Nothing beats a glass of ice-cold water when you're feeling hot, but you might have trouble keeping cool when you fill a glass with water, hold it under the ice spout on your refrigerator and nothing happens. Even if your fridge is humming along properly, it's possible for the built-in ice maker to break down for a number of different reasons. Fortunately, help is just a phone call away in the form of your local appliance repair service. Before you make that call, however, it's beneficial to perform a few simple checks to see if you can tell what's wrong with the ice maker. You can pass any issues that you discover along to the repair person to help the repair process. Here are three things to check.
Water Line Connection
Your fridge's ice maker won't be able to make ice if it isn't connected to a water source. If you've recently pulled out your fridge to vacuum beneath it, for example, it's possible that you might have mistakenly unhooked the water line. This check is as simple as sliding the fridge away from the wall a few inches and confirming that the water line is snugly connected to the back of the fridge. If it's loose, you'll simply need to push it back into position; if everything appears as it should, it's time to move to the next step.
Space Around Ice Maker
Open the freezer side of your fridge and remove any frozen foods that are impeding your view of the ice maker box. This receptacle is often positioned toward the top of the freezer side and has a boxlike shape. Note the position of the foods situated around the box. If the food is pressed against the ice maker, it might not be getting the proper space required to allow the cold air to circulate. The space depends on the style of appliance, so check your owner's manual to determine the proper amount of clearance. If you suspect the food's position to be the issue, leave the proper clearance and check if there's ice a few hours later.
The condenser coils located at the rear of bottom of the fridge/freezer get coated with dust over time. When the coils become excessively dusty, the appliance's elements can often stop working properly. If you haven't recently vacuumed the dust off these coils, do so. If the coils appear to be clean, it's time to call a company like Professional Appliance Repair to schedule a visit from a technician.