Why Did My Portable Ice Maker Stopped Working?
Capable of producing up to 45 pounds in a period o 24 hours, the best portable ice makers have proved to be the most efficient and fastest methods of making large amounts of ice. In fact, you make a full tray of ice cubes with your portable ice maker in less than 10 minutes!
Like any other home appliances, however, these machines often encounter some problems that directly affects their ice production process, and in worst cases, makes them stop functioning.
So, the day you wake up and find out that your machine does not work anymore, you’ve nothing to worry about; it’s a normal encounter.
Below, I’ll take you through some common reasons that stop your machine from functioning well ad how to fix them.
Check all your ice maker connections
Sometimes, the things you least suspect to be the cause of your machine working problems turns out to be the cause.
So, before you take any other step, be sure to check all your unit power cables and ensure the electricity is working well before you start operating on any part of the machine.
While still at it, check all the water connections (just in case your appliance is connected to a water supply line).
Look out for ice blockage or overflow
Another common issue that might halt the working of your ice maker machine is the ice being produce blocking the valves or overflowing the ice bin.
If you find out that the ice bucket is full, try transferring some of the ice cubes and see if that will get your unit back to normal. It’s good to note some units are incorporated with automatic shut-off sensor that halts the ice making process whenever the collection tray becomes full.
If that does not work, you’ll need to inspect your machine’s interior for possible ice blockages. Ice has a tendency of collecting on the edge of the ice tray, which blocks the ice maker from receiving any ice. Get rid of all the blockages present and break up any ice bits that might have clung to the edges.
Check the Water Levels
The water level in your machine’s reservoirs could also be the root of your device’s weird behavior. If your find out that machine does not make any ice or create smaller cubes as you’ve set it, the water levels in the reservoir are to blame.
Unplug your unit and check the reservoir. If the waters levels are low, refill it. Some units come with LED alerts that will let you know when it’s time to refill the machine.
However, if your portable ice maker utilizes a water supply connection, you’ll need to make sure that water if flowing freely into the unit. That means you’ll have to clear away any debris present as well as ensure the water supply is turned on correctly.
Once you’ve rectified the water levels, wait for up to three minutes for your machine to reset and then plug it into the power source to see if it functions well.
Inspect your unit’s water sensor
Why the water sensor? Let me give you a personal story…
Over a year ago, I had bought the Igloo ICE103 Counter Top Ice Maker (I still use it btw). It has been running smoothly for all those months till this day when I tried turning it on to make some ice cubes for an afternoon drink, but it couldn’t respond.
I didn’t really understand what wasn’t right with this ice maker. I’ve used it the previous day to make several small-sized ice cubes and shut it down correctly. After looking for some solution online and from friends, it dawned on me that the water sensor was the problem behind all this!
I couldn’t even believe it…
Located right below the water reservoir or water spout, the sensor’s job is to tell your unit whether there’s enough water or not.
The sensor was a small wire. I removed some debris and other clogs that were clinging to it and set it such that all the water flowing from the spout and into the reservoir came into contact with it, and bam! Ice started trickling into the ice tray in a few minutes!
Give Your Unit A Thorough Cleaning
Finally, consider giving your portable ice machine a thorough cleaning. This not only helps get rid of any calcium deposits that might be affecting the performance your machine, but it also helps get rid of any strange tastes and smells that might be coming from the ice cubes you make with your machine.
To properly clean your ice maker, first, remove all the extra ice from it and power it down. Remove the ice tray and wipe down the unit’s interior using a soft cloth dipped in vinegar. Wipe down the ice bin as well before replacing it back into your unit.
Run several capful cycles using vinegar and lemon juice (optional) to help remove any buildup or calcium deposits inside the unit.
Finally, wipe down your machine exterior with a soft cloth and check if it will function well again.
Has your portable ice maker stopped working? If you haven’t identified the cause of your unit’s problem, use our guide above. I’ve listed the most common issues that might cause all the portable ice makers to stop producing ice and the simple solutions to the problems.
Always check all the connections, reservoir water levels, ensure there are no ice blockages or overflows, and clean your unit regularly to keep it at its peak at all times.
Other than this, your user manual can also act as an excellent source of information on how to troubleshoot your ice maker if it stops working.