The ice maker may blink to alert you to an issue for a few reasons. Fortunately, there are several ways to remedy a blinking light issue on the KitchenAid ice maker, once you know why the irritating lights are pulsing.
After troubleshooting common issues that require a reset, the blinking lights on the KitchenAid refrigerator should cease to pulse. Troubleshooting why the appliance lights are blinking can narrow down the problem and save time and money.
Prepping to Troubleshoot Ice Maker
Turn off or unplug the refrigerator if you plan to remove the ice maker to repair or reset it. Store all food in coolers while working on the appliance if the repair will take more than an hour.
A set of screwdrivers should be all you need to reset or replace an ice maker. Have some bowls to hold screws and parts as you remove them for convenience. Gather towels and place them under the ice maker so you can quickly wipe up spills that can cause an accident.
Change the Water Filter
Water that flows to your KitchenAid appliance has traveled a great distance through myriad types of pipes. It gathers impurities and minerals as it makes its way to the ice maker. The water then runs through the lines and water filter before creating ice cubes in the machine.
The water filter removes impurities and can get clogged with hard water deposits. This slows down the production of ice. If the KitchenAid refrigerator ice maker is not filling with water, then it could be a problem with the water filter or lines.
The water filter in the KitchenAid refrigerator in a busy household should be changed every four months, according to Consumer Reports. If the ice maker continues to not make ice or the lights continue to blink, then check that the water filter has been changed recently and is properly installed.
KitchenAid Ice Maker Reset
The KitchenAid ice maker reset is a fairly simple process to complete. First, make sure that the manual switch on the ice maker is in the on position. Tap the plastic tab on the door jamb. This signals the light to turn off.
Shut the freezer door and allow it to reset for 10 seconds before opening the door. Press the door's switch three times and shut the door. Let it sit for a few seconds to reset the ice maker. This should stop the blinking lights.
A helpful place to find a list of KitchenAid ice maker troubleshooting is in the manual. The lights may blink if the ice maker is jammed with ice. KitchenAid recommends removing ice that has collected on the ejector arm with a plastic utensil.
Check the Optic Sensor
The bin sensor inside of the KitchenAid ice maker can get blocked by ice on occasion. This isn't always clear to detect. Remove any ice that has found its way over the sensor.
The sensor can also become scaly with hard water deposits. In this case, swipe the filmy or crusty sensor with a soft towel dipped in warm, sudsy water. Remove soap residue with a clean, damp towel and buff dry.
Don't store anything in the freezer ice bin, such as soda cans or ice cream tubs. These can block the sensor or create a buildup of ice.
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