Refrigerator ice maker not making ice or overflowing? This video provides information on how a refrigerator icemaker works and offers troubleshooting tips to assist you in diagnosing and repair.

Here is a list of the most commonly replaced parts associated with each icemaker symptom:

Ice maker not working: water inlet valve, ice maker assembly, water filter, door switch, control board
Ice maker overflowing: water inlet valve, ice maker assembly

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42 thoughts on “How Does A Refrigerator Ice Maker Work? — Appliance Repair

  1. Scott Rittiger says:

    Replaced the ice maker, water valve and filter. Water pressure is good and water can be dispensed at the door. Supply lines have been checked and not frozen. Temperature is correct in the freezer. The new ice maker will cycle with a jumper between the L&H ports but no water is called for at the end of the cycle(it’s a new ice maker). What else can be checked? It seems the ice water solenoid is not receiving power…….Maytag MSD2655HEB

  2. Rebecca Cole says:

    We turned off our icemaker momentarily because I pulled the tray out to dump the ice in a cooler. Apparently long enough to freeze the front part of the feed tube. I used a hairdryer to thaw it out but now my fridge and freezer seem to be running warm and I hope that was just from my in and out of it and simple heat from the blow dryer. What should be 0 and 37F is supposedly right now at 10 and 39F. I'm kind of hoping that the temperature gauge is just a little faulty. The ice still froze and dropped some after I thawed it.

  3. The Buckley Home says:

    My Whirlpool Frenchdoor Icemaker still makes ice, but the arm keeps getting stuck in the up position and will not come down after pushing out ice. Can I get a part replaced, and not the whole ice maker? It's so expensive! WRX735SDBM04

  4. Bloop says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who is here out of curiosity. I just wanna know why they’re called cubes when they’re crescents and there must be a reason for that shape and yeah here I am.

  5. Frank Davidson says:

    im trying to figure out how t loosen 2 screws that dont need to be tight in the first place???? the ice maker tray just hang s on them next time need a fridge ill remember that.

  6. Frank Hinde says:

    HOW does the ice maker know the ice is frozen.. You said it detects it.. But unless we knw how it detects it we can't tell how to troubleshoot. Mine is full of ice but takes HOURS to discharge it into the bucket so I assume something is wrong with its detection.

  7. Klaty says:

    wow, so that's how americans do it! seems kinda convenient for once. we have to buy a silicone tray or ice making bags to fill water with then put in the freezer…

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