Owning an ice maker can save you money and provide convenience, but cleaning it out on a regular basis can be time-consuming. If your ice maker becomes clogged or stops working correctly, the first step to troubleshooting is to remove the cover and assess the interior components of the machine.
The following nine steps will help you remove the cover and clean or repair your ice maker as needed to get it back in working order as quickly as possible.
Step 1: Turn off Power
You don’t want to shock yourself while attempting DIY repair, so before you start your work, turn off power and water supply to your refrigerator. This may involve shutting off a breaker or flipping a circuit switch at your electrical panel.
Many newer ice makers connect directly to hot and cold water lines, so turning off these valves under sink will also cut power. If you don’t see any obvious shutoff valves near where your refrigerator sits, consult its installation manual for help.
If you can’t find it—or if it doesn’t have one—have no fear; look for access panels on either side of ice maker; there should be screw-on caps over screws that turn off those lines.
Step 2: Read All Warnings
Before removing an ice maker cover, it’s a good idea to read any and all warnings on or near it. Most will say not to remove these covers, as they are usually meant to be permanent. If you feel like you still have adequate knowledge of your appliance’s inner workings, then continue on.
If not, be sure you have another option before proceeding with installation. Removing these covers can be extremely dangerous and should only be attempted by trained professionals.
Step 3: Start Unscrewing
There are two places that you’ll need to unscrew screws. One is on top of your freezer (to access where your ice maker connects). The other is underneath your fridge, near where your refrigerator’s water lines connect.
There should be one screw under there and it’ll take a little longer to remove than the screw on top. Once you’ve removed both, set them aside so they don’t get lost when you lift up the cover.
Step 4: Disconnect The Wires
Now that your old ice maker cover is off, you need to disconnect all of its wires. Unscrew them from your current fridge (after shutting off power), and then screw them into your new ice maker cover (you’ll have to use some wire nuts).
Once everything is attached, you can put on your new cover and enjoy delicious ice! If for any reason you find yourself without power after installing a new electrical component, turn it back on immediately. You don’t want to risk electrocution or fire damage by leaving anything exposed for too long.
Always check for leaks first as well; if there are none, then plug everything back in before turning it on. The last thing you want is a house full of smoke or water damage!
Step 5: Pull It Out
Once you’ve located your ice maker, follow a similar process to remove its protective cover. Be sure to pull it out of its clips slowly so you don’t force any electrical components out of place. Instead, try pulling it straight up and letting it slide off as much as possible. (Remember, unplug your ice maker before doing any work on it.)
Step 6: Clean Up The Area
Once you’ve removed everything from inside, it’s time to do a final cleanup. Some appliances have built-in drip trays or drip pans (or both) for catching drips and spills. These should be cleaned out with warm soapy water before you begin your installation project.
Use a plastic scraper or putty knife and use your hands if necessary to remove any dried up food or grime that may have gotten on the interior surfaces of your appliance. Even if it appears clean, double check that there is no grime hiding somewhere.
If you can reach it, wipe down surfaces with a little glass cleaner; they work well on stovetops and oven interiors, as well as hard-to-reach parts of fridges and freezers.
Step 7: Set It Back In Place
Once you’ve verified everything is working as it should, grab your screws and firmly but gently tap them back into place. Don’t worry if they don’t sit completely flush—you won’t be able to see them once you put your fridge cover back on.
Then, reattach any door handles or plastic panels that were removed during disassembly. As you reassemble it, double-check every connection, test each hinge and drawer, then carefully lay your refrigerator cover back down on top of your appliance.
Step 8 – Replacing it Back On
You’re almost done! Turn your ice maker cover over so that it’s right-side up and replace it back onto your fridge. When you start to push it into place, you may want to push a little bit further than feels comfortable.
At first, your cover will feel as if it is going to fall off of your machine. However, with one last push and some help from gravity, you should hear a snap and see a small gap between your fridge door and its frame.
This is what we call snugging—you don’t want anything pressing against or on top of your cover because that can cause damage over time.
Step 9 – Tighten The Screws
A pro tip, when you’re ready to tighten up all of your screws, it may help if you have a magnetic screwdriver. Screws are typically made out of metal and can become magnetized over time. If you don’t have one, not to worry—this is purely optional.
But if you do have one and accidentally add a little too much force when tightening a screw into place, a magnetic screwdriver will be able to pull that pesky screw out of your wall for you. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…
An ice maker cover is a flat plastic surface that covers a refrigerator’s ice maker. The cover protects and seals off the ice-making mechanism, keeping contaminants out and frozen water sealed within.
However, there may come a time when you need to remove your ice maker cover, whether it’s because you want access to fix or replace components of your machine or simply because you want to customize your refrigerator.