How Much Ice a Fridge Makes: Is Your Refrigerator Making Enough?

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Have you noticed that your ice maker doesn’t produce enough ice to get you through a dinner party? Or maybe you’ve noticed that the bin is empty after only filling a few cups. While the amount of ice your refrigerator ice maker produces is consistent, the variations in usage could make you think that the ice maker isn’t producing enough ice. This is especially true during the warm summer months.

Here’s How Much Ice Your Refrigerator Makes

Your fridge should produce three to six pounds of ice every 24 hours. The amount of ice may differ based on your refrigerator’s model. In other words, your fridge ice maker should make enough ice for 6-8 full glasses of ice during a 24-hour cycle.

Daily Ice Maker Production Based on Refrigerator Style

  • Side-By-Side: 4.5 lbs/day
  • Top Mount: 3.5 lbs/day
  • French Door Bottom Mount: 3.5-3.9 lbs/day
  • Bottom Mount: 3-4.5 lbs/day
  • Dual Ice Makers: 6.2 lbs/day

How Long Does My Fridge Take to Make More Ice?

A new round of ice is made every 90 minutes. You can refer to your Owner’s Manual for the amount of ice specific to your refrigerator.

How Much Ice Can My Freezer Store?

Depending on the model, you can store between three to ten pounds of ice.

How Can I Increase Ice Production?

Some refrigerators have a Quick Ice feature that can increase ice production by nearly 50%. If your refrigerator has this feature, enable it to increase ice production.

If you suspect your ice maker isn’t making enough ice, check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website to find the most accurate figures. Overdue maintenance can negatively affect ice production. To ensure the best performance from your ice maker, perform routine maintenance.

Ice Maker Not Working or Not Making Enough Ice?

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Perform Routine Maintenance

  1. Remember to replace your water filter every six months.
  2. Clean the condenser coils every six months.
  3. Clean your ice maker routinely and as your Owner’s manual instructs.

 If you’re still experiencing issues after performing routine maintenance, you may need to check the temperature, water pressure, and water line. 

Check the Temperature

Check your temperature knob to ensure it’s in the right temperature zone. Ideal freezer conditions for ice production are between 0-10 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature is good to know for ice production purposes and to maintain ideal conditions for your food in the freezer. Contact a repair specialist for assistance if your refrigerator can’t keep the correct temperature.

Measure Water Pressure

Place a measuring cup under the water dispenser and fill for 20 seconds. If less than 13.5 fluid ounces are in the cup, your home water pressure may be too low. Your home’s water pressure should be at least 20 psi, but check your home Owner’s Manual for specific psi requirements. If it’s insufficient, the problem should be addressed by a plumber. If the water pressure is good, check the water inlet valve for signs of damage or debris.

Inspect Water Lines

Inspect the line from the ice maker and look for any signs of frost build-up or damage. Pinch the line gently if you suspect it is frozen. If the line is frozen, you can thaw it out by flushing the area with warm water. This can be done using a turkey baster or spray bottle. Use towels to soak up any excess water.

If you’re still concerned about your ice maker, call the ice maker repair experts at Tiger Mechanical today!

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