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A good ice maker can make all the difference. If your model includes an ice maker, here you'll find a few tips to ensure that it runs smoothly—how to set it up, how you can make more ice and even a few tidbits on how to maintain it. Choose a section below.


Optimum Temperature

We all know water freezes at 32°F, or 0°C. Your ice maker has an optimum temperature that will hit the right balance between making ice quickly and using just the right amount of energy. Remember, the right temperature for your fridge will vary based on various factors such as your local climate, your family's usage, and the amount of food in the fridge.


-4°F (-20°C) is the minimum recommended temperature setting of the freezer compartment for normal ice production.

If your freezer is set at a higher temperature, it will not produce ice.

If your refrigerator model has an ice maker, the ice capacity of your ice maker can vary by model, but a good rule of thumb is 2 lbs. to 3.5 lbs. per day.

Initially set the REFRIGERATOR CONTROL at 37°F and the FREEZER CONTROL at 0°F. Leave them at these setting for 24 hours (one day) to stabilize. Then adjust the compartment temperature as needed.

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Making More Ice

If your model includes an ice maker feature, you'll be able to take advantage of always having ice available when you need it.


Ice-making stops when the bin gets full. If you need more ice, empty the ice bin into the extra container in the freezer and you are good to go.

Sometimes the ice piles up near the top of the ice maker, causing it to sense the bin is full and stop making ice. Shake the bin to level the ice in it.

Regulate the cube size by pressing the WATER AMOUNT SELECTION button. More water means bigger cubes, which need more time to become ice.

Lowering the temperature helps to make ice more quickly, but also try not to open the freezer doors so much.

If you're having a party and think you'll need a lot of ice, turn on the ICE PLUS feature, which is available on select models. ICE PLUS enables the freezer compartment to run at its coldest setting for a 24 hour period in order to increase the output of ice. This makes the compressor operate nonstop for three hours and increases ice production by up to 20%.

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If your model includes an ice maker, it may have up to three main components—the dispenser, the freezer and the ice maker itself—that deserve special care. Here are some dos and dont's that will have you enjoying the convenience of ice and water for years to come.

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