2 Little (but Important!) Things You’re Probably Not Doing for Your Freezer’s Ice Maker

updated May 18, 2020
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Imagine this scene: It’s a warm afternoon, and you’re hankering for a chilled beverage. Maybe it’s an iced latte, or maybe it’s a margarita. But the drink choice is beside the point; ou just need something cold, and stat. So you go to your ice maker to fill your cup with cubes. Only you reach in to find one giant, craggy, frozen block. Time to grab a butter knife and chip away. 

What if you could prevent this all-too-common scenario altogether? You absolutely can. Optimizing the flow of your freezer’s ice maker is as easy as keeping up with these two little maintenance tasks.

Note: You also need to clean your freezer’s ice maker, but that’s a different story.

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1. Shake the ice bin as it fills up. 

Give the ice bin a good shake every now and then. (The best time to do this is when you hear the bin filling up with ice. Once the cubes get stuck together, they’ll be a lot more difficult to separate.) This way, you’ll keep the ice cubes from sticking together when they’re dropped out of their tray and you’ll help increase airflow around the cubes, so that they’re less likely to end up sticking together.

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2. Dump the bin from time to time.

It may seem like a waste, but sometimes you’ve gotta dump it all and just start over (versus chiseling away with a butter knife). This will also help keep the raker bar, which helps distribute ice evenly throughout the bin, clear to do its job.

If ice builds up around the bar, it can’t distribute the ice, and that will lead to even more clumps. (The ice maker might stop working altogether if the problem gets too big.) To keep this from happening, dump out your ice bin from time to time. If there’s difficult-to-remove ice buildup around the bar or somewhere else in the bin, spray a bit of cooking oil or use hot water to melt it. Then, empty the bin in your kitchen sink, wash the bin out, and start fresh. 

It might feel like a hassle in the moment, but you’ll thank yourself later when you’re sipping on your favorite cold drink!