How Do Ice Makers Work?


How Do Ice Makers Work?

There is a switch in the ice maker that sends voltage to a solenoid operated water valve that is mounted to the back of the refrigerator. The switch only supplies voltage to the water valve solenoid for about 5-7 seconds.

The ice maker is filled with water and starts to freeze. Once the water turns to ice the heating element on the bottom of the ice maker mold turns on and melts the bottom of the ice cubes allowing them to be ejected easily.

Then the ice maker motor starts to turn the ejector blades. The ejector blades scoop out the ice cubes. As the ejector blades turn the shut off arm raises.

Once the cubes are ejected the shut off arm drops back down and a new cycle begins.

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