April 20, 2023

Ice maker articles

From common questions about your ice maker to tips for making the best ice cubes, these articles and videos will help you get the best possible results from your freestanding ice maker. For more troubleshooting guidance and step-by-step repair instructions, check our freestanding ice maker repair help section.

Freestanding Ice Makers

Articles and videos common to all freestanding ice makers

August 30, 2022
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Learn about all the convenient features on our Sears PartsDirect website that make your parts purchases easier.

August 19, 2022
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Find out how to stay safe when repairing your appliances.

June 29, 2022
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Get answers to frequently asked questions about Sears and Sears PartsDirect.

August 18, 2021
Wiring schematic symbols explained.

Learn some of the most common symbols found in a wiring diagram and what they mean.

August 18, 2021
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

Find out what’s wrong with your appliance by following a circuit.

August 17, 2021
How to read a wiring schematic.

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

October 26, 2016
How to repair broken or damaged wires.

Learn how to repair broken, frayed or damaged wires in your appliances.

January 18, 2016
How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts.

Learn how to use a multimeter to check for wiring problems in an appliance that's not working

January 13, 2015
Freestanding ice maker troubleshooting.

See what troubleshooting steps to take with your freestanding ice maker before calling for repair.

January 12, 2015
Freestanding ice maker cleaning tips.

Learn how to keep your freestanding ice maker operating at its peak by following these simple cleaning tips.

December 15, 2014
How to get better ice from a freestanding ice maker.

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

November 01, 2014
Freestanding ice maker common questions.

Browse our common ice maker questions at Sears PartsDirect. Find detailed answers to frequently asked questions.

Symptoms common to all freestanding ice makers

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