ice maker issues

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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Icemaker Not Making Ice? This Could be Why.

In our experience, icemakers often last around 3-10 years, so with that being said, they tend to be less reliable than the refrigerator itself. Often, the refrigerator is working great, but the icemaker is not making any ice. It’s a problem.

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If you are experiencing issues with your McKinney icemaker not making any ice, here are some possible reasons:


1.  Faulty Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve is the part of the icemaker that controls how much water gets to the icemaker. If you know that your water pressure is good and your icemaker has power, then a faulty water inlet valve could be the culprit. These can just break on their own, or they may get stuck due to mineral build-up over time from the water running through.


2.  Temperature is Too High

This is a simple one you can troubleshoot on your own! Icemakers produce ice best when they are running at a temperature below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. If your freezer is running around 10 degrees or higher, try bumping the temperature down a few notches and see if it begins to produce ice more efficiently. Sometimes it’s an easy fix that saves you the cost of any icemaker repairs!


3.  Faulty Ice Maker Assembly

Unfortunately, if one of the above does not fix the issue, you may need a new icemaker assembly. Most manufacturers do not sell the icemaker parts separately, so a new assembly may be in order. At Appliance Rescue Service, we always do everything we can to ensure a specific part cannot be ordered to fix the issue before recommending an entirely new icemaker assembly.


If you need appliance service in McKinney or anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, give Appliance Rescue Service a call today! Our team is expertly trained in all icemaker repairs – along with refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, cooktop, and washer/dryer repairs.

3 Reasons Your Ice Maker May be Underproducing

It’s August in Texas and that means it’s hot! Chances are, you are going through a lot of ice in your home. But have you ever grabbed a glass of ice and thought your ice maker was underproducing?


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Ice maker production varies based on the model of refrigerator you have, so check your owner’s manual for details on what the optimum production should be. If you still feel like your ice maker isn’t producing enough ice, then chances are the ice maker issue is related to one of 3 things: the freezer temperature, amount of water funneling into the ice maker, or the water value itself.


Freezer Temperature

The number one way to maximize ice production is to have the temperature in the freezer set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Using an appliance thermometer, check your freezer’s temperature and get it as close to 0 degrees as possible. If you are registering temperatures higher that 5 degrees, then it’s time to check the door seals, check for a faulty thermostat, or call Appliance Rescue for ice maker repair in Dallas.


Water Line

A clogged water line can certainly wreck havoc on your ice maker and cause it to underproduce. Turn off the water, disconnect your water line per owner’s manual instructions, place the line in a bucket of water, then turn the water back on. If the water flows freely through the line, then the water line is not the issue.


Water Valve

The water inlet valve can easily get clogged with frozen water or ice cubes, or may even malfunction due to an electrical shortage. If you suspect a water inlet valve malfunction, it’s best to call a professional to properly diagnose and troubleshoot the issue.


If you need ice maker repair in Dallas, call the experts at Appliance rescue Service. Our team strives to be the best appliance repair company in Dallas!