How to care for your ice machine

1. Study owner’s manual
Ice machine owner's manual

Study the owner’s manual for specific maintenance instructions, as this does vary greatly by model.

2. Install a filter
Charcoal filter

A charcoal water filter on the incoming water line improves the taste and odor of the water used to make the ice. Impurities in your well or municipality-provided water supply can negatively affect the taste.

3. Watch the room temperature

Make sure the room temperature remains above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 10 degrees Celsius).

4. Replace water filter
Charcoal filter

Replace the water filter on the water supply line every six months.

5. Replace the air filter
Air filter

Replace at least twice per year, if applicable.

6. Clean water reservoir
Clean ice machine reservoir

Follow carefully manufacturer instructions for cleaning the water reservoir every two to three months. Mineral scale buildup is a health concern.

7. Sanitize the ice cube bin
Sanitize ice cube bin

Sanitize every two to three months by powering off the ice machine, emptying the ice machine and using an ice machine cleaning solution to scrub the bin liner. Rinse and dry thoroughly before restoring power to the machine.

8. Periodically check the bearings and other parts for rusting and wear
Check bearings

Replace parts as needed.

Ice machine frequently asked questions

Why do my ice cubes taste/smell bad?

The water filter on the water supply line may need to be replaced. Consider a charcoal water filter to improve the taste and odor of the ice cubes.

Why are my ice machine’s ice cubes suddenly coming out so small?

The water filter may be dirty and need replacement or the water supply valve may have an obstruction.

How often do I need to replace the water filter?

As a rule of thumb, you should replace the water filter every six months. However, this does vary by manufacturer and by usage. Be sure to review the owner’s manual for instructions specific to your model.

Can I change the shape of my ice cubes?

No, the shape is determined by the manufacturer of the ice machine. Some models offer several size options.

My ice machine stopped making ice. What’s wrong?

Refer to your owner’s manual for troubleshooting information.

How many years should my ice machine last?

With regular maintenance, an ice machine should be expected to last six to 10 years.

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