Many Frigidaire refrigerator models come with a built-in ice maker for added convenience. They work continually to produce ice as long as they’re turned on and have a reliable water supply. So, why would a Frigidaire refrigerator ice maker stop working?
Your Frigidaire ice maker won’t work if it’s turned off or the water line is kinked. Besides that, a faulty water valve or clogged
Troubleshooting your Frigidaire ice maker isn’t so challenging when you know how to do it correctly. This guide will help you do that with a step-by-step guide to getting your ice maker working again.
How Do I Troubleshoot The Ice Maker In My Frigidaire Fridge?
Suppose you think that your Frigidaire ice maker isn’t working. In that case, you should first give it a full 24 hours to see if it makes any ice.
If the ice bucket is still empty after that time, follow these troubleshooting steps:
Step 1: Check The Wire Signal Arm
About this part: Look for the wire signal arm on your ice maker start the troubleshooting process. This part allows you to turn the ice maker off without shutting off the entire refrigerator.
It works very straightforwardly: lift the wire signal arm until you hear a click sound to turn the ice maker on and push it down to turn it off.
What to check: The first reason your Frigidaire ice maker isn’t working is that it has been turned off. For example, someone might have turned it off recently and forgotten to turn it back on.
Besides that, given the design of the wire arm, you might have turned it off by accident.
Whatever the case, an ice maker turned off won’t work even if the rest of the refrigerator is functioning normally.
How to fix it: You can fix this problem by turning the ice maker back on. Lift the wire signal arm until you hear a click to turn it on.
After you do that, you’ll have to wait up to 24 hours for the component to fill the bucket with ice.
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Step 2: Inspect The Water Line
About this part: After checking the wire signal arm, focus on the water line. Frigidaire refrigerators are plumbed, meaning they’re connected to your household’s water supply.
Look behind your fridge, and you’ll see a water line connecting directly to it. That water line provides a continuous water supply that ensures your ice maker is always working.
What to check: The water line behind your Frigidaire refrigerator is the ice maker’s lifeline. So, problems like bends or kinks in that line can cause your ice maker to stop working correctly.
Although it might not seem like a big deal initially, a slight bend or kink can prevent water from reaching your ice maker.
Those bends typically happen when the fridge is pushed too close to the wall behind it, squeezing the water line in between.
How to fix it: Firstly, reposition your fridge, so there’s a gap with the wall behind it. Then, inspect and rearrange the water line to restore smooth water flow through the hose.
Step 3: Test The Water Inlet Valve
About this part: The water inlet valve is another vital component affecting the ice maker’s functioning. In Step 2, you saw that the fridge is supplied by a water line behind it.
That water line connects to the fridge at that valve. The valve opens and closes to control the water inflow, ensuring that your ice maker has what it needs without overflowing.
What to check: Once you’ve completed troubleshooting Steps 2 and 3, it’s time to consider that the water inlet valve might be faulty.
A faulty water inlet valve will stay closed, preventing water from reaching your ice maker so it can make ice.
How to fix it: The water inlet valve can fail for two reasons. Firstly, there’s likely a buildup of sediment and dirt around the valve, preventing it from opening. If that’s the case, you can clean the residue and ensure that the valve can open and close normally.
Unfortunately, those valves can also fail due to an electrical fault. When that’s the case, a complete replacement of the water inlet valve is necessary.
Step 4: Change The
About this part: As water flows between the inlet valve and your ice maker, it must first pass through the water filter. That filter removes any impurities and odors from the water to ensure that your ice maker only uses clean water to make ice for you.
What to check: Check that you’ve replaced the
At that point, water can’t pass through the filter and won’t reach your ice maker.
How to fix it: You can fix this problem by replacing the
That way, you can enjoy peace of mind that the filter will be reliable.
Step 5: Test The Door Switch
About this part: The ice maker can also be affected by a part that has nothing to do with the water supply: the door switch.
The doors switch is there to sense whenever you open or close the fridge doors. That way, it’ll signal the fridge to turn off its fans temporarily while you keep the doors open. Simultaneously, that same process will pause the ice maker until you close the door.
What to check: For this final troubleshooting step, check that the door switches on your Frigidaire unit are working correctly. You can do that with a standard multimeter to ensure that the switch has electrical continuity.
Suppose any of the switches aren’t working correctly. In that case, they’ll mistakenly signal to the fridge that its doors are open even when they’re not.
How to fix it: Door switches are another example of components that can’t be repaired. So if they fail, you’ll have to replace them with new ones compatible with your fridge model.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are a few commonly asked questions about troubleshooting Frigidaire ice makers. You might find some of them helpful when checking yours:
How Do You Reset A Faulty Ice Maker?
You can reset a Frigidaire ice maker by turning it off for one minute and then turning it back on. Some models have a dedicated ice maker reset button behind the control panel. Check the user manual to see if your model has that reset button.
Will Unplugging My Fridge Reset The Ice Maker?
Yes, unplugging your Frigidaire refrigerator will reset the entire appliance, including its ice maker. Be sure to leave the fridge unplugged for at least one minute before turning it back on.
Why Is My Ice Maker Not Working, But The Water Does?
When the water dispenser works but the ice maker doesn’t, your Frigidaire fridge has a clog in its internal water line, particularly the one supplying the ice maker. That clog could be from impurities in the water or a frozen section of the water line.
Can You Replace An Ice Maker In A Frigidaire Refrigerator?
Yes, you can purchase a new ice maker from Frigidaire to replace the one you already have. However, that should only be a last resort when your ice maker is broken and cannot be fixed.
How Long Does An Ice Maker Last?
You can expect your Frigidaire ice maker to last at least 5 years or more. But, that lifespan differs between fridge and ice maker models.