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Why Is My Ice-maker So Slow? 

 June 18, 2020

By  Vic Appliance

You have to agree with me that it’s kind of frustrating when you have to hold your cup at your ice dispenser for so long just to get a couple of ice cubes. If you are in this situation and you don’t know it, be informed that waiting for 10 minutes to get some ice cubes is a pretty long time.

This article seeks to give you some inside information as to why your ice-maker is so painfully slow. You are going to know how an ice-maker produces ice, the culprits behind your slow ice-maker, and what to do to solve this problem should you find yourself in this situation someday. Once you are done, you’ll have a clear road map of just how you can get your peace of mind and restore happiness back to your kitchen.

After all, we are living in a fast-food world. It’s your right to get your ice cubes as quickly as possible.

How your Ice-maker works.

In layman’s language, this is simply a device that turns water into ice blocks in the shape of cubes.

I’ll get right into details without sounding so ‘techniciany.’

Please note that we are talking about an ice dispenser that comes with your home refrigerator. If just in case yours is an appliance built for the large scale production of ice blocks, then this article might not be very helpful to you.

  1. Irrespective of the brand you might be having at home, there’s usually a supply line at the back of your refrigerator that supplies water to the ice-maker. Water is allowed to flow into the ice-maker by an automatic switch that works to close or open the valve responsible for this.
  2. Once the switch is triggered, it opens the valve allowing water to flow into the ice-maker and therefore filling the ice-cube tray. Once water fills the ice-cube tray, it is frozen as a result of the freezer’s low temperatures.
  3. Since your refrigerator has no way of knowing for sure when you might be in need of some ice cubes, its manufacturer equipped it with a thermostat. This device is usually attached to the ice-cube tray and connected to a heater found at the bottom of the tray. Once the ice cubes’ temperatures have fallen below a certain point, the thermostat activates the heater which then heats the tray making the ice cubes free to fall into your cup.
  4. Once you placed your cup at the ice dispenser, the ice cubes are then released and pushed up then out of the ice tray and into your cup with the help of a spinning wheel-like mechanism.
  5. This automatic and never-ending cycle ensures that the ice bin is always full. If you are a serious ice-taker then you’ll be happy to know that ice cubes will always be available to you come rain come sunshine.

What makes the ice-maker slow?

It’s important for us to point out what exactly could be the cause of this tragedy if we are to come up with long-lasting solutions.

1. Clogged water filter.

This filter prevents food particles and dirt from entering and damaging your refrigerator’s system. These trapped particles then hinder the flow of water if the filter is not removed and cleaned regularly. Once this happens, it means there will be a decrease in the amount of water flowing through to the ice-maker. This, in turn, leads to the production of a few ice cubes.

Here’s what to do:-

  • Open the ice-maker and remove the filter. Hold it over your kitchen sink and run some hot water all over it. This will help in breaking down any tough dirt that might have gotten stuck. You can even opt to use a bottle brush for scrubbing.
  • You then put it back into your refrigerator and allow it to run several cycles without any load.
  • At times it might be necessary for you to call one of our technicians over to replace it for you. We’ll do a full diagnosis just to make sure that your refrigerator is running as it should.

2. Freezer’s temperature is not low enough.

You must know that for your ice-maker to effectively produce ice, you’ll need temperatures in the freezer to range in between 0 to 5 degrees Fareignheight. Sometimes, these conditions might be disrupted by a faulty circuit responsible for setting and maintaining this temperature.

Here’s what to do:-

  • As tempting and natural as it might feel, please stop opening the freezer every 5 minutes checking if ice cubes have been formed. This habit greatly affects the freezer’s internal temperatures.
  • To further improve ice production, set your freezer to about -2 degrees Fareignheight.

3. Understocked freezer.

Your freezer needs your support if it is going to function as it should. Stocking very little to no food will interfere with your freezer’s functioning. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should pile up three months worth of shopping as this might again lead to overstocking.

Understocking leads to the creation of huge warm air pockets which interfere with the freezer’s internal temperatures.

Here’s what to do:-

  • If you have done your stocking and it’s still not filling up at least half of the freezer’s space then you can opt to load in bottles of water. After all, you never can have enough of clean chilly water laying around.

4. Blockage in the supply water line.

Dirt or even food particles might end up blocking the supply line that is responsible for supplying the ice-maker with water. This then causes very little water of low pressure to make it to the ice-maker, as a result very few and small ice cubes are produced.

Here’s what to do:-

  • Disconnect your freezer from the water supply line on the wall.
  • Keenly check the line to ensure that it hasn’t gotten blocked or bent.
  • It’s also important for you to have a look at the supply line’s valve. Make sure it is open to allow for water to flow into the freezer at high pressure.

If your ice-maker is still slow despite doing all this, then it might be time to give us a call here at Victoria Appliance Repair Services. We’ll have our technician there as quickly as possible to ensure that you continue having your chilly drinks in peace.

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  1. You may also have a problem with the temperature in your freezer. If you have dogs in the house, then fur can accumulate in the condenser over time and block it up with dust and fur. Be sure to clean the condenser on the refrigerator twice a year for peak performance.

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