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Crystal Clear Cubes: A Guide to Maintaining Your Undercounter Ice Maker



Undercounter ice makers are a convenient luxury, providing a steady stream of frosty cubes for your favorite beverages.But like any appliance, they require a little TLC to keep them running smoothly and efficiently. Here's a guide to maintaining your undercounter ice maker for consistently clear, clean ice:


Regular Cleaning is Key

Just like your coffee maker, your ice maker needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent mineral buildup and funky odors. The frequency of cleaning depends on your water quality. If you have hard water, you may need to clean more often.


  • Consult your manual: Most manufacturers recommend a specific cleaning solution and schedule.

  • General tips: Typically, you can clean your ice maker with a solution of warm water and white vinegar or a commercial ice maker cleaner. Empty the ice bin and dispenser chute before cleaning. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, which can damage the machine.

  • Wipe down the dispenser chute: Use a damp cloth to remove any ice chips or debris that could accumulate and harbor bacteria.

Filter Replacement Matters

Your ice maker likely has a water filter that removes impurities from your water supply. A clogged filter can restrict water flow and affect ice production.


  • Follow the replacement schedule: Most filters need to be changed every 6 months, but consult your manual for specific recommendations.

  • Easy access: Many filters are located in the front of the ice maker bin for easy replacement.

Addressing Common Issues

  • Off-flavor ice: This could be a sign that your ice maker needs cleaning or your water filter needs replacing.

  • Slow ice production: Check the water supply line for kinks or blockages. Make sure the ice maker is level and ensure there's enough airflow around the unit.

  • Clogged dispenser chute: If ice cubes get stuck, don't use a sharp object to dislodge them, as this could damage the machine. Try pouring warm water down the chute to melt the blockage.

Bonus Tip: Every few months, empty the ice bin and run a cleaning cycle with just clean water to flush out any mineral deposits or debris.

By following these simple maintenance tips, you can keep your undercounter ice maker running smoothly for years to come, ensuring you always have a refreshing supply of clean, clear ice on hand.


-- Iowa Appliance Repair offers in-home appliance repair in Des Moines, IA and surrounding areas including; Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, West Des Moines, Ames, and More. We service all major brands including and work on all major in-home appliances including; refrigerators, freezers, ranges & ovens, cooktops, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, vent hoods, and ice makers. Please click HERE to schedule service.

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