Why is My Dacor Side-by-Side Refrigerator Not Making Ice?

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A refrigerator ice maker can be the ultimate in convenience, providing ice on demand. If you find your Dacor side-by-side refrigerator not making ice it can feel like a luxury you can’t live without.  We’ll troubleshoot refrigerator ice maker problems including not enough ice, no ice at all and cubes that are too small by specifying the parts responsible. Whether it’s a clogged water filter or low water pressure, we’ll help you toast the solution with an ice-cold beverage.

Troubleshooting a Dacor Side-by-Side
Refrigerator Not Making Ice

There can be multiple reasons for a Dacor side-by-side ice maker not working. To best troubleshoot a Dacor ice maker in side-by-side refrigerator malfunctioning we’ll discuss the most common signs of problems and their causes.

Dacor Ice Maker Not Making Enough Ice

When you find your ice maker not producing enough ice you’ll likely notice that it’s operating more slowly. If your refrigerator is newly installed, it can take 24-72 hours for the ice maker to reach its maximum ice production. However, if your refrigerator isn’t new and you don’t have enough ice this could be why:

  • Freezer temperature is too high: the freezer temperature needs to be between 0-5°F to optimally produce ice.
  • Malfunctioning Ice Mold Thermostat: this device measures the temperature of the ice mold (tray), signaling ice production when it’s cold enough. If the thermostat is malfunctioning, it won’t accurately read the temperature and ice production can be intermittent. In this case, the thermostat needs to be replaced.

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Dacor Ice Maker Not Making Ice At All

If you notice your Dacor side-by-side refrigerator not making ice at all we first suggest confirming that the ice maker switch is ON. In most models, this means making sure the metal bar on the ice maker is in the lowered position. If the switch is on and your Dacor refrigerator not making ice continues these part malfunctions could be responsible:

  • Defective Ice Maker Module: this component has a motor that moves the ice ejector arms to dispense ice. Check to make sure that ice isn’t blocking the ejector arms. If the arms aren’t blocked, the motor or module may be defective and requires a professional assessment.
  • Faulty Ice Maker Switch: If the ice maker switch is in the ON position and there is still no ice production it’s possible that the switch may be faulty and requires replacement.

Dacor Ice Cubes Are Too Small

A Dacor side-by-side refrigerator not making ice properly can also create ice cubes that are too small. When this happens you’ll notice that not only are they smaller in size, but they may also be hollow in the middle. Here are some common causes for a Dacor refrigerator not making ice that’s large enough:

  • Low Water Pressure: The refrigerator’s water inlet valve requires at least 20ps of pressure to properly make ice. Check the water pressure to your house to make sure it meets this minimum guideline.
  • Clogged Filter: A dirty filter can restrict the water supply to the ice maker, resulting in smaller ice cubes. We suggest changing the ice filter and continuing to do so every 6 months to avoid clogs.
  • Defective Water Inlet Valve: The water inlet valve uses electricity to open and allow water to supply the dispenser and ice maker. If the valve is defective it may not open all the way, allowing only a small amount of water that results in smaller ice cubes. A defective water inlet valve needs to be replaced.

If this troubleshooting guide still leaves you with a Dacor side-by-side refrigerator not making ice it may be time for the ice maker expert. The technicians at Tiger Mechanical have the utmost expertise in every type of ice maker. Call us today to schedule an appointment!


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