How to Clean with a Solution for KitchenAid Ice Makers

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KitchenAid markets a line of ice makers for use in kitchens and bars. The appliance freezes water in cube shapes and then dumps the cubes into a storage bin. The freezing process removes minerals from the water which are left behind and harden into scale. This scale buildup can clog the water lines and reduce the efficiency of the ice maker. Cleaning the ice maker system with an approved cleaning solution removes the scale and keeps the appliance working as intended.


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Step 1

Press "On/Off" to turn off the ice making operation. The "On/Off" light is not lit when the ice making operation is off.

Step 2

Wait ten minutes, then remove all the ice from the storage bin.

Step 3

Open the storage bin. Grasp the drain cap on the bottom of the water pan, then turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it.

Step 4

Allow the water to completely drain, then put the drain cap back on. Screw the cap clockwise until it is fully seated.


Step 5

Pour one 16 oz. bottle of cleaning solution into the water pan. Fill the now empty bottle with tap water, then pour it into the water pan. Close the storage bin.

Step 6

Press "Clean." The cleaning process takes about 70 minutes to complete.

Step 7

Open the storage bin when the cleaning process is complete. Remove the drain cap as in Step 3. Look for cleaning solution left in the water pan. Run the "Clean" cycle again if cleaning solution is present.


Step 8

Replace the drain cap as in Step 4.

Step 9

Press "On/Off" to turn on the ice making operation. The "On/Off" light is lit when the ice making operation is active.


If your water is hard or if there is severe scale buildup in the ice maker, run the cleaning process again with a second bottle of cleaning solution. If you have hard water, plan on cleaning the ice maker once every six months.



Kyle McBride

Kyle McBride has been writing professionally since 2004. Her articles have appeared in various online publications, covering topics such as computers, home construction, travel and auto repair. She is a certified motorcycle technician and printer/copier technician. McBride also holds an associate degree in computer networking from Strayer University.