Maintaining Your LG Refrigerator's Ice Maker

Your ice maker has three main components—the dispenser, the freezer and the ice maker itself—that deserve special care. Here are some do's and dont's that will have you enjoying the convenience of ice and water for years to come.

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Maintaining Your Ice Maker—The Dispenser

When using the dispenser, it's safe to keep your distance from the ice outlet.

Alternate your dispenser between cubes and crushed ice to avoid the ice passage getting blocked with frost. And remember to clean the frost that accumulates.

Be gentle when pushing the lever on your dispenser so it doesn't get stuck. If it does, try to push in delicately and then release.

Air bubbles can create pressure and cause a constant drip. To flush air bubbles out, dispense 2-3 gallons of water and then check again.

The ice maker goes into auto defrost mode twice a day. So don't worry if water seems to appear in the drip tray out of nowhere. It's just the ice melting near the funnel.

Check to see if the dispenser flap is closing properly. The cold air escaping from the freezer could cause condensation—and leaking into the dispenser tray.

When you turn the ice maker off, remember to empty the ice bin so ice doesn't melt and drain through the dispenser.

The error codes "Er FF" or "Er IF" may be the results of ice or freezer-frost buildup.

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Maintaining Your Ice Maker—The Freezer

Check the water lines at the back of your refrigerator for bends or leaks that could be reducing the water flow to the ice maker. If the water lines are bent, straighten them out.

Don't set your freezer temperature under -4ºF (-20ºC). This may cause ice to build up on the feeler arm and on the tube leading to the ice maker.

Before you activate the ICE PLUS feature, set the freezer temperature to at least 0°F (-18°C), or colder.

If you find sheets of ice forming in the bottom of your freezer, it could be caused by water overfilling or overshooting the ice maker ice tray. Make sure the ice bin is installed correctly.

Look for containers that are not completely sealed and could leak.

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Maintaining Your Ice Maker—The Ice Maker

Storing cans or other foods in the ice bin for rapid cooling may damage your ice maker. Check the feeler arm periodically by moving it up and down. If it moves, it's not frozen. If it is frozen, you can use a soft, warm cloth and wrap it around frozen parts until they thaw. The same goes for the tube to the ice maker.

If you get discolored ice, check the filter and water supply. If the problem continues, contact an Authorized Service Center.

Don't remove the ice maker cover.

Keep your fingers out of the ice door and ice passage.

From time to time, check to make sure there's no ice on the tray or feeler arm preventing the return of the arm to upright position.

Clean the ice tray and bin to prevent particles from forming in ice.

To keep your ice tasting fresh, remember to change the filter every 4-to-6 months.

If the water pressure in your ice maker is too high, water could overshoot or overfill the ice tray. Reduce the size of the cubes using the selector on the ice maker.

If you find particles in your ice cubes, it could be caused by debris in the ice bin. Periodically clean the ice tray to prevent this from building up over time. Sometimes, a water purifying system may be required to keep minerals from accumulating in the ice bin.