December 15, 2014

4 tips for better ice from an ice maker

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to get better ice from a freestanding ice maker.
How to get better ice from a freestanding ice maker.

If your ice maker's performance is aggravatingly below par, these tips can restore its cool.

  1. If you use a water softener, check that it's working properly. Chemicals from a malfunctioning water softener can damage your ice maker.

  2. If your ice tastes odd, it might be old. To refresh your ice, dump the old ice in the sink, wipe the bin with warm water and dry it completely before putting it back in the freezer. Sometimes ice cubes stick together. Use a metal ice scoop or a large wooden spoon to separate clumps of ice.

  3. If your ice has a plastic smell, plastic from bread sacks and plastic containers not designed to use for storage can release a plastic odor that will be absorbed by the ice.

  4. Unwrapped food or improperly sealed food containers will cause the ice to absorb odor from the food. Make sure you store food in containers or wrap designed for freezer use.

Symptoms common to all freestanding ice makers

Choose a symptom to see related ice maker repairs.

Main causes: failing compressor, bad condenser fan motor, faulty drain pump, bad recirculation pump, water supply problems, bad water valve
Main causes: dirty evaporator plate, untreated water supply, food items being stored in ice storage bin
Main causes: water supply problems, control board failure, weak recirculation pump, clogged water distributer, faulty cutting grid
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, faulty bin thermistor, bad evaporator thermistor
Main causes: bad bin thermistor, condenser fan failure, faulty control board
Main causes: wiring failure, broken cutting grid, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: bad electronic control board, water supply problems, faulty recirculation pump, sealed system failure, broken cutting grid
Main causes: cracked water supply line, leaky drain line, broken drain pump, cracked water reservoir, leaky ice bin

Repair guides common to all freestanding ice makers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your ice maker.

How to replace a freestanding ice maker cutter grid

When the cutting grid is broken, ice cubes don’t drop into the ice bin. Use the steps in this repair guide to replace a broken cutter grid.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a freestanding ice maker electronic control board

When the electronic control board won’t activate the ice maker components, follow these steps to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a freestanding ice maker recirculation pump

If your ice maker isn’t making ice, the pump could be the problem. Here’s how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all freestanding ice makers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your ice maker.

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December 15, 2014

4 tips for better ice from an ice maker

By Sears PartsDirect staff

If your ice doesn't live up to your expectations, these tips can help.