When you hear your Frigidaire refrigerator making a clicking noise, the first two thoughts in your head are probably, “Man, that is so annoying!” and “This will be expensive to fix.” However, chances are the clicking noise is something you can troubleshoot and fix without the need for a repair service.
To fix the Frigidaire refrigerator ice maker clicking noise on a newly installed unit, you might need to connect the water line. If it’s an older model, it could have a frozen water inlet. Fortunately, you may be able to resolve the clicking before you call for service.
The clicking sound of your refrigerator’s ice maker can quickly become annoying. This article will help you troubleshoot the exact problem with your ice maker so you can attempt some inexpensive fixes. Hopefully, one will work to get your ice maker working well without noise.
1. Connect the Water Valve
When your Frigidaire refrigerator was originally installed, there’s a small chance the technician forgot to connect the refrigerator to the water supply. This can cause a clicking noise.
When there is no water available for the ice maker, this will cause the ice maker to click repeatedly. The water line should connect to the appliance and must be in the ON position.
Here’s how to check if the water valve is connected properly:
- Pull out the refrigerator to check if the water supply has been turned on.
- Check the water supply connection recessed into the wall behind the refrigerator.
- Assess the valve to ensure it is turned to the ON position.
- Flowing water should come through the water line when the valve is perpendicular to the wall.
Here is a YouTube video to help you locate and turn on the water valve:
2. Thaw the Ice in the Water Inlet
The water inlet is a device that feeds water into the ice maker to make ice. Sometimes the water inlet freezes, and the ice maker clicks as it tries to churn out ice—which it can’t do if the water is frozen.
You will find the water inlet tube at the rear of the ice maker. Try this process to thaw the water inlet:
- You will need a hairdryer and an old towel. Once you locate the water inlet tube at the back of the ice maker, place the towel beneath the water inlet tube.
- Turn the hairdryer to low and direct it towards the tube from a few inches away.
- Stop blowing warm air once all the water drips out of the inlet tube.
If you find that the water inlet tube is regularly freezing, this might indicate a more serious problem with the refrigerator. The system could be too cold, which leads to over-freezing. To fix this issue, contact Frigidaire support and make an appointment with a technician.
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3. Clean the Frigidaire Ice Maker
Many water supplies have magnesium and calcium dissolved into minuscule particles. This can create hard water, which might cause a layer of limescale inside your ice maker. If left for too long, this can stop your ice machine making ice altogether.
As the water passes over the ice maker components over and over, the minerals form a layer that needs to be regularly cleaned to ensure smooth flowing can continuously flow.
The refrigerator coil may also develop a layer of minerals that stops it from freezing the ice. At this point, you’ll likely notice a clicking sound as the ice maker tries to make ice.
Follow the steps below to clean your ice maker:
- Remove the bin that holds the ice.
- Dispose of the ice in the sink.
- Wash the ice bin with mild soap and warm water.
- Lay the bin on a towel or rack to dry.
- Fill a medium bowl with one cup of distilled white vinegar and one cup of warm water.
- Use a clean rag to wipe this mixture around the ice maker exterior.
- Use a clean toothbrush to gently wash the mechanisms.
- Wipe the entire ice maker clean with paper towels.
It’s also a good idea to change the
- Once you locate the
water filter, twist the filter to loosen it.
- Pull the filter out of the holder and throw it away.
- Insert a new
water filterinto the holder and make sure it fits securely.
4. Adjust the Water Level
When ice cubes are ready to fall, small plastic fingers in the Frigidaire ice maker push them out. If the ice cubes are too solid, the plastic fingers will click over and over, trying to move them from the ice maker to the tray below.
You can often fix this issue by adjusting the water that flows into the ice maker. Here’s how to change the ice cube water level:
- Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the ice maker’s front cover.
- Find the set screw on the upper right hand corner of the ice maker.
- Turn the screw clockwise. This will cut down on the water supply to the ice maker.
- Make a minor adjustment to the water level.
- Replace the ice maker cover.
- Allow the ice maker to create a whole bin of ice to see if the problem is solved.
- If the ice maker still clicks, perform the same steps to reduce the water flow again.
This YouTube video explains how to adjust the water level to the Frigidaire ice maker so the clicking should stop:
5. Remove Stuck Ice Cubes
When you hear the ice maker in your Frigidaire refrigerator clicking, open the freezer. If you see an ice cube or two stuck to the fins, remove them. An ice cube frozen to the fins can cause them to go up and down, creating a clicking sound. Once you remove the ice cube(s), the ice maker should start working correctly.
6. The Ice Maker Could Be Defective
Unfortunately, if your Frigidaire refrigerator is brand new and the ice maker is clicking, it might be a defective product. If your refrigerator is still under warranty, you should replace it. Otherwise, you have the option to replace the ice maker with a new one.
An ice maker is an incredible convenience to add to your drinks. Once you get used to grabbing ready-made ice from the freezer, it can be frustrating when the ice maker is not making ice or is making ice but also clicks. Try these fixes to keep the ice maker functioning and solve the clicking issue.