Troubleshooting the Ice Maker

Ice cubesMany people depend on the ease and convenience that an ice maker allows, as opposed to the tedious use of ice cube trays. But what if your ice maker stops working?? Check out these common problems and their simple solutions, and hopefully you can have your ice maker up and running in no time! Continue reading

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The Hidden Areas That Are Making Your Refrigerator Smell

Refrigerator Drip PanStrong smells from inside a refrigerator are most likely caused by spoiled or rotting foods. However, sometimes after clearing out and disposing of spoiled items, you are still left with a lingering bad odor inside the refrigerator. If this is your situation, here are some areas inside and outside your refrigerator that could be the source of the stink.

The Most Common Sources of Refrigerator Odors

First, be sure to eliminate the most common source of refrigerator odors by cleaning out the refrigerator. Go through all food and condiments and throw out anything rotten or expired. Store any food you plan on keeping in a cooler with ice to keep it safe while you give your fridge a good cleaning.

Remove all shelving, drawers and crisper bins and wash them using warm soapy water and dry them by hand.

Finally, wipe down the interior of the fridge using a water and baking soda solution to absorb smells.

If the strong smell still persists, then here are some areas you could be missing that need extra attention. Continue reading

Why Your Ice Maker Is Not Making Ice

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You don’t realize how important your ice maker is until it suddenly stops working.  Instead of making a quick service call try these tips to save you from breaking the bank.

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Why does my ice maker keep freezing up?

The ice maker fill tube can be accessed from the back of the refrigerator depending on the model.

The ice maker fill tube can be accessed from the back of the refrigerator depending on the model.

A refrigerator ice maker that freezes up can be caused by a frozen ice maker fill tube, faulty water inlet valve, too low freezer temperature setting, or a water filter that needs replacing.

Warning! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more

First, locate the water supply to your ice maker and turn off the water supply via the shut off valve. You may want to have a bucket and towels on hand for any extra remaining water in the water supply line.

Fill Tube and Water Supply Line Frozen

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

The fill tube and water supply line supplies water to your ice maker. The fill tube can be a separate part that connects to the water supply line and it enters from the back of your freezer and into your icemaker. You may need to remove your icemaker to see this tube and to check if it is frozen.

If the fill tube is frozen, you will need to thaw it out using hot water pored over the tube using a turkey baster, or else remove this part from your refrigerator and thaw it out in the sink. You can remove this part from behind your fridge by unscrewing a few screws and detaching the water supply line. Thaw in your sink and reattach.

Some methods suggest using a hairdryer to thaw out this part.  Be careful when using this method as dripping water and electricity could lead to a possible electric shock. Also, exposure to long periods of heat could damage the fill tube part.

Replace the Water Filter

If you have a refrigerator water filter, check to see if it needs replacing or consider replacing it.

Reset the Freezer Temperature

Check the temperature setting on your freezer as it might be set too low. You may want to bump it up a degree or two.

Refrigerator water inlet valve with water supply line attached.

Refrigerator water inlet valve with water supply line attached.

Water Inlet Valve

Water Inlet Valve. Dual outlet water valve used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators with water dispensers and ice makers.

Test the Water Inlet Valve

You may want to also test the water inlet valve. The water inlet valve controls the flow of water into the ice maker and is located in the rear of the refrigerator behind the back access panel. Sometimes this part can go bad and overfill the ice cube tray when it is not needed.

The water inlet valve also has a screen filter that can become clogged with sediment and minerals from hard water over time. Remove the water inlet vale from the refrigerator and use a flat head screw driver to remove the sediment screen from the part. Clean the filter screen using soap and warm water and replace.  Reassemble all parts and test your ice maker.

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