A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Ice Maker

A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Ice Maker

As experts in appliance repair, we at Excellence Appliance Repair understand the importance of maintaining your home appliances, including the often-overlooked ice maker. Regular ice maker cleaning is crucial to ensure it operates efficiently and produces clean, safe ice. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to clean your ice maker, designed to keep your machine in top shape and extend its lifespan.

Why Clean Your Ice Maker?

  • Hygiene: Over time, ice makers can accumulate mineral deposits, mold, and bacteria, which can affect the taste and safety of the ice.
  • Efficiency: Regular cleaning can prevent mechanical issues, ensuring efficient ice production.
  • Longevity: Proper maintenance can extend the life of your ice maker.

Preparing to Clean Your Ice Maker

  1. Gather Supplies: You'll need a soft cloth, warm water, mild dish soap, a 10% white vinegar solution (or manufacturer-recommended cleaner), a soft brush, and a dry towel.
  2. Power Down: Turn off the ice maker and unplug it from the power source. This ensures safety during cleaning.
  3. Remove Ice: Discard any old ice to prevent contamination.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

Exterior Cleaning:

  1. Wipe Down the Exterior: Use a soft cloth dampened with warm, soapy water to clean the outer surface of the ice maker.
  2. Dry Thoroughly: Prevent water spots and streaks by drying the exterior with a clean towel.

Interior Cleaning:

  1. Remove Interior Parts: Remove detachable parts, such as the ice tray.
  2. Soak and Scrub: Soak removable parts in the vinegar solution or soapy water, then gently scrub with a soft brush.
  3. Wipe the Interior: Use a cloth dampened with the cleaning solution to wipe the interior surfaces.
  4. Rinse: Cleanse with a cloth dampened with plain water to remove cleaning solution residues.
  5. Dry Interior: Wipe everything dry with a clean towel.


  1. Sanitize: Wipe down all surfaces with one tablespoon of unscented bleach in 1 gallon of water, or use a commercial sanitizer recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Rinse Again: Rinse thoroughly with water to ensure no bleach or sanitizer residue remains.

Reassembling and Restarting

  1. Reassemble: Put all components back in place.
  2. Plug In and Turn On: Restore power to your ice maker.
  3. Run a Cleaning Cycle: If your machine has a cleaning cycle, run it to remove any residual cleaner.
  4. Discard First Batch of Ice: Discard the first batch of ice made after cleaning as it may contain cleaning residues.

Maintaining Your Ice Maker

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your ice maker every six months or as the manufacturer recommends.
  • Change Water Filters: Regularly replace water filters to maintain ice quality and machine efficiency.
  • Monitor for Issues: Watch for any changes in ice quality or machine performance.

Professional Maintenance

Contact a professional for thorough maintenance or any issues with your ice maker. At Excellence Appliance Repair, we service a wide range of brands and models and offer same and next-day appointments in Williamson and Travis counties, including Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and nearby areas.


Maintaining a clean ice maker is essential for the appliance's hygiene, efficiency, and longevity. If you need professional assistance or have questions regarding your ice maker, contact Excellence Appliance Repair at (737) 358-9191 or visit our website at https://appliancerepairatx.com/. Our team of experts is ready to help with all your appliance repair needs in the Austin area and beyond.