive, a couple of ice chunks, and some cold air, but no ice to make your beverage cold. If the refrigerator is out of warranty, many people just live with it, and stare at the wasted space taken up in the freezer every time they grab the ice cream.
Why have a refrigerator that doesn’t work 100%? Call River City Appliance of Sacramento! We are here to keep all the features of your ‘fridge working on command, including the ice maker.
Common Ice Maker Problems
While there may be a serious problem with the ice maker, often the fix is relatively simple and something anyone can do. Before you call for one of our experienced technicians, check these things first:
The Sensor Arm is Stuck
If your freezer is very full or has a lot of ice buildup, it’s possible the mechanical arm that senses whether or not the ice container is full has become stuck. Are frozen peas wedged into the icebox? Has frost attached itself to the arm, freezing it in place? Clear the cause of the stuck sensor arm and ice will start flowing in short order.
Ice Outlet Clogged
If ice is in the container, but it’s not moving down to your glass, it may be that the outlet is clogged. Sometimes a couple of ice cubes get stuck together and neither one makes any progress down the chute, and meanwhile they block all the other cubes from moving anywhere either. Clear out the blockage and grab yourself a few cubes for your drink while you’re at it.
Water Filter or Water Line Frozen
Ice is great in the icebox, but not so great in the water line or the water filter. If water doesn’t flow, it’s likely that one or the other of these items require a defrosting.
If I Knew How to Do That…
Of course, you may not care to get involved in a DIY fixit project on your ice maker or any other part of your refrigerator. That’s why River City Appliance has technicians ready to check all the possible problems that lead to ice maker failure. Whether simple, like we’ve discussed above, or complex, like a failed motor or electrical connection, our team is here to assist. Call us or write to our staff online and we will have someone out to help you as soon as possible.
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