Sub-Zero ice makers are some of the most high-end and high-tech machines on the market today, so it’s no surprise that there can be a bit of confusion about how to turn one on properly.
In fact, there are nine different steps you need to take in order to ensure you get your ice maker up and running as quickly and as efficiently as possible, and we’ll cover each one of these below!
Step 1: Get rid of the ice
If your ice maker is already full of cubes, you’ll need to get rid of them before you begin. Simply turn on your faucet and let it run for about two minutes. Once you’ve done that, close off your water supply, wait a few minutes and then take out all of the old ice by hand.
Make sure not to push it into another compartment, since pushing will only compact it more. If you want even easier access (or are worried about spills), place a shallow bowl or bucket below your icemaker. All you have to do after turning on your faucet is lower a bin below your ice maker and watch as every last piece falls right into it!
Step 2: Plug it back in again
Unplug your unit for at least 15 minutes, then plug it back in. If your ice maker is not connected to a water line, open up a faucet and leave it running for about 10 minutes before you turn it on again. Wait until you see all of your plumbing completely full before turning on your ice maker.
This will ensure that all of the lines are full when you start making ice again. If you don’t have any water pressure coming out of your spigot, try turning off all other water sources (e.g., if you have an extra sink or something) and only leave one faucet running—this will give you better control over how much water comes out with each drip.
Step 3: Wait 15 minutes
Once you’ve added your first batch of ice, turn off your machine and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. After that time has passed, add one more batch of ice cubes, let them chill for 15 minutes and restart your maker. You should notice a marked improvement in overall quality.
At least you should once you’ve made a total of three batches. If that doesn’t work, it may be time to call a repairman or replace your maker completely.
Step 4: Fill up your bin with water
After your water is installed, fill up your bin. If you bought an under-counter fridge/freezer that doesn’t come with a storage bin, then fill a bucket with water and place it beneath your ice maker. Alternatively, if you own a full-sized refrigerator, empty out one of its freezer compartments for now.
Once it’s full, take some time for drinks! You deserve it. You’ve earned them by reading all these steps so far. Cheers!
Step 5. Press both buttons on your remote at the same time
Press and hold one of your refrigerator’s ice maker control buttons for about three seconds, then press and hold a second button for three seconds. The light on each of your buttons should turn on. If you have a newer refrigerator model with two rows of lights, both rows should be illuminated.
Wait about 30 seconds for your machine to respond; it may take a moment before you can hear or see any changes.
Once you hear noises from inside your refrigerator—the whirring of motors turning on and off, perhaps—or see signs that water is flowing through your lines, congratulations! You now know how to turn on your Sub-Zero ice maker.
Step 6. Open Freezer Door
Now, grab your freezer door and open it. Inside you’ll see a wide variety of ice trays with different colored tops (or no tops at all). These colors correspond with various types of water. The colors are blue, green, red, orange and clear; each color represents different mineral impurities.
In order for your machine to create crystal-clear ice cubes that taste good when added to drinks, be sure that you only fill your trays with water from your sink—not tap water! You don’t want any off-tastes or strange coloring mixing into your perfectly clear ice.
Step 7. Count Down from 10 and Press Start Again
Once your ice maker is turned on, you should see a full bin of ice within 24 hours. If it doesn’t work properly, call 1-888-532-2225. It’s important that you stay close by while your machine is running to make sure that it fills up with water and produces ice.
This will help ensure there are no problems with your new refrigerator and freezers after you turn on your appliance for the first time.
Step 8. Change your filter right away!
If you’re lucky enough to own a refrigerator that has its own built-in water dispenser and ice maker, then you know how great it is. If your refrigerator is one of those types, then you also know how much of a pain it can be when it breaks down.
The good news is that getting these problems fixed isn’t too difficult—the most difficult part will probably be locating an experienced, honest plumber near you. That said, here are some simple steps for making sure your broken ice maker doesn’t stay broken
At last, you’ve reached the final step of your ice maker repair adventure. If you followed our instructions correctly and replaced all necessary parts, your new ice machine should be making a fresh batch of icy goodness right now.
Before long, you’ll be swimming in ice! Take a minute to admire your handiwork before enjoying some cold drinks or maybe even freezing some food for later. Make sure not to overload your machine – keep it clean and clear of any leftover debris that might cause problems later.
Also remember: while water may be one of life’s greatest pleasures, never put hot water into an ice maker or freezer. You run a serious risk of melting your machine – definitely not something you want to deal with during a hot summer day!