Like any other appliance, ice makers come with their own set of faults and challenges.
One of the main culprits is a leak in your ice maker. Let’s take a look at what’s going on with your ice maker when it leaks, and more importantly – what you can do about it.
If you’re in a rush, here’s some quick tips to fix a leaking ice maker:
- Use a layer of newspaper or old towels under the fridge to catch drips and mess.
- If doing any sort of D.I.Y to your fridge, disconnect it entirely from the power source FIRST.
- NEVER use boiling water in an attempt to melt ice – you may crack shelves or housing components in the fridge due to the extreme change in temperature.
- Look after your appliance’s components and finish – never use metal implements, steel wool scourers or abrasive cleaning agents on your appliance – these lead to damage, scratching and wear.
- D.I.Y may void your appliance warranty, so check with the manufacturer/retailer before you dig in!
- Keep your appliance manual safe and easily accessible, for example in a kitchen drawer, and refer to it often for advice, technical information and warranty information.
For those of you who want details and not fast fixes – let’s dive into the details and fix this ice maker properly.
Why is my Ice Maker Leaking Water?
Your ice maker is leaking. It’s annoying, messy, and you’re not getting the ice production you deserve. This is simply ‘no bueno’ friends. So what’s going on? Here are some common causes of a leaky ice maker:
- You have an ice jam. The ice in your ice maker is getting jammed up and accumulated in the bin, chute or trays.
- Your fridge is not standing level.
- The ice cube fill valve and ice fill cup are not aligned properly.
- The condensation drain is clogged.
- Faulty or leaking water supply pipe.
- Loosened or leaking connections.
- The water filter and dispenser need checking.
- The fill tube for the ice maker is leaking.
Solve Leaky Ice Maker Problems with these Quick Fixes
|Ice jamming, built up or clogging the ice maker.||Put a large sturdy bowl below the ice maker dispenser. Open the fridge door and find the top of the dispenser chute. Pour a cup of warm water down the chute and wait a few seconds, then test the dispenser again. Repeat several times, this may be enough to thaw the built up ice.|
|Ice jamming, built up or clogging the ice maker.||Holding the ice dispenser open and using a long handled wooden spoon, break up the ice accumulated in the dispenser chute, especially at the bottom. You may need an extra pair of hands here. The large bowl below the dispenser will catch any falling ice. Once the ice is cleared, wipe down the chute with warm water, dry it, and then try the dispenser again.|
|Fridge isn’t standing level.||Using a bubble/laser level reader, check if the fridge is standing level. If it isn’t – either extend the fridge’s feet to level it, or use a wooden wedge to level the appliance.|
|Fill Valve & Ice Fill Cup not aligned.||If either the fill valve or fill cup look like they may be out of place, carefully refasten them into alignment. Once they’re properly lined up, the leak should stop.|
|Clogged Condensation Drain.||If there’s a layer of ice over the condensation drain, pour hot (not boiling) water over it to melt it. Soak up all water afterwards to avoid that water freezing and causing another ice block.|
|Water Supply Pipe Fault.||Check that the pipe supplying water to the ice maker is not kinked, damaged or pierced anywhere. If the pipe is leaking either perform a good quality seal yourself or have a technician replace the whole pipe.|
|Leaky or loose connections.||Check along the whole length of the water supply pipe for leaks and blockages. Repair any leaks or replace the water supply pipe if needed. Check all the connection points along the pipe, and if they’ve worked loose, tighten them.|
|Water Filter needs checking.||If your water filter hasn’t been changed in 6 months or longer, replace it with a new one. If water is leaking from the housing of the water filter, call a technician as this will require a skilled repair and replacement parts.|
|Water Dispenser needs checking.||Check that there are no burn/scorch marks on the dispenser control board. Also check for signs of a short such as a popped capacitor. If these issues are found, the board needs to be replaced. Check the dispenser switch for continuity with a multi meter, if it doesn’t have continuity it needs replacing. Check your fridge door switch with a multi meter for continuity – if it is not giving continuity it will stop the dispenser from working. A faulty door switch will need to be replaced to allow the dispenser to function.|
What if it’s the Fill Tube that’s Leaking?
A common cause of the fill tube leaking is the fill tube freezing or being filled or obstructed by ice. See the image below:
If this is your problem, you can use a hair dryer on low heat (move it along the fill tube) to melt the ice and remove the obstruction. Soak up any melted water as you go to prevent it re – freezing and causing more leak problems. Also, make sure that the fridge is disconnected from the power source, water and electricity combined can be very dangerous.
No hair dryer? No problem! You can also use something like a turkey baster to drip warm water along the fill tube and melt the ice. Have a large bowl or basin ready underneath to catch drips.
Another thing to check is the fill valve (pictured above), it could be causing the fill tube to clog with ice. If that’s the issue, remove the ice from the fill tube and replace the faulty valve.
We’re a smart bunch of appliance enthusiasts, so we know that the ice maker relies on water to make ice. Here’s a question you might want answered though –
Will an Ice Maker Burn Up Without Water?
Only if it’s turned on will damage be caused to the fridge and its components. If water is not getting to the fridge/ice maker for whatever reason, turn off the ice maker. That will stop it running and potentially damaging itself, and wasting energy to boot.
What Causes an Ice Maker to Stop Working?
None of us like broken down appliances and expensive repair bills, so here’s a list of the most common ice maker faults to help you understand your appliance better:
- Ice cubes aren’t ejected from the ice maker. Usually this means that the control arm/shut off arm for the ice maker is out of place. This can happen if you accidentally nudge or move it. Take a look at it carefully, and if it’s out of alignment simply move it gently back into its proper position.
- The water supply is obstructed. In other words, no water is getting to the ice maker. Replace your water filter about every 6 months or AT LEAST once annually – if the water filter is clogged it’ll block your water supply.
- Check for electrical issues with the solenoid, an electrical fault might mean that the solenoid is prevented from opening the water valve. If it’s a solenoid problem and you’re handy, undertake a D.I.Y repair. Alternatively, contact a skilled and licensed H.V.A.C technician to do it for you.
- Make sure that the water supply line for the fridge/ice maker is actually getting water. It sounds obvious, but many problems have obvious solutions! Turn the water supply tap on, and check the pipe for obstructions, tears or holes that may be leaking water. Also check any connections or valves along or connected to the pipe, either seal off damaged areas or replace the pipe. Tighten any connections or valves that seem loose or ill fitting.
- The ice mold doesn’t eject the ice. This could be a fault with the electrical motor or wiring for the ice maker. Check that the gearbox isn’t frozen over – this will cause the motor to stop working.
- Accidental moving of your appliance. Sometimes appliances get bumped or bashed, particularly during transit or when you’re moving house. Check that the electrical connections for the ice maker and its motor are still connected and aligned properly. If you have no electrical knowledge or skill, contact a skilled professional to assist you with an electrical fault of this kind.
Ice makers are fantastic appliances, but can be a real source of frustration when they’re doing their best waterfall impression.
I hope this short guide has helped you find and fix the solution to your leak.
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