Has the ice maker of your Samsung refrigerator started freezing up? We would assume yes because that is probably why you are here. With this guide, we have brought you all the different ways to fix your ice maker, along with the reason it has started freezing up in the first place. So, without further ado, let us get started.
1. Too low temperatures inside the ice maker
A specific temperature limit is recommended for the ice maker to operate normally. This may differ from one fridge manufacturer to the other, but the general values would be between -2° F and 0° F. An ice maker may malfunction if the temperature exceeds the bounds. In this particular scenario, the temperature of your ice maker may have gone too low, causing the ice maker to freeze up.
So, check the temperature settings of your Samsung refrigerator’s ice maker and configure it back to the optimal settings. Now, check if the ice maker ceases to freeze up abnormally.
2. Leakage in the ice maker chamber
The ice maker relies on various tubes and containers for water. If any of these take some damage, water may start leaking. This leakage can lead to the ice maker freezing up. To check if there is a leakage in these components, flash a torch inside the ice maker and look for reflections. These reflections may indicate damage.
To fix this damage, you can use sealants. Firstly, remove all detachable components cracks. After that, seal them and wait for the adhesive to dry before putting all the components back in place. If the damage is too big to fix with sealants, it is advisable to replace the affected parts.
3. Defect in the air-tight sealing mechanism
The container where ice is stored in the ice maker is sealed air-tight. This is to ensure precise temperatures and freshness. But when this air-tight sealing mechanism, also known as a rubber gasket, fails, it can cause the ice to come in contact with higher-temperature air. This leads to the generation of water vapors, which further turn into ice. This causes the ice maker to freeze up.
There is no way actually to fix this rubber sealing. You can only replace it. It is not very costly to get a replacement. When you get a replacement, remove the old one and put the new one in its place.
4. Defective valve for water supply
This valve is technically a switch that regulates the water inlet by the ice maker. It turns the water supply on or off when required. If this valve starts malfunctioning, the ice maker may start freezing due to overflowing.
Once again, getting the water inlet valve is the only way to fix this. Before the new valve is installed, defrost your ice maker. And once it is installed, you should have no problems.
5. Defective ice chute flap
All the ice cubes are delivered to the ice tray via a small passage, which is sealed by the ice chute flap. This flap protects the passage from air, dirt, and other contaminants to avoid unnecessary temperature fluctuations. If this flap gets damaged or malfunctioning, the ice maker may freeze.
To check whether the ice chute flap is causing your ice maker to freeze, check whether it properly seals the passage. Look for physical damages as well. If you find either, it is time to replace the ice chute flap. Make sure to defrost the passage, also called the ice chute. Your ice maker should start working normally once the new flap is installed and everything is in place.
6. Frozen water line
There could be times when the water line which supplies water to the ice maker freezes up due to some reason. This frost may extend to other parts of the ice maker, causing the whole thing to freeze.
To fix this issue, you will need to defrost the line. You can do so by simply turning off the power supply. You can also apply mild heat by, let us say, a hairdryer. But make sure you do not crank up the heat so much that any of the components get damaged, in any case. However, if the issue becomes too frequent, it would be best to get the line replaced.
7. Spoiled condenser coils
Condenser coils create a heat exchange cycle necessary for cooling machines to work. These coils are also found in refrigerators. And when these coils get dirty, which they do over time, it becomes difficult and takes longer for the machine to perform the cooling process. That eventually may cause the ice maker to freeze up.
You can clean all the accumulated dirt on the coils by yourself. They are usually at the bottom of the fridge, under a panel. Just remove the panel and get rid of the dirt. Your ice maker should start working fine without freezing up after that.
That concludes this guide. If you are still facing the problem, you may have to consult a qualified technician or Samsung support. They could get this problem sorted.
- Also Read: How to Defrost Samsung Refrigerator?