The ice maker in your Whirlpool refrigerator isn’t working, and you need to replace it with a new one before the Super Bowl party on Sunday.
You could call a repairman to come over and install the new one, but that’s going to cost you time and money, not to mention frustration if the technician has to reschedule several times.
Instead, take matters into your own hands by following these 10 easy steps to remove an ice maker from a Whirlpool refrigerator. You’ll be enjoying football and refreshing beverages in no time!
1) Tools required
A screwdriver, pliers, wire cutters and needle nose pliers are all required. A set of Allen wrenches is very helpful as well. These tools will make your job much easier than if you try to remove ice maker with limited tools at hand.
Place all your tools in front of you before attempting to remove ice maker so you don’t have to fumble for them once you start working on your refrigerator.
Make sure all these tools are easily accessible so that you do not need to search for any of them when required at a moment’s notice.
2) Unplug the refrigerator
Even if your refrigerator is turned off, there may still be power going to it. To be safe, make sure you unplug it before removing anything that’s mechanical or electrical. Also, if you don’t unplug it first, you run a risk of shorting out your fridge when taking apart parts of it.
This could cause damage or malfunction in other parts of your appliance and possibly lead to bigger problems down the road. As such, try and make sure that any appliances you’re working on are unplugged before beginning any repairs or projects.
3) Open front access panel
First, take off all of your doors and drawers in order to reach your refrigerator’s components. Unscrew any front access panels and set them aside.
Make sure you have plenty of room for moving around in order to avoid damaging other appliances and countertops; it will also make it easier for you to move things later if need be. A step ladder or stool may be helpful for people who don’t stand very tall.
4) Disconnect water line from ice maker and drain into bucket
It’s important to disconnect water line from ice maker and drain into bucket, otherwise you will get water everywhere when you remove ice maker. This step is easy. You just need screwdriver and 5-10 minutes.
Before disassembly make sure that water line is off, otherwise you may accidentally break it. The second step is unscrewing connectors from back of fridge: Most people do not know how to remove ice maker but do not worry because it can be done by hand with only some simple steps in about 15 minutes total.
The first step here is remove back panels of your fridge so that you can access wiring harness. Follow next 10 steps and soon your refrigerator will be without noisy old ice maker and get new one, maybe even better!
5) Disconnect wire harness
A wire harness allows you to easily remove and reattach your ice maker. Most models have built-in clips that hold them in place; some ice makers have wires that must be manually unplugged. Consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to disconnect each type of connector.
Before removing your wires, switch off your refrigerator and unplug it. To avoid shock or electrocution, never work with electricity when you are wet or standing in water, and always double-check that all power is off before beginning any electrical project.
6) Disconnect plastic water tube connections
You’ll find these plastic connections at either end of your ice maker. The water line feeds into one connection, and out of another.
These are simple to disconnect using a flathead screwdriver or pliers. The connections are color-coded, so make sure you put them back in place exactly as they were when you disconnected them (you may need to label these before disconnecting).
7) Remove screws holding ice maker in place and remove it
The first step in removing your ice maker is to remove any screws holding it in place and unplug any electrical wires that lead into it. If you can’t reach them, try using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Also, be sure that you don’t damage any of your refrigerator’s wiring as you’re removing parts.
Once all of your electrical connections are broken and your appliance is disconnected, use two wrenches (preferably ones with rubber handles) and remove any bolts holding down the ice maker.
Once these are removed, pull up on each side of your appliance until it comes free (usually). Be careful though—ice makers aren’t heavy at all, but they often feel heavier when you’re trying to lift them out!
8) Attach new ice maker to mounting brackets on freezer door
One of two brackets on either side of your refrigerator door should have been attached to your freezer by plastic screws; you’ll need these again. The second bracket will be detached later in step 5. Now is also a good time to plug in your new ice maker and make sure it works—but don’t install it yet!
Simply take out all three parts (power cord, electrical connectors, water line) and set them aside until they’re needed in steps 6-8. If it doesn’t work, unplug your refrigerator immediately and call for repair or replacement before going any further with installation.
9) Reattach all wires, hoses, and lines
Like most appliances, refrigerators need water to function. To make sure your refrigerator is working properly, fill up ice tray by turning on faucet, filling bucket with water and pouring into tray. If ice maker is installed correctly and there’s water in it, you should hear it start making cubes after 10-20 minutes.
Wait until ice cube has been made through entire cycle (should be 2 rounds), then unplug fridge. Repeat steps 4-5 if desired. Note: If refrigerator doesn’t start producing ice after 15 minutes or so, either faucet or ice maker may not be installed correctly; repeat steps 4-5 again once your have verified that everything is setup properly.
10) Plug in refrigerator, fill tray with water, and turn on ice maker
Before you remove your ice maker, be sure it’s producing ice. If it isn’t, you can use a small refrigerator repair kit ($20) or refrigerant ($30) to fix it. At any rate, go ahead and plug in your fridge so you have power for the rest of these steps.
Fill your freezer tray with water and turn on your ice maker; leave it running for about 10 minutes so there’s plenty of ice in your tray. During that time, prepare all of your tools.
Ice maker assemblies in refrigerators can be removed for a variety of reasons. If you’re installing an aftermarket refrigerator water line, removing your ice maker is necessary in order to avoid cutting or breaking it during installation.
They also need to be removed if you plan on painting your appliance and need access inside of it. Because ice makers can be heavy and difficult to move without support, they should only be moved by professionals that are equipped with special tools and machinery designed for such purposes.
When properly supported, however, these parts can usually be removed by homeowners with no special training or skills whatsoever.
You’ll find that our recommended guide provides simple tips and helpful information designed specifically for individuals without any significant technical experience in such matters at all. Best of luck!