An ice maker is the perfect appliance for any home bar. Whirlpool's line of ice makers provide great serviceability and can produce 50 pounds of ice cubes in 24 hours, making plenty for even the busiest nights at the bar. Whirlpool models are provided with a built-in electronic clean cycle, which provides long-lasting ice consistency. Over time, your ice maker may require a more thorough cleaning due to built-up mineral deposits from water. These deposits cause discolorations and inconsistent ice quality. Follow these steps to keep your ice maker producing clean, refreshing ice.

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Step 1

Inspect the cleaning status light. The Whirlpool cleaning status light will turn to yellow to let you know you should clean your ice maker soon. If the light turns to red, clean your ice maker immediately.

Step 2

Clean the exterior of your ice machine. A clean exterior will help ensure that there's less dirt on the inside of your ice maker, and it looks more attractive. Prepare a container with a solution of hot water and mild soap. Use a clean cloth to apply soap solution to the exterior, scrubbing mildly. Use another clean cloth to dry the ice maker's exterior.

Step 3

Turn off the ice maker to prepare the interior for cleaning. Allow the ice maker to sit for 15 to 30 minutes to allow all the ice to fall into the storage bin. Remove the ice from the storage bin, then open the drain cap from the water pan to allow the water to drain out. Use paper towels to clean out the excess moisture, then replace the drain cap securely.

Step 4

Pour a pre-measured amount of ice maker cleaning solution into the water pan. Ice maker cleaning solutions will vary in strength, so measure properly. Many cleaning solutions need to be diluted with water; add water accordingly. Press and hold down the "Clean" button until the corresponding light begins blinking, meaning the cleaning cycle has started.

Step 5

Wait until the cleaning process ends. Whirlpool models generally have a cleaning cycle time of 70 minutes. Remove the drain cap and note if there is any cleaning solution in the interior. If there is, run the cleaning cycle again using just water. If there is no cleaning solution that drains out, replace the drain cap. Turn your ice maker back on.