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Ice Maker Repair Tips

No ice cubes to cool your beverage because your fridge icemaker is on the fritz? You can buy a replacement icemaker and install it without breaking a sweat. It's simple.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Install a new icemaker

If your icemaker stops working, there's no need to call the appliance repair service. First, locate the saddle valve that's clamped to the house water supply and turn it off and on a few times to break up any mineral buildup clogging the valve. If that doesn't work, unplug the refrigerator and remove the icemaker (Photo 1) to make sure the water inlet at the back of the refrigerator isn't plugged with ice (just heat it with a hair dryer if it is). However, if the water supply isn't blocked and the refrigerator is older, it's time to replace the icemaker. According to appliance repair pros, most icemakers break down long before the refrigerator. The good news is that most replacement kits are simple to install.

Locate the model number on the wall of the refrigerator just inside the door, then buy a new icemaker at an appliance store or online (do a search for “appliance parts”).

Unplug the refrigerator and turn the water off, then take the old icemaker out and disconnect the wiring. Plug the new icemaker in (Photo 2), hold it in position and screw it to the refrigerator wall. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall, disconnect the water supply from the inlet valve at the bottom of the refrigerator, then replace the old inlet valve (Photo 3). Inlet valves should be replaced when the icemaker is replaced, and are usually included with replacement kits. If not, order it separately.

Before you push the refrigerator back, turn the water on and check for leaks.

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September 08, 6:12 PM [GMT -5]

ice maker is over filling, why?

July 21, 2:44 PM [GMT -5]

My ice maker does not fill with water. It hasn't worked for about 4 months. I have replaced the refridgerator filter. The front ice water dispenser works fine. If that works OK is it safe to assume the water filling the ice maker should be working? How can I determine if there is a problem with the water flow before spending $100.00+ for a new ice maker?

April 03, 8:59 AM [GMT -5]

My LG icemaker has a Reset switch. Based on my experience, if the icemaker stops working, try resetting with that switch, and also disconnect/reconnect and spray contact cleaner on the electrical connector. Both are worth trying before replacing the whole unit at $100 +/- .


February 11, 4:46 PM [GMT -5]

i would like to permanently remove my ice maker, but what do I do with the exposed electrical?


February 11, 1:49 PM [GMT -5]

Can I permanently leave the icemaker out of my freezer? If so what do I do with the exposed electrical?

January 04, 4:12 PM [GMT -5]

Very clear instructions, thank you!

January 04, 1:47 AM [GMT -5]

Very clear instructions.

January 02, 9:22 PM [GMT -5]

If you have had your main water valve shut off recently to make repairs or add some plumbing, check to see that the tubing leading to your ice maker is filled with water. If you shut off the main and the icemaker cycles, the water will drain from the refrigerator and it will take 8-10 days for it to refill. Always shut off the little valve where the tubing is attached to the water pipe before shutting off the main valve.

October 25, 12:22 AM [GMT -5]

my problem is the tube that brings the water to the icemaker might lea cause it frezzies up and will block the water

July 08, 1:03 PM [GMT -5]

iIs there any way to adjust the water level in the ice maker?

June 29, 3:01 PM [GMT -5]

Great tip, thanks!

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