Icemakers commercial or domestic use are essential appliances that are great to have. They offer your customers a great refreshing indulgence of ice cold drinks or offer you a satisfying refreshing when you need a cold drink during summer. If you find yourself in a situation where this appliance has completely stopped to work, or it is not performing as it used to, the inconvenience caused is immense. It is at that time you need to call a professional technician to have a look at it. Unfortunately for most of us who have icemakers scheduled maintenance on rare occasions; we only consult technicians when they are not working anymore. It should be standard practice that you schedule maintenance checks once a year to increase the lifespan.

How does it work?

The machine receives water from the supply line that runs directly from the refrigerator to a water filter. The water supply line injects water to a water fill valve that is controlled by an icemaker thermostat. The fill valve directs water to an ice mold where the water condenses and freezes. When water freezes then the solenoid shuts the water supply. The icemaker then turns on the heat to enable the release of ice cubes from the ice mold. Then a mortar turns on to rotate the ejection arm to release the ice cubes to the collection container. When the collection container is filled up, the bail wire rises up and in the process shutting the icemaker until the level of the ice in the collection container drops. Then the process repeats itself. It is not a complicated process, but in between the process, something can go wrong. To avoid that from happening then you should know how to do maintenance on your own.

How to maintain the icemaker?

Icemakers lifespan will greatly be affected by the water quality; to keep it in good shape and running for a long time, always ensure that the water is filtered. If you do not have a water filtration system, then you should plan to get one, and if you have one, you should replace it every six months. The icemaker is also very temperature sensitive; it is recommendable that you ensure the freezer is always very cold. Cleaning the water reservoir using the manufacturer’s instructions should also help. Have a scheduled maintenance with your technician who will be regularly checking for rust and wear on sensitive parts of the icemaker; these can lead to the appliance breaking down and causing inconveniences.

How to check for problems?

In general, most icemakers have a more than ten years lifespan; however, this can be affected by several factors including the water you use. Common problems that you might come across include; leaking, flooding, ice making failure among others. Repairing an icemaker is not a simple fete, and at times the technician can advise you to replace if the damage is irreparable. However, if the problem is not coming from the fan, water line, or water inlet valve, then the damage is easy to repair. If the ice made is smelly, that should be an indicator that the appliance has a problem that needs to be addressed. However, you should understand how the icemaker works; low water pressure can cause temporary problems which you do not need to call a technician to fix. You should, however, plan icemaker maintenance once every six months with your technician. He should be able to troubleshoot more technical problems that you might not have the qualifications to inspect.


Icemakers are extremely important and essential appliances that add value to our lives. The machine breaking down can cause huge inconvenience to your life. It is important to understand how it works and know how to conduct maintenance services on your own to extend the lifespan and reduce your visits to the repair shop. However, you need to have a professional technician on call in case it breaks down.



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