GE Ice Maker Is Not Working And There Is No Green Light?
Ice makers are modern conveniences that don’t receive enough appreciation. With an ice maker accessible, you no longer have to keep water inside the refrigerator. You can also cool down drinks faster with ice on demand.
It’s only when the ice maker stops working properly that we understand how important it is. The ice maker connected to your GE refrigerator could stop working suddenly. You need to know what to do if that ever happens.
The ice maker not working could simply be because it was turned off when the refrigerator was shipped. If a green light is blinking while the ice maker malfunctions, that is likely because some ice cubes are stuck. Running a diagnostic process should resolve that issue with the stuck ice cubes.
A GE refrigerator with a malfunctioning ice maker is a pretty common problem. Learn how to deal with it properly by reading on.
Why Is the Ice Maker of My GE Refrigerator Not Working?
After finally getting your new GE refrigerator delivered to your home, you’re probably excited to use it right away. Not long after turning it on though, you may notice that the ice maker is not running. A malfunctioning ice maker is a problem that could also manifest itself repeatedly in the future.
You need to understand what’s going on when your ice maker is not working. Below, we’ve detailed the reasons why the ice maker of your GE refrigerator may malfunction. We have also included the fixes for those specific problems.
The Problem: The Ice Maker Is Turned Off
When the delivery personnel ship the GE refrigerator to your home, they may turn the ice maker off before doing so. Not all homeowners may notice right away that the ice maker is turned off. You may also miss the spot which indicates whether the ice maker is turned on or deactivated.
This is a common mistake that owners of new GE refrigerators make. It’s also easy enough to resolve as long as you know where to look.
GE refrigerators can vary in terms of how their ice makers are designed. That also means that the process of turning the ice maker on can vary from one model to the next. You need to check out what GE model you have to figure out how to switch on the ice maker.
In many GE refrigerators, you’ll find that a slide switch is in control of the ice maker. The slide switch has on/off labels so just move the switch to the appropriate position. Refrigerators equipped with toggle switches are also easy enough to work with. Moving the switch up will turn the ice maker on.
Next up, you have the refrigerators that are equipped with feeler or control arms. Move the feeler arm if you need to switch the ice maker on or off. Lowering the feeler arm will turn the ice maker on.
Lastly, you may have to use the dedicated ice maker pad on your refrigerator to power on that feature. Prompts will pop up and tell you how to activate the ice maker.
The Problem: Ice Cubes Are Stuck in the Ice Maker
Over the course of using your GE refrigerator’s ice maker, some issues are bound to up. Among the more common problems that may arise is an ice cube getting stuck.
The refrigerator will let you know if it is experiencing that kind of problem. If the green light on your refrigerator is flashing, that means there’s something wrong with the ice maker. You need to set that ice cube free before you can start using the ice maker again.
GE recommends performing a diagnostic process if you believe that an ice cube is stuck in the ice maker. Note that you can only run this diagnostic process on refrigerators with an on/off switch and the LED light.
You can start the process by turning off the ice maker. Leave it off for at least 15 seconds. Look for the ice maker paddle before turning the ice maker back on.
Go ahead and turn the ice maker back on then put your hand on the paddle. Push on the paddle three times, but don’t push any more than that. Act quickly too because you need to complete those pushes within 15 seconds of turning the ice maker on.
If you did things properly, the ice maker should initiate the harvest state. While in the harvest state, the rake will complete a full revolution inside the ice maker. The rake should dislodge any stuck ice cubes as it revolves.
The ice maker should start the harvest state within three minutes of you completing the final push on the paddle. You will have to start the diagnostic process again if the ice maker did not enter the harvest state.
Be patient because the ice maker will remain in harvest mode for three minutes. You’ll know the process is done when the green light stays on instead of blinking. The mold will also fill with water and you will get ice soon enough.
The Problem: Serious Issues with the Components of the Ice Maker
The green light on your GE refrigerator will blink not just because of a stuck ice cube. It could also be a warning sign for more serious issues. You may notice that your ice maker has stayed in harvest mode for longer than three minutes. It could remain in that state for up to 30 minutes. After finally finishing the harvest state, the ice maker’s light may just start blinking again.
The ice maker staying in the harvest state for longer than three minutes is a sign of trouble. That kind of thing happens when the ice maker is busted.
You will also see the green light flash when certain parts of the ice maker are not moving. To be more specific, the rake and/or the motor of the ice maker may be stationary.
The flashing green light is also a possible indicator of a malfunctioning heater. With the heater inactive, the ice maker is not going to work as designed.
Unfortunately, there are no easy fixes for the problems we laid out above. You can try running the diagnostic process again or even resetting the refrigerator, but they may not work.
If the green light is flashing due to a busted heater, motor, or even ice maker, a replacement will be necessary. You will have to get the ice maker replaced.
Other Issues That Could Cause Your Ice Maker to Malfunction
There are other issues that could stop the ice maker on your GE refrigerator from functioning properly. We run through them quickly in this section.
The Water Filter Is Clogged
The ice maker cannot produce the expected amount of ice if not enough water is reaching it. There are two reasons why that might happen.
First, water flow may slow down due to a clogged filter. Water filters on GE refrigerators are only supposed to last for six months. They will impede water flow if they remain in use longer than that.
The condition of the water flowing into your household can also give the ice maker issues. Water loaded with a good amount of sediment will clog the filters faster and slow down the production of ice. Once again, replacing the filter will be necessary in that scenario.
The Temperature Settings Are Off
Your ice maker may also struggle to produce ice due to the temperature levels of your refrigerator. The temperature settings for the freezer may be too warm. That can lead to the ice not forming fast enough.
The user manual for your refrigerator will tell you the recommended temperature settings. Most of the time though, setting the freezer to zero will do the trick. You can adjust the temperature from there until the ice production is regulated.
The manufacturers also recommend keeping your freezer mostly full. Doing so will help regulate the freezer temperature and keep your ice maker on schedule.
Why Is My Ice Maker Producing Knocking Sounds?
You cannot expect the ice maker to be completely silent as it works, but it shouldn’t cause a ruckus either. If you start to hear knocking sounds coming from the ice maker, then something is wrong. The knocking sounds can be caused by several factors. It could be something as simple as the ice maker producing cubes that are too large. The water inlet valve may also be having issues that are related to the knocking sounds.Hopefully, those are the issues you’re dealing with. Sadly, the knocking sounds could be harbingers of more serious problems. The knocking sounds may be symptomatic of a heating function that is no longer working properly. They could also be telling you that the compressor is about to give out.
How Long Do Ice Makers Last?
The ice maker of your GE refrigerator should last for a while assuming proper maintenance. They are known to last for about five years even if you use them daily. If you’re lucky, your ice maker could last twice as long.
Gary Evans is passionate about home improvement. He loves finding out how to make improvements in the easiest, most practical, and most affordable ways. Upgrading his home kitchen is one of his ongoing hobbies. Gary is also a long-time content creator and enjoys spending his free time tending to his hydroponic vegetable garden.
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