If you want to ensure that your ice maker works properly, you’ll need to perform regular testing on it. While checking and replacing parts if necessary, you’ll be able to make sure that your ice maker will be working at peak efficiency as soon as the seasons start turning warm and you have people over for summer barbecues or football tailgates.
Here’s how to test your ice maker motor in 9 easy steps, so that you can be ready for any season!
Step 1: Shut off the electricity
Turn off power to your ice maker at your home’s main electrical panel. Alternatively, you can remove a fuse from your home’s fuse box. The home’s circuit breaker also should be shut off for safety reasons.
Once you have removed or turned off power to your ice maker, wait two minutes for any residual electricity in its motor to dissipate and for any remaining water in its internal plumbing system to drain out of its tub and into your kitchen sink or drainboard. Take care not to touch any exposed wires or parts during that waiting period.
Step 2: Turn on the water supply
Letting water flow through your refrigerator for a few minutes will loosen any built-up sediment or blockages. Turn on both hot and cold water faucets for at least 5 minutes. When you’re done, turn off both faucets, unplug your refrigerator and flip it over to get access to the back of your unit.
Plug in a tub or basin nearby; then, lift out your ice maker tray and place it in your tub of water to drain out any built-up minerals or other debris that might prevent your motor from working properly.
You can also use an easy plumbing tool called a sock to catch any debris coming from your pipe as you flush out these potentially problematic minerals.
Step 3: Prepare a bucket of water with ice cubes
Pour a gallon of cold water into a bucket. Add eight to ten ice cubes. Cover and wait until they melt completely, which should take at least 30 minutes.
The temperature will vary depending on where you live, but any climate that is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit is good for testing your refrigerator’s cooling system (any colder and you’ll be waiting days). If your refrigerator is properly functioning, it should be able to melt the ice within 30 minutes or less.
Step 4: Remove the ice maker from its place
The ice maker is usually screwed onto a wall or built-in, so removing it from its place should be relatively easy.
Keep in mind that if your ice maker has a water inlet valve, you’ll want to detach that as well and route it to an easily accessible spot (like a cabinet above) so that it doesn’t get in your way while testing.
It’s also important to make sure your electrical supply is turned off! This way, you won’t receive any nasty shocks while troubleshooting.
Step 5: Check the wiring connections at both ends
Make sure that all of your electrical connections are intact. Usually, you can do this by simply pulling back on each wire.
If it comes off at either end, either re-attach it or replace it. (If you’re having trouble identifying which wires are supposed to be attached to what, refer back to step 3.) Also make sure there aren’t any loose screws or bolts holding any parts together.
Step 6: Check whether it is moving or not with your hands
Sometimes, it gets stuck somewhere and not moving. So make sure that you check with your hands. Just hold on to it and see if it is moving or not. If you feel that it is, then probably there are some minor problems that are going on with its components.
But, if you feel that there is no movement in it at all, then you need to buy a new motor and replace it once you receive your package. After replacing your old motor with a new one, put back all those things where they belong properly.
And after doing so, reconnect your refrigerator back again to power supply and check whether it is working or not by putting some ice cubes into a glass of water for 15 minutes or more time period.
Step 7: Perform other tests if needed
If your test in Step 6 showed a broken heater, you’ll want to move on to testing the thermostat. If no heat is emitted after several minutes of waiting, it’s time to look at other components. The timer and ice maker are also common culprits for ice makers that won’t star tup.
Regardless of which test you perform next, be sure to turn off power completely before doing so—you don’t want to electrocute yourself!
Step 8: Clean it up as needed
Here, it’s a good idea to use an antifreeze/water mixture or ammonia to clean off any areas that have leaked. You may also want to check your fridge’s back and side panels for leaky hoses—you’ll find them most often behind the kick plates and next to (not inside) your fridge.
Finally, check all of your electrical connectors and make sure there aren’t any loose screws or wires. If you’re not familiar with working on appliances, consider having a professional take care of it—the last thing you want is a new fridge leaking all over your kitchen!
Once you’ve fixed anything major, it might be time for some more extensive testing…If everything checks out, congratulations!
Step 9: Put back everything in its place
If you think your ice maker isn’t working, here are nine steps to check. Before performing a full motor test, verify that you have power going to your appliance. Look for a reset button on your breaker panel and push it in.
Then turn on an appliance (light or fan) that is plugged into an outlet in close proximity to your refrigerator. If these two steps fail, check your home’s fuse box for blown fuses and/or trip switches. If all else fails, call an electrician for help if you’re still unsure what’s wrong with your ice maker.
You can buy an ice maker motor tester online and test your own with a little bit of know-how. There are two types of tests you can run: resistance and continuity.
The best way to go about testing is to do a resistance test first, which will help determine if it’s dead or needs fixing. If it passes that, then try a continuity test to be 100% sure.