The Ice Maker In My Whirlpool Fridge Stopped Working. What’s The Cause?
The ice maker in your Whirlpool fridge stops working, it can be both inconvenient and stressful. Fortunately, this kind of problem can usually be fixed fairly quickly. First, we recommend inspecting your appliance for any visible problems as well as making sure that there are no issues with your water or power supply. Remember, our Whirlpool fridge repair experts are available throughout the GTA and we are just a phone call away.
High Freezer Temperature
If the temperature of your freezer is higher than 10 Fahrenheit (-12 Celsius), the ice maker will not prove efficient. You should set the temperature to somewhere between 0 and 5 Fahrenheit or -18 to -15 Celsius. If your freezer is warmer than it should be, you should check the condenser coils and make sure that they are clean. Debris can make it difficult for the freezer to release heat and this causes heat to build up inside instead. The condenser fan should also be checked and, while you’re at it, look for any frost build up on the evaporator coils. If there is frost, the defrost system could be faulty.
Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve is electrically-controlled. If it is faulty or if there is not enough pressure, the water will not flow through and this will mean that your ice maker cannot make ice. There should be at least 20 psi (water pressure) for this valve to function. If this is the case, then the power supply to the valve could be the cause. If this is not the case either, you might need a new water inlet valve.
Ice Maker Assembly
The ice maker assembly is made up of several smaller parts. However, many of these parts are not sold separately which means that you might need to replace the entire ice maker assembly. Before you do, however, make sure that this is indeed the problem.
Ice Maker Module
The motor of your ice maker module is responsible for cycling the ice ejector arms or turning the tray to eject the ice. The thermostat detects the temperature and, when it reaches about 15 degrees Fahrenheit, it triggers the release of the cubes and the refill of the tray. Check if your on/off switch is in the on position or check that the bail arm is in the down position. You should also check for any ice that may have become stuck in the ejector blades. A technician can further diagnose other module problems best.
When you open the fridge, the door switch tells the water dispenser to turn off. If this switch fails, then it will not turn the dispenser back on when the door is closed. Replace this switch and the problem will be resolved.
If the water filter on your fridge is clogged, it can prevent the ice maker from functioning properly. Replace your filter as per the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid this from occurring and to ensure best water quality.
Ice Maker Tray Thermostat
This thermostat monitors the temperature of the ice tray. When it reaches the set temperature, the ice cubes are then ejected. If the thermostat is faulty, your ice maker will no longer produce ice. This is a fault best diagnosed by a professional.
Ice Maker Switch
If your ice maker switch is turned on but your fridge is not making ice, it could be that the switch is faulty. The switch should be tested and, if faulty, replaced.
Ice Not Ejecting
There are several possible causes for ice not ejecting. Firstly, check inside your freezer to make sure that nothing is blocking the control arm of your ice maker. Secondly, it could be due to a faulty motor, gearbox or other electrical connection. You can try manually removing the ice from the tray. Make sure that you unplug your fridge before you do this and monitor the ice maker once you turn it back on. If this does not solve the issue, call a technician for a thorough diagnosis.
Parts like the ice maker in your Whirlpool fridge can be particularly complex and delicate. When you need urgent repairs in the Greater Toronto Area, call Max Appliance Repair at (647) 477-0946.