How to Replace the Pump on an Ice Maker
As the kitchen has evolved into the hub of the modern home, a freestanding ice maker has become an important design element for homeowners who entertain frequently and extensively. A stand-alone ice maker can produce several dozen pounds of ice in a short period of time, and can store close to 25 pounds of ice. The pump can malfunction for a number of reasons but is relatively simple to replace.
- Take all of the ice out of the appliance, and remove the drain cap to drain the water pan.
- Disconnect the water line, and then disconnect the ice maker from its power source, or flip off the appliance’s circuit breaker to prevent the possibility of burns, electrocution, or fires.
- Remove the ice chute and the bracket that supports the ice scoop.
- Take out the screws securing the water pan and then remove the water pan.
- Remove screw securing pump’s plastic cover and then remove the pump’s cover.
- Disconnect discharge hose from pump.
- Pull water supply line out of pump’s base.
- Remove screws holding pump in place. Some may be visible but one may be behind the pump. If so, the screw in the back will need an 8-inch socket extension. After removing all of the screws, the pump will hang down.
- Squeeze the tabs on either side of the pump to unplug the electrical wires from the pump.
- Take the pump out and install the replacement pump.
- Reinsert the electrical wires and then insert and tighten screws holding pump in place. Reinsert water supply line in pump’s base.
- Connect discharge hose.
- Replace the pump’s cover, insert and tighten screws.
- Put water pan back and tighten pan’s screws.
- Replace the ice chute and brackets.
- Reconnect the water line and power.