How do you troubleshoot a portable ice maker?


Quick Answer

To troubleshoot a portable ice maker, ensure the power is connected and check the water supply and the ice level. Additionally, remove scale and verify that coolant is not leaking.

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  1. Check the power connection

    If the device isn't working or making any noise, it may be unplugged. Check the electrical plug to ensure it's connected. If it is, check the outlet and circuit breaker to ensure power is available.

  2. Check the water supply

    Most of these devices have an automatic shut off that turns the unit off if the tank is low. Add water until it reaches the fill line and press the power button to start making ice again.

  3. Check the ice level

    Another sensor detects if the storage tray is full and stops the machine from freezing more ice. Empty the tray and start the unit.

  4. Clean the unit

    Over time, portable ice maker units build up scale from the evaporation of water. The scale may block the inlet into the pump, preventing the tray from filling. Follow the manufacturer's directions for routine cleaning.

  5. Check for coolant leaks

    If the unit is operating but not freezing ice, there might be a coolant leak. Look for oil collecting around the unit, which often indicates a coolant leak. If there is a coolant leak, have the unit serviced professionally.

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