A refrigerator is an essential item in every home, ensuring our drinks and food cold. But when it stops dispensing an ice cube, it can become uncomfortable and inconvenient. The KitchenAid refrigerator may not be able to dispense Ice due to an issue with the dispenser’s motor or a water filter that is blocked or a malfunctioning maker. In this article, we’ll review some of the common troubleshooting methods to help you fix your KitchenAid refrigerator’s ice maker, and make it back up and running. It is possible to save money by hiring a professional to take care of your appliance and never require a purchase of a new one.
KitchenAid Ice Bucket Auger Motor
The KitchenAid Ice Bucket Auger is situated inside the ice bin. It when it is activated it will spin to push the ice forward to the outlet chute in the bin. The auger is powered by a motor that is positioned behind the bin using a set of drive forks mounted on the shaft of the gear box. While the gear box is slow, it has a lot of force to move ice. You must ensure that the motor is functioning before turning the auger. You should be able to hear the gear box/motor making enough noise to be heard when the freezer door shut.
If the motor isn’t functioning, then check it for continuity with the aid of a multi-meter. Remove power from the appliance prior to performing the test. If the motor has continuity then you should verify that the motor is getting power when ice dispensing is chosen. This is a live voltage test and should only be carried out by a trained professional. If no power is being delivered to the motor’s terminals, you need to check the switch and control actuator.
KitchenAid Ice Dispenser Actuator
The mechanical part that activates your micro switch for your dispenser is called the ice dispenser actuator. The actuator is usually tiny plastic lever that pivots when your tumbler is engaged. It could be covered with an upholstered pad. You can usually hear a click as the switch is contacted. You must inspect the actuator or switch if the door to the dispenser as well as the auger motor aren’t receiving power. Remove the cover from the control panel and make sure that the actuator connects to the switch on the dispenser correctly and if not, check the actuator housing bracket, switch mounting bracket and the actuator pivot. Repair any damaged components. If the actuator has trouble communicating with the switch, you will need to check the control board or switch for the source of the problem. When working in proximity to electrical circuits, it is recommended to remove the power source to the device.
KitchenAid Micro Switch
The micro switch for the dispenser is a momentary contact switch which, when it is activated, will supply energy to the auger motor and also the solenoid to the door of the dispenser. It is situated behind the lever or pad that is used to dispensate Ice. To access the switch, it is first necessary to turn off the power supply. Then, you must remove the cover from the control panel. A multi-meter can be used to determine the continuity.
KitchenAid Dispenser Control Board
KitchenAid refrigerators can use an electronic control to supply power to the auger motor or dispenser door solenoid. If you’ve verified that they’re not receiving power , and the actuator as well as the switch are in good working order the possibility is that you’ve got an issue with the KitchenAid electronic controller.
In the end, an KitchenAid refrigerator that’s not dispensed the ice could be a stressful trouble to solve However, there are plenty of potential solutions to try before calling an expert. If you follow the steps described in this post, you’ll be in a position to troubleshoot and fix the issue yourself, and save time and money. Make sure you check your dispenser’s motor, water filter, as well as the ice maker for any malfunctions or clogs, and be patient as you wait for the ice maker to produce fresh cold ice. With a bit of effort you can restore your KitchenAid refrigerator back to dispensing Ice as usual, making sure your drinks remain cool and refreshing throughout the entire year.