Troubleshooting an Ice Maker That Leaks

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What You'll Need
What You'll Need

When troubleshooting ice maker there are a lot of different things to be aware of. Ice makers are very useful when working correctly, however, if there are any problems, it's important to fix these as quickly as possible. One common problem with ice makers is that they can leak. A leaking ice maker can be a result of a number of different reasons.

You will need to put your detective's cap on in order to inspect and diagnose what is actually causing the problem with your ice maker.

Checking Your Refrigerator

For the ice maker to work properly it needs to be perfectly level. If it isn't level, this can cause leakage.

Before leveling the freezer you should unplug it so that you can work on it safely. Check that the freezer is perfectly level by placing a spirit level on top of the freezer from side to side. The leveling feet can then be adjusted by twisting them to raise and lower them. Continue this until the freezer is aligned properly from left to right.

Then repeat the process by putting your spirit level from front to back but this time giving a slight leaning angle towards the back to give the door a natural closing movement.

Ice Maker Level

The ice maker unit itself can also be leveled. This is inside the unit and can be repositioned if needed. Loosen the mounting screws and align the ice maker unit so that it is perfectly level. After leveling, ensure that the mounting screws are tightened to prevent the ice maker from moving.

Water Supply Line

The water supply line could also be damaged or broken. This is the tube that is behind your freezer. It's a fairly strong tube and is susceptible to damage. Check that the pipe isn't pinched, kinked, or somewhat perforated.

Fill Cup

When water enters your freezer it will be put into the fill cup. This is a funnel that directs the water into the ice cube molds. If this isn't aligned correctly, it can cause problems with leaks.

If you see any ice forming on the fill cup, this could be because the valve is not working properly.

Inlet Switch

Remove the inlet switch and inspect it for signs of corrosion or damage. If any of the terminals have corroded, you will need to replace them. Using a multimeter, you can check that the switch is working properly. Press the switch and measure for conductivity to make sure it makes contact.

Inlet Valve

If you are testing the inlet valve, you must first disconnect the power so it's safe to work on your freezer. The inlet valve is located at the bottom of the freezer. Turn the water off at the source and then disconnect the supply line. Use a bucket to catch all of the water from inside the inlet valve.

Label the location of all the wires and disconnect them. You will also need to remove the inlet supply tubes. Using a multimeter, check the resistance of the coil. Also inspect the mechanical functioning of the inlet valve, as it can fail mechanically as well as electronically.

After following this troubleshooting guide for your ice maker will get you back in business. Now you can enjoy a cold beverage for your hard work!