Also, as we suggested in our previous article describing what an ice maker is, regular maintenance is the best way to extend the life of the machine. We will see that one of the recurring failures concerns the non-maintenance of one of the main parts of the ice machines.
Even if this type of machine is mainly used in summer, turning it off during the winter can cause problems when restarting.
In short, we took a look at a hundred forums dedicated to ice machines to list the type of failure that users frequently encounter with their ice machine. We have sorted out the answers obtained to their questions to establish a guide that obviously does not clear you from having to refer, initially, to the manufacturer's instructions, especially its part devoted to warning messages and other breakdowns. frequent.
My ice maker no longer turns on
The after-sales call center employees will be able to confirm this to you, they are almost embarrassed when they ask the question, but check if it is properly connected and see that no represents nearly 20% of incoming calls.
Otherwise, after a more or less long period of shutdown, it is not uncommon to experience this type of problem. The main reason is often the failure of one of the electronic components of your ice maker, a small fuse most of the time. If you are not keen on electricity, we advise you instead to contact the after-sales service for the brand of your machine. For the others, by referring to the manufacturer's manual, you can find the part number, order it and then replace it.
But this type of general failure can also be the result of poor or even lack of maintenance on your machine. Failure to clean the condenser regularly can cause the machine to jam and other inconvenience to the quality and production of ice cubes.
The best solution not to be faced with the unpleasant surprise of not being able to turn on your ice maker is, you will understand to maintain it and especially to clean it completely before turning it off if you wish to. do in winter, for example.
I have a problem with the production and quality of ice cubes
Here too, regular non-maintenance of your ice maker may be the main cause. The scale build-up can clog and limit or block certain parts of the machine which may initially slow down the production of ice cubes, creating ice cubes that will no longer be as perfect as the ones you are used to using, more small, hollow, poorly formed, etc.
In the long run, the tartar can end up blocking everything, even breaking some parts. Admit that it would be a shame to have to do without the services of your ice maker for the simple reason of not having taken 10 minutes of your time from time to time to take care of it.
The low water indicator light stays on continuously
This is one of the most frequently reported failures on the forums. The reason is the malfunction of the sensors for the presence of water in the tank. You should know that some manufacturers are quite Sioux, because the sensors in question are sometimes the screws that fix the said tank. In this case, a simple release of the screws in question enables the sensor function to be reactivated. One Internet user even says that he must regularly renew the operation.
Other machines work like flushes. You have a small float that indicates the presence and level of water. The example of the flush is not trivial, because everyone has been confronted once in their life with a continuous flow of water in their toilets. The result of a malfunction of that of your ice maker will be the same: you will have a flow of water, in the ice cube receptacle and your indicator light will remain on. The solution will be to clean it and check its operation.
After a period of inactivity, the bin full indicator lights up
This type of problem may be due to a problem with the temperature probe. Often, you just have to wait for the machine to cool, drain the water and restart with new water and voila. If the problem persists, depending on the model, of course, it could be a problem with the pump (HS), circuit board or water detection system (mechanical problem ou electronic). The solution, contact after-sales service.
In fact, we could add to that list of type of failures exponentially, but that would give you a pretty wrong picture of this type of hardware. Indeed, ice makers are mostly reliable and breakdowns are rare.
Plus, as we've said many times, good maintenance avoids most of it. Then, as we will see in the following articles, the major brands of ice makers and the after-sales service of appliance distributors are competent enough to help you repair or at least put your appliance back into service without having to return it when these are listed failures and are not dependent on a part or electronic component defect.
So, it's true that it's frustrating, because failures always happen when you need (want) to use the equipment in question. To prevent this from happening to you, there is maintenance, but the choice of model, brand and after-sales support should be taken into account in selecting the model you will buy.