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Frigidaire Ice Maker Not Working/Making Ice

Whether you want to enjoy a nice refreshing glass of iced tea on a hot summer day, or you want crushed ice in your margarita, you expect to get ice when you go to your freezer. Having ice is one of modern life’s greatest conveniences – and inconveniences when it does not work.

Frigidaire ice makers will not work if the water supply line to the ice maker is clogged or kinked. Straighten the supply line. If the line is frozen, you’ll need to defrost it by leaving the refrigerator unplugged for a few hours or using a hairdryer to quickly warm and melt the frozen water.

Icemaker in a Frigidaire

There could be several reasons why your Frigidaire ice maker is not working properly, or at all. The solutions to each issue are similar. Scroll down to the issue you are having or try all the suggestions as part of your maintenance list.

Frigidaire Ice Maker Not Working

Icemaker in a Frigidaire

There are several working parts to the ice maker. If these parts are not working together in unison, the ice maker will not work. Some troubleshooting suggestions are simple, others will require the services of a qualified Frigidaire technician.

If your Frigidaire ice maker is not working, make sure the temperature inside the freezer is not too warm. Adjust the thermostat accordingly. Also make sure the freezer door is closing completely, preventing warm outside air from coming in.

Sometimes the simplest of solutions is the answer. Other times it takes more digging. Here are some other suggestions to help you figure out why your Frigidaire ice maker is not working.

Door Switch

The door switch prevents the ice and water dispenser from working while the refrigerator door is open. If the switch fails, the dispenser will not turn on. Here is how you can check the switch:

Step 1: Open the refrigerator door.

Step 2: Depress the door switch.

Step 3: While pressing the door switch, simultaneously try to dispense ice. If no ice comes out, you most likely have a faulty door switch.

A door switch seems simple enough to replace but it all depends on the type of refrigerator you have. Some door switches are easy to access while others involve removing the frame of your refrigerator.

Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve is an electronically-controlled valve that opens to supply water and ice to the refrigerator. If the valve is defective, water will not be able to flow through the hose. If the valve is not open enough, there will be insufficient pressure and the water will not reach the ice maker.

Ice Maker Module

The icemaker module is a motor that controls the ice ejector arm, the heater, and the water inlet valve. These three components are needed to make ice and then eject the ice into the ice bucket. If your Frigidaire ice maker is not making ice or starts making too much ice, the module will need to be replaced.

Frigidaire Ice Maker Not Making Ice

Putting inside the ice in the bowl

One of the main reasons for not having ice is the lack of water. Seems simple enough. Finding the reason why there is no water takes a little investigating.

Your Frigidaire ice maker will not make ice if it is not receiving water. Make sure the refrigerator is connected to the correct water supply line and the water valve is open. If the water valve is not open fully, there will not be enough pressure for the water to reach the ice maker.

One of the simplest things to check is the ice bucket signal arm. This arm can easily get bumped by other objects in the freezer. If the arm is in the off position, no ice will be made.

Check The Condenser

The condenser cools down the extremely hot refrigerant vapor from the compressor and converts it into a high-pressure liquid. This liquid then flows to the evaporator where it expands and freezes water into ice. There are two main reasons why the condenser will stop working:

  • Dirty Condenser – Usually the refrigerator is close to the stove. Dust and grime from cooking oils can build up on the condenser.
  • Hard Water – Calcium and mineral build-up from hard water will put a strain on the condenser.

These two things alone will create an insulated blanket of buildup on the condenser, making it harder to cool the refrigerant.

Cleaning the condenser requires specialized cleaners, C02 tanks, and a good knowledge of the inward parts of your Frigidaire Refrigerator. A Frigidaire service technician will be able to safely and efficiently do this repair.

Icemaker Mold Thermostat

The icemaker mold thermostat monitors the temperature of the ice tray mold. Once the tray reaches the proper temperature, the icemaker module is signaled to eject the ice from the mold and then refill with water. If the thermostat is faulty, the tray will either not fill with water or will not eject the ice in the tray.

Frigidaire Ice Maker Not Getting Water

Putting ice in the refrigerator

The only way to get ice is if you have water. If your Frigidaire ice maker is not getting water be sure to check the water supply line.

If your Frigidaire ice maker is not getting water, check the water supply line. If there is any debris in the line, this will prevent water from flowing through the line. A clear line will also ensure there is adequate water pressure.

If there is frozen water in the line, unplug the refrigerator for a few hours to let it thaw or you can use a hairdryer to speed up the process. If there is frozen water in the line, try adjusting the temperature of your freezer. If the temperature is too low, water will freeze before it gets to the ice maker.

Check The Water Filter

If the water filter is clogged or has debris in it, it is time for a replacement. Check your owner’s manual or do a Google search for your Frigidaire model line to see which replacement filter you need. Replace the water filter at least every 6 months. If you live in an area with hard water, you will need to replace the filter more often.

Frigidaire Ice Maker Not Dispensing

Adjusting the icemaker

After checking the water supply and clearing the lines of any frozen water, you finally hear the wonderful sound of ice being made. You now have your glass under the dispenser, excitedly waiting for the ice to drop into your glass – but nothing happens. Now what?

Your Frigidaire ice maker will not dispense ice if the auger motor is frozen. The auger motor is responsible for rotating the ice tray, ejecting ice cubes into the ice bucket. If ice builds up around the motor, or if water gets into the motor, it will become frozen and ice will not be released.

Here are some other possibilities to help you troubleshoot the issue.

Display Locked

The digital display on your Frigidaire refrigerator could be locked. Press and hold the lock key for 3 seconds to unlock.

Temperature fluctuations

If the freezer door is constantly being opened and closed or is not closed completely, the freezer will not have time to cool down to the proper temperature. This will put added strain on the ice maker, either preventing or slowing down the ice-making process.

Another possibility is if your Frigidaire refrigerator does not have enough room to properly vent the hot air released from the condenser. If your refrigerator is in a tight spot, with cupboards or walls closely situated around it, the hot air will have nowhere to escape and will be sucked back into the refrigerator.

Power outages

Power outages or surges will also affect your Frigidaire’s ability to recover and make ice. If you recently experienced either of these, you can do a hard reset on your refrigerator. To reset your refrigerator, try one of the following:

  • Unplug the refrigerator for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • On the digital display, simultaneously press and hold the power and power freeze buttons.

Defective Ice Dispenser Actuator

This is a fancy way of saying, “The thing on the door you push your cup against to get ice doesn’t work.” Problems with this lever require working with the electrical circuits of the refrigerator. It would be best to call a Frgidiaire professional to service this repair.

Ice Dispenser Is Clogged

Simple physics here – if ice is blocking the chute, no ice will come out. As mentioned earlier, if the auger is not working properly or if the temperature inside the freezer is too warm, the ice can clump together blocking the chute.

If your Frigidaire ice maker is not working properly, make sure the signal arm is in the on position and no ice is blocking the chute entrance. Regularly check the inside of the ice maker to keep the auger clear of any ice that has clumped together and to make sure it is rotating smoothly.

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ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on October 6, 2021.

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