How To Reset the Ice Maker? A [Step-By-Step] Guide

To reset your ice maker, press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds. Look through your refrigerator’s user manual to find the reset button’s position in your ice maker. But resetting may not solve the problem.

If your ice maker has trouble making ice, there can be many reasons behind the issue.

Luckily, by the end of this post, you’ll figure out the problem. I’ve experienced this issue as a refrigerator owner. I’ll guide you through pinpointing the problem and solving it yourself.

Getting Rid of Ice Clogs

Ice can clog the ice maker and stop it from functioning. Ice usually melts and re-freezes in the wrong spots. So, the ice maker will be doing its job. But the clogged pathway will keep the ice from falling out.

In a case like this, you’ll hear the machine make the usual ice-making noises. All you have to do is melt the ice clogs.

Start by breaking the bigger chunks. That way, they may melt. After that, spray warm water on the ice clogs. You can also use a warm towel if you’re not too keen on cleaning melted ice later on. It should immediately solve the issue. Otherwise, you can continue with the rest of the troubleshooting tips.

Adjusting Control Arm

Most people don’t even know what a control arm or feeler arm is. It’s a plastic or metallic rod that maintains the amount of ice produced. Its purpose is to prevent overflowing ice.

Sometimes, the clogged ice we talked about earlier can cause this feeler arm to get stuck at the wrong level. It makes perfect sense that the ice maker will not make ice if the control arm is too high.

Look for this rod in the Kismile’s ice maker. You can give it a push or two to bring it to your desired level. Immediately, the ice maker should resume its job.

If you don’t hear water running inside the ice maker, the problem is elsewhere.

Replacing Water Filter

Some ice makers come with a built-in water filter so that the ice they produce is fit for use. Such machines stop working if the water filter stops doing its job.

Replacing the water filter is pretty straightforward too. You have to twist out the old filter and twist in the new one. Once again, you can go through the user manual if confused about the process.

Double-checking Electric And Water Connections

It’s time to get slightly more technical but with caution. You can get to the electric wires of the ice maker. Make sure to take all necessary precautions to avoid getting an electric shock.

Look at the connections. Does any wire look loose, unplugged, or exposed? If yes, you can fix it. But if you’re not sure about what to do or have safety concerns, we shouldn’t take risks. Hire an electrician to take a look.

You may inspect the water connection. Any leak or blockage means the ice maker isn’t getting the sole ingredient required to make the ice.

You can untangle the kinks or tighten the leaking pipe. If the need arises, you can replace the plumbing connection to solve your problem.

Restarting Ice Maker

If you’ve come so far down the list, you’ve had no luck with the previous solutions. So let’s get down to the obvious basics. You can try turning the ice maker off and on.

Most ice makers have the reset button behind the ice tray. You may pull it out. That way, you’ll be able to spot the button. If not, the user manual of the refrigerator will guide you.

You may push the reset button for 3 to 10 seconds, depending on your ice maker’s model and manufacturer. This will restart the device. You’ll know for sure when you hear water flowing toward the ice maker.

Restarting Refrigerator

Some ice makers don’t have an independent reset option. To reboot them, you’ll have to restart your refrigerator.

You can toggle the on/off button, if your refrigerator has one, and pull out the plug. You may also keep it unplugged for 5 minutes before you turn it back on.

This will reboot the entire refrigerator’s system. It should hopefully fix your ice maker too.


There’s no need to suffer with a broken ice maker while you wait for your technician’s appointment. Troubleshooting and repairing a moody ice maker is no rocket science! You also don’t have to go out and buy a new one immediately.

You can go through the mentioned possibilities one by one. That way, you can save time and money by following the easy solutions to reset an ice maker on your own!

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