A refrigerator that makes ice is the height of luxury, isn’t it? It’s great to walk up to your trusty LG fridge whenever you want and fill up a glass with frosty, cold cubes. Every drink can be ice cold and refreshing!
But what if your LG refrigerator suddenly stops making ice? First of all, don’t panic. It probably isn’t permanently broken. In fact, there are plenty of easy-to-fix reasons behind a faulty ice maker. Read on to find out what to do when you encounter these issues.
In this article, we cover all major models of LG refrigerators, including:
The ice bucket is jammed
The ice bucket is an essential part of your LG refrigerator’s ice-making system. It’s set up to collect and store the ice that is made by the ice maker and dispenses ice when required.
Usually located in the freezer compartment of your LG refrigerator, the ice maker has sensors to tell when the ice bucket is full and when it’s empty. These sensors will prompt the icemaker to make more ice.
If the ice bucket is jammed, the ice creation process will be disrupted. The sensor can falsely indicate to the ice maker that the bucket is full, even if it isn’t. A jam can also prevent the ice from being dumped out, leading to further issues.
To figure out if the ice bucket is behind your problem, check for visible ice clumps in the ice bucket. Also, check to ensure the ice bucket is properly seated in the ice bucket assembly, and make sure that the dispenser mechanism can move freely without obstruction.
If it turns out it is jammed, follow these steps to fix it:
- Carefully remove the ice bucket from your LG fridge.
- If there are any clumps of ice around the bucket or dispenser, remove them. You may need to use a hair dryer to melt any clumps within the freezer compartment.
- Once you’ve cleared all the ice, realign and reinstall the bucket.
- Reset the icemaker by turning it off, waiting for ten seconds, then turning it back on.
- Once reinstalled, monitor the ice maker to make sure it’s working correctly. If it’s still not making ice, move on to the next step in our guide.
Water pressure too low
Your LG ice maker needs a certain level of water pressure to properly function. If the water pressure is too low, then the ice maker won’t have enough water to make the ice.
In LG fridges, the ice maker is connected to your home’s water supply and uses a water inlet valve to fill up the ice cube tray. If the pressure is too low, the valve won’t open fully to let water flow through, which can hinder or even totally stop ice production.
To fix this problem:
- Make sure there are no kinks or bends in the water line, as this can affect water flow.
- Make sure the water supply valve is fully open.
- If you have water pressure issues in other areas of your home, increase the water pressure for the entire home—this should increase ice production.
If none of these fixes work, you may need to replace your refrigerator’s water inlet valve. A replacement valve can be purchased online from any refrigerator parts supplier—just make sure it’s compatible with your model of LG refrigerator.
Iced up water line
If the water line of your LG refrigerator gets an ice clog, this can severely impact its ability to create ice. This issue happens if the tube leading to the ice maker freezes solid, preventing water from getting to the ice cube tray. An iced-up water line happens when the line itself drops below freezing temperature, creating a blockage.
If an iced-up water line is your issue, you may hear a buzzing or humming sound from the ice maker as it tries to draw water. Your refrigerator water dispenser will also not be working.
To fix this issue:
- An ice blockage can occur when the freezer temperature is set too low. LG recommends that you set your freezer temperature to zero degrees Fahrenheit.
- To clear the blockage itself, use a hair dryer on a low setting along the length of the water line. You can also use a warm, wet cloth.
- Once you’ve warmed the line, reset the ice maker and test to see if it’s able to draw water again. If a blocked water line was to blame, the ice maker should now be working normally.
Clogged water filter
All LG refrigerators with ice makers have water filters, and if the filters get blocked it can significantly impact the ice production process. The water filter removes impurities from the water, and over time it can get blocked. This is likely to happen if you live in an area where the water has a high mineral content.
If the filter is left in long enough without being changed, water flow can slow down or even stop completely. Reduced water flow to your ice maker will result in small cubes or no cubes at all. If you notice this happening, a clogged water filter may be the cause.
How to fix this issue:
- Order a replacement filter that is compatible with your model of LG refrigerator.
- Remove the old filter, and put the new one in its place,
- Make sure you reset the filter indicator to help you keep track of when it’s time to change it again.
- Reset your ice maker and test it to ensure it’s working correctly.
- Remember to stick to a regular replacement schedule with your water filter. LG recommends replacing the filter every six months for optimal results.