How to Clean Your Ice Maker

Is your ice cloudy?


Does it have a strange odor?


Is the taste a little off?


If any of these things apply, then it’s likely time to clean your ice maker. Ice makers can harbor sediments that are left unfiltered in the water, or can even absorb odors or flavors from the freezer. These changes to your ice may not only be unpleasant, but left unchecked, it can lead to ice maker repair. This is why it’s so important to make ice maker cleaning at least a bi-annual affair.


Here are 5 steps from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for cleaning your ice maker and creating delicious, fresh ice every time:


Step 1: Cut the Power

Most ice makers have a bar that – when raised – stops ice production. Go ahead and lift that bar, and if you can’t find out, look for an on/off switch behind the ice maker or just unplug the refrigerator all together.


Step 2: Remove the Bin

Slide the bin out of the freezer and inspect for any issues or debris that has been trapped in the freezer area. Empty the full contents of the bin into the sink and discard.


Step 3: Clean the Freezer Cavity

Using a warm, soapy rag, wipe down the inside of the freezer where the ice maker sits. You may even want to follow up with a diluted bleach solution or white vinegar, just to make sure everything is thoroughly sanitized. Wipe it down one more time with a clean cloth to remove any standing water.


Step 4: Clean the Ice Bin

Check the refrigerator’s user manual to see if the ice maker bin is dishwasher safe or not. If so, run it through the dishwasher; otherwise, hand wash in warm, soapy water.


Step 5: Reactivate the Ice Maker

Replace the ice bin, lower the arm, and you’re set!


If you feel like your ice maker has more complicated issues and is in need of ice maker repair in Dallas, then give Appliance Rescue Service a call today! We are the #1 appliance repair company in Dallas, Richardson, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and beyond. 

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