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Published on May 23rd, 2013 | by Chris Hall


How to speed up your ice maker & get ice faster

If your ice maker isn’t making ice fast enough, your freezer might not be cold enough. Here’s how an ice maker works:

  1. A switch inside the ice maker control turns on the water supply, which is an electric water inlet valve on the back of the refrigerator.
  2. The water runs through a small tube in the back of the freezer wall and dumps into the ice maker cube tray.
  3. The ice cube tray must reach a preset, low temperature. There is a small thermostat attached to the tray which is sensing the temperature.
  4. When the temperature is reached, the thermostat allows power to flow through an electric heater on the bottom of the tray – this slightly warms the tray so the cubes will release.
  5. Once the tray is warmed, a small motor in the ice maker control begins to rotate a sweep arm, which pushes the cubes up and out of the tray.
  6. When the sweeper arm returns to its starting point, the switch inside the ice maker control turns on the water supply again and the entire cycle repeats until the ice bin is full.

Need ice more quickly? The easiest way to do this is to reduce the freezer’s temperature. Ideally, freezers should be set to between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 to -15 C). When the freezer is colder, the ice freezes faster and the ice cube tray thermostat reaches its set temperature.

Something broken? has free troubleshooting information with symptoms for common ice maker problems. There, you’ll find information about the likely causes, the correct, recommended parts as well as how-to repair information. With your refrigerator’s model number, head to

Related post: Three quick fixes for broken ice makers

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About the Author

Lifelong do-it-yourselfer Chris Hall is president and co-founder of After running his successful appliance repair business for 10 years, Chris recognized that many of his customers could easily complete their own appliance repairs, if they had a resource with free, reliable repair help and the ability to get the correct part, fast. In 1999, he and co-founder Larry Beach made that happen for DIYers. Since 1999, Chris has provided tips about appliance safety, care and repair as well as energy and money-saving advice to thousands of blogs, newspapers, magazines and radio and TV shows. In January 2012, Woman’s Day referred to Chris as one of America’s ultimate experts in the appliance industry. Chris has a B.A. in business from Cleary University. He lives with his family in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. He still regularly completes appliance, outdoor power equipment and HVAC equipment repairs for fun.

7 Responses to How to speed up your ice maker & get ice faster

  1. Norm says:

    So much better than the gut at the hardware store who told a friend, :It’s magic!” She almost punched him.

  2. a marie hj saver says:

    Thanks that is really helpful information – I never really gave the ice maker much thought.

  3. Mr Thomas E Ticknor says:

    this is an extremely helpful article

  4. MaureenC says:

    Thanks! This is great!

  5. Ruby Barnes says: ROCKS! I can always find what I need :) Thank you SO much!!!

  6. Jeff delMas says:

    Makes sense. I have found good advice, how to’s and appliance parts here many times!

  7. thomas tucker says:

    Thanks for tip. Been having some issues & I think this may help.

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