Is your ice cream maker leaking blue liquid or water? You might be cleaning it wrong. Here’s why.

Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s so versatile and delicious, that it makes for fond childhood memories and a sweet relief in hot days. Decades ago, you could only get it from stores or the ice cream truck, but these days, all you need is a freezer and some specialized appliances. Ice cream makers.

These machines have revolutionized the way in which people prepare ice cream at home, they’re simply amazing. But even the most wonderful appliances will fail eventually. If you’re reading this, yours probably is, and I’m really sorry to hear that.

If your trusty ice cream maker is suddenly leaking blue liquid or water, there could be a lot of reasons to explain it. From improper storage conditions, to untimely cleaning, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to cause this situation. 

The good news is that this has been happening to thousands of people for a long time, so most manufacturers already know the most common practices that contribute to this inconvenience.

The bad news is that, when it has already happened, you will most likely have to replace your ice cream maker. Bummer, I know.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Below, I’ve prepared a list of the most likely explanations behind your ice cream maker leaking blue liquid or water. I’ll do my best to provide you with the simplest solutions and alternatives to the issue.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Fixing a Leaking Ice Cream Maker

Before we delve into the actions or lack thereof that could be contributing to this unfortunate situation, it’s important that we get a couple of things clear. First, I should tell you that the blue liquid is coolant. This same substance can be found in a lot of other household items, such as gel packs.

As you can imagine, this material is very good at both preserving heat and maintaining sub-zero temperatures, which works great for making ice cream or reducing the swelling from an injury.

And while there’s an ongoing debate on whether this particular version of the substance is food-grade and safe to consume, it goes without saying that you should avoid preparing ice cream when you have a leak like this. Just to be safe.

Ice Maker Leaking Blue
If you observe blue liquid leaking from your ice cream maker, we advise you NOT to use it.

#1 Cracks

Avoid sudden temperature changes

I want to start off this list with the first thing I’d check. If your ice maker has suffered any accidental drops since you bought it, there could be some damage. And I’m not talking about big, noticeable cracks. Something as small as a hairline fracture could be causing the blue liquid or water to seep through.

Remember, these are appliances that experience constant temperature changes, which translates into contraction and expansion. Even the tiniest imperfections could be to blame here.

Solution: Try storing your ice cream maker somewhere safe, as far away as possible from damage, friction, or drops.

You have to be extra careful here, as your manufacturer will not cover this fault under their warranty. Accidents, or damage from improper storage, are not considered as “normal operating conditions”.

#2 Improper Storage

Find a safe spot for your ice cream maker

They may not look like it, but ice cream makers hate to be stored in any weird position. You might be able to get away with storing a toaster oven sideways or upside down, but since ice cream makers have liquid inside them, gravity plays an important part in keeping them in tip-top shape.

If your ice cream maker is leaking blue liquid or water, chances are you’re not storing it the way your manufacturer recommended.

Solution: You might have to do some rearranging in your kitchen. Try your best to clear a dry, wide space to put your ice maker in so that it sights tightly, and in the right direction.

This might seem unimportant, but trust me, doing this will not only prevent the blue liquid or water from leaking, but also keep your appliance safe from other possible failures that could reduce its lifespan significantly. 

#3 Cleaning It Before It Reaches Room Temperature

Let your ice cream maker reach room temperature

Most ice maker manufacturers will advise you to wait until the appliance reaches room temperature before trying to clean it, and there’s a good reason for that.

Just as I said before, these machines are under constant temperature changes, which means that, if you just prepared ice cream, the materials are very cold, and contracted.

Using anything other than ice-cold water to wash it, could cause a sudden reaction that will eventually damage your appliance’s body, and even crack it.

Solution: Cold water can be very harsh to your hands, so I’d advise against trying to wash your appliance immediately after use. Try leaving it somewhere safe for between one and two hours. This should give it enough time to reach room temperature.

Lukewarm water will work great for cleaning your ice cream maker.

#4 Storing It in the Freezer

This is where most people are awestruck. Right now, you’re probably thinking, “what do you mean I can’t store my ice cream maker in the freezer? Isn’t that where it’s supposed to live?”.

Surprisingly, no.

Although keeping your appliance in the freezer would be the most logical thing to do in order to keep it ready for use at all times, this practice can actually cause a lot of damage to it.

You wouldn’t believe the number of livid people leaving reviews all over the Internet saying that their ice maker started leaking blue liquid and made a mess, ruining all their frozen goods.

Solution: Try keeping your ice cream maker in a dry, safe space, and only put it in the freezer when you’re going to use it. A couple of hours should be more than enough.

#5 Washing It in a Dishwasher

Keep your ice cream maker away from your dishwasher

Having established how sensitive ice cream makers can be too sudden temperature changes and improper cleaning, it should come as no surprise to you, that putting them in a dishwasher is a bad idea.

While they are very convenient, dishwashers are designed to operate under somewhat harsh conditions. They use very high temperatures to get rid of any food residue stuck to your crockery, and the washing cycles are not too delicate either. 

While cleaning your silverware in this appliance is great, it should stay as far away as possible from your ice cream maker, unless your manufacturer states otherwise.

Solution: Always wash your ice cream maker by hand, and avoid using too much water in the process. A little goes a long way.

Cuisinart ice cream maker with ice cream inside
Sudden temperature changes from your dishwasher could damage your ice cream maker, so try to wash it by hand.

#6 Immersing It in Water

Use water sparingly when cleaning your ice cream maker

This is a very common mistake across ice cream maker owners.

While the recommended washing instructions and conditions will depend on your make and model, it’s never a great idea to fully submerge your appliance in water.

As you can imagine, ice cream makers are designed to be sealed tight. No water should come in, and none of the blue coolants should come out, but this is not always possible. If your ice cream maker is leaking blue liquid or water, this sealing might be compromised.

This can not only put your appliance’s internal components at risk, but also reduce its cooling capacity, since the coolant inside it could have gotten mixed with the incoming water.

Solution: Change the way in which you clean your ice cream maker. As stated above, your appliance should never be fully immersed in water.

To get great results and prevent damage to your appliance, all you need is to wait for it to reach room temperature, and then use a little water, some dish soap, and a damp cloth.

When Should You Get Help?

As I said at the beginning of this article, all the items on this list are preventive measures. Fixing an ice cream maker that’s already leaking can be very challenging, especially if you’re not very familiar with the process.

Given that the issue is already present, it would be ill-advised not to call a professional.

If your ice cream maker is showing signs of damage, the best thing you can do is look at your warranty and find out if you’re still under coverage. Being these leaks such a common occurrence, most manufacturers are familiarized with it, and will do their best to help you and offer you a replacement.

When they do, just make sure to follow all the points listed above, and your new ice cream maker should last for years.

Conclusion

Ice cream makers are a godsend to anyone who loves versatility and a good dessert. But as wonderful as they are, what happens when they start leaking blue liquid or water? Where does that leave you?

At best, with a messy kitchen, and a tedious hour-long wait to get a hold of your manufacturer’s customer service center.

Luckily, there are many ways to avoid this. Remember, ice cream makers are appliances that benefit more from preventive measures than corrective ones, so making sure to store and wash them properly, along with placing them in a safe spot, should save you a lot of headaches.

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Enjoy the ice cream!