DIY ice maker repair

A freestanding ice maker is a must-have if you routinely use more ice cubes than your refrigerator's built-in ice maker can produce. If your ice maker leaks, doesn't make ice or doesn't work at all, don't have a meltdown. Sears PartsDirect can help.

Click on one of the troubleshooting symptoms below to see the most common repair for ice maker failures, and use our articles and videos page for more troubleshooting advice and cleaning tips. Once you find out what's wrong, follow the step-by-step instructions in our DIY repair guides to replace the broken part and get the ice maker working again.

To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your freestanding ice maker, search for your model number.

Freestanding Ice Makers

Symptoms common to all freestanding ice makers

Choose a symptom to see related ice maker repairs.

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: wiring failure, broken cutting grid, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, faulty bin thermistor, bad evaporator thermistor
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: bad electronic control board, water supply problems, faulty recirculation pump, sealed system failure, broken cutting grid

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.

October 26, 2016

How to repair broken or damaged wires video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

January 18, 2016

How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

December 9, 2015

How to read a wiring schematic video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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