Ice Maker Troubleshooting
Ice maker repair may be an easier weekend project than you thought. You can do this even if you dont consider yourself a weekend warrior/handyman or woman. If the warranty on your refrigerator has expired and your ice maker quits working, you have the option of calling a repairman or you can try to fix the ice maker yourself. A refrigerator repairman could cost you an arm and a leg. So all in favor of repairing the ice maker yourself raise your hands while you still have them. That was a bad play on words joke about a repairman costing you an arm and a leg. Never mind. Go get your toolbox and lets get started on that ice maker.
Youre going to need a screwdriver, flashlight, bucket, towel, and camera to repair your ice maker motor. Yes a camera. Ill explain later. In the interest of professionalism, (snicker, lol, wheeze, snicker lol, pant, lol) What? The ice maker? Right. The ice maker. As I was saying, in the interest of professionalism you should turn off the power to the refrigerator. Make sure the light is on in the freezer section near the ice maker before you turn the power off. If the light is on it could be a sign that the ice maker is getting power. Ice maker motor repair for the weekend warrior and all around handyman or woman can be done in no time by following these simple instructions.
Check the Water Supply
Its also a good idea to check the water line going into the back of the refrigerator to make sure the ice maker is getting water. Make sure that there are no bends in the plastic water supply line restricting the flow of water to the ice maker. Place the towel on the floor and a bucket or a pot under the inlet for the water supply line and disconnect the supply line. Put the water supply line in the bucket to catch any water flowing out of the line. If water is flowing out of the line, go to the supply valve (usually under the sink) and turn the water supply to the ice maker off.
Take Pictures First
If the ice maker is getting water and power, it may be necessary to replace the ice maker motor. Lets prepare the workspace before you tear into the ice maker. First, remove the ice bin and any food that you need to move to make room to work. Hold on Handy Manny! Dont go tearing the ice maker apart just yet. This is where the camera comes in. Youve got to put this baby back together. It might be a good idea to take a few pictures as you go. I actually used my cellphone camera to take pictures of the ice maker as I disassembled it.
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Step by Step Instructions
By the way, these instructions are for repairing a Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator ice maker motor because thats what broke and thats what I fixed. But heres the deal. Most refrigerator ice maker motors have the same basic design and are interchangeable.
Now lets replace the ice maker motor module.
Step 1. Remove the cover piece and put it aside.
Step 2. Remove the screws in the corners of the motor module.
Step 3. Look around behind the motor module and remove the bolts that attach the ice maker assembly to the refrigerator wall.
Step 4. Look between the ice maker assembly and the refrigerator wall and unplug the power harness thats plugged into the bottom rear corner of the motor module.
Step 5. Slide the plastic gear wheel off of the shaft on the front face of the motor module.
Step 6. Remove the motor module from the shaft.
Install the New Motor Module
Take the ice maker motor module to a local ice maker parts store and tell the associate that you want a replacement part for it. Use the replacement part and follow these instructions in reverse to replace the motor module. You can refer to those pictures you took if necessary. Remember to turn the water and power back on after you reconnect the water supply. I found replacement parts on Amazon.com (see below) for about half what I paid at the parts store. Combining this with doing it yourself could save an arm and a leg. Those will come in handy when youre ready to enjoy an ice-cold glass of sweet tea. Ice maker motor repair for the weekend warrior and all around handyman or woman is quicker and easier than you might think.
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