Perhaps you are wondering why it would be necessary to clean an ice maker. The old ice cube makers did not get cleaned each time that all the cubes had been removed. The cube-shaped holders were simply filled with more water.
At that time, no one gave much thought to the contents of the clear liquid that came from the kitchen tap. No one guessed that it could contain tiny bits of dirt of minerals, such as lime. Moreover, the old trays could be rinsed, before being re-used.
Today, the channel that carries water into the ice maker does not get the same sort of rinse that could be given to one of the old-type of ice cube trays. For that reason, the particles in the clear liquid can build up on the surface of that same channel. As more water washes over that build up, the material that will be used for making cubes starts to collect some of the buildup. Only a regular cleaning can keep that from happening.
How to prepare for the cleaning process
– Read and study the information in the owner’s manual. Focus on the material that concerns maintenance and operation of the cube-producing machine.
– Purchase some nickel-free ice machine cleaner. You may have to go to a hardware store, one that makes a point of carrying special cleaners.
– Make sure that you have access to at least two soft rags.
Additionally, if you are busy or need to get it done properly, you can call in the appliance repair service in San Diego County.
Steps to follow, as you work to clean your ice maker
– Turn off your machine. Also make sure that it is unplugged.
– Turn off the water supply that gets fed to the machine with the buildup.
– Dispose of the old ice cubes; rinse out the container that has held those same cubes.
– Remove the parts that need to be cleaned. Those parts should have been named in your owner’s manual.
– Mix one part of the cleaner with 3 parts of water.
– Using the diluted cleaner and a rag, wipe down the parts that you have removed from the ice maker.
– Rinse each of the cleaned pieces with water.
– Using a clean and dry rag, wipe the rinsed parts.
– Return each cleaned part to the machine. Allow all of them to dry a bit more, before moving on to the next step.
– Plug in and re-start the ice maker. If the parts are not dry, this step poses a real danger to the person that tries to complete it.
Collect that first bucket of ice and discard it. You want to be sure that no trace of the cleaner remains on any one operating part.