Everything can go wrong when your ice maker is not maintained properly. Regular maintenance and cleaning will help keep your ice maker in great working condition. Follow the step-by-step guide on how to clean ice maker below to keep ice production and safety rock solid at your ice machine.
Maintenance a refrigerator ice maker can be vary significantly from the maintenance on an undercounter ice machine. So, you will need to identify first what type of machine you own. Different types of ice machines will require different steps in the cleaning process. The manual should tell you whether or not your machine has an automated cleaning system, which can really change up the process.
To clean your ice maker, simply empty the ice bin once every 3-4 months and wipe down the bin with a mild detergent and warm water. Be sure the bin is thoroughly dry before reinstalling. If you notice that your ice smells bad, or if your ice tastes bad, you may need to change your refrigerator’s water filter.
Now that you have identify your ice machine, here’s how you will clean your ice maker.
- Turn off the ice maker and make sure it is unplugged.
- Turn off the water supply to the ice machine.
- Empty the machine and throw out all of the ice and water.
- Remove the parts of the machine to be cleaned as per your owner’s manual instructions.
- Using one part ice machine cleaner to three parts water, clean all machine parts thoroughly.
- Rinse parts with clean water.
- Replace the parts and wipe down all surfaces with a soft rag.
- Let the machine air dry.
- Plug the machine in and restart the ice maker.
- Once the first batch of ice is made, discard it.
- Enjoy your ice for another three to six months!
If your machine has an automatic cleaner, you may just need to turn the cleaner on. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to get your machine producing clean ice again.
Signs You Need to Clean Your Ice Maker
When you had some of the following problems, it may be the time to clean your ice machine:
- Ice machine does not release ice or is slow to harvest
- Ice machine does not cycle into harvest mode
- Ice quality is poor (soft or not clear)
- Ice produces an odor
- Ice machine produces shallow or incomplete cubes
- Low ice capacity
Following the FDA, they describe ice as a food. Ice must be handled and cared in the same manner as other food products. Cleaning your ice maker machine properly will make clean and safe ice that is ready to use. I hope the step by step guide on how to clean ice maker above will help you. Thanks you for reading.