When your refrigerator’s ice maker isn’t working, you should definitely do some ice maker troubleshooting before calling repair.
Many people don’t even know how an icemaker works, so your ice maker problems can be a simple misunderstanding.
Make sure the metal arm on your ice maker is DOWN and any control is set to “ON.”
Is the water supply properly connected and turned on? It should be, also.
A loose drain cap can leave you with thin ice because water will empty from the water pan, so tighten that drain cap!
The drain tube could be clogged from sediment, which you can flush out by shutting off the water line, waiting, and turning back on. Ensure there are no kinks in the drain that could prevent the flow of rejected water out.
Those are just basic tips everyone should try before calling for ice maker repair. Hopefully it works for you.
If you have stainless steel refrigerator like I do (and especially if you have kids), chances are, that refrigerator looks like this:
Cleaning stainless steel appliances is not like cleaning other surfaces, because it’s easy to leave behind streaks from the actual cleaning process itself.
We sell a really good cleaner for stainless steel appliances called Citrushine. I used to use it all the time when I worked at the stores (if you think your kitchen is bad, imagine how much our appliances get touched!).
But sometimes company is coming over — which is about the only time I’ll polish my stainless steel — and you don’t have time to run to the store.
Try baby oil. Apply with an old towel or rag in small doses so you don’t end up with a greasy refrigerator and wipe with the grain for the shiniest finish.
Every once in a while, our sales staff gets an email reminder to make sure that customers really measure the size of the opening when buying a refrigerator.
Unfortunately, the reminder comes on the heels of enough deliveries of refrigerators that failed to fit into a customer’s space that it merited mention. And that’s too many.
Laugh now, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to make the mistake of thinking your refrigerator size is “standard” or that you’ve properly measured your space.
Once you give us accurate dimensions, we’ll help you find a fridge to fit. A good rule of thumb is at least 1/2-inch larger opening than the refrigerator. This allows for stuff you just can’t see, like unlevel flooring and bowing refrigerator sides, to name a few.
There are oddities that you just might not consider…
I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but my new refrigerator (installed New Year’s Eve) only fit because our delivery crews are like the appliance version of Bear Grylls: amazing in difficult situations. I measured the width of my opening from my lower cabinet, never dreaming that the upper cabinet actually narrowed my space by about an inch — weird.
Also, I forgot that having a bottom freezer means that the drawer now would pull straight out instead of a door swinging over, meaning that the window frame on the opposite side of the cabinets a few inches in front of my refrigerator would basically block that function. Because of the narrower width of the upper cabinet, I couldn’t just move my fridge to the left. Oops.
Thankfully, the crew was able to subtly shift the refrigerator, say, 15 degrees.
You don’t notice that my fridge isn’t straight, and the drawer cheats the window frame by a hair 🙂
So, even Appliance Retail Royalty make mistakes in their measurements. Be thorough.
(At the risk of sounding pretentious) My beloved theory of chase and flight posits a privileged class of people whose behaviors and tastes subordinate others “chase,” thus motivating the former to run — fast.
What does this have to do with appliances? Think of commercial-grade appliances and then look at the stainless steel kitchen package we sell for $1499 (through Sept. 5!).
Same goes for energy efficiency.
ENERGY STAR was created by The Man in 1992 to encourage the purchase and manufacture of energy-efficient home products through a voluntary program labeling the most-efficient products.
It’s good news that products have become more energy efficient. But when many or most of the products in a category qualify for the Energy Star, it makes it harder, not easier, for consumers to identify the truly exceptional products.
The 2011 efficiency clique calls out the best in four categories, including clothes washers and refrigerators.
Here’s a sampling of the best washers and refrigerators:
Not only is it sexy, this LG washer kills allergens, can maintain cleaning performance without heating the water and has a 15-minute wash option for us procrastinators. And it’s also on sale through Labor Day.
This Frigidaire steam washer offers a little more capacity, NSF certified cleaning power and power saver cycle that apparently reduces energy use by 60%.
This Frigidaire washer is the big sister to the previous (more capacity) plus an allergen cycle.
This Electrolux steam washer also is NSF certified plus it fit the most clothes in one cycle and it has the fastest wash and dry time (if you have the dryer: 15 and 14 minutes, respectively).
And refrigerators: there were only two and there’s practically the same, save for depth. One will stick out from your cabinets, the other will sit back in line with them and set you back an additional $400.