With warm summer days quickly approaching, it’s worrisome if your Whirlpool ice maker is not making enough ice. So what do you do when you notice your ice maker is not working?

Having ice readily available is essential for hot days. Reaching into your freezer and coming out empty-handed means something might be wrong with your ice maker. We’ve made a list of four troubleshooting tips to use to determine why your ice maker is slow making ice or not making any at all.

Top 4 Reasons Your Whirlpool Ice Maker is Not Making Enough Ice

Freezer Temperature is Too High

Check It: Freezer temperatures should be around 0°F, plus or minus a few degrees. To accurately check the internal temperature of your freezer, place a cooking thermometer in a cup of cooking oil and let it sit for about two hours in the freezer. This gives you the most accurate reading.

Fix It: If the temperature is above 10°F, dirty condenser coils, frosted evaporator coils, or a faulty condenser fan could be the culprit. Clear any debris from the condenser coils if you notice it’s dirty. If the issue is the evaporator coils or the condenser fan, your unit needs to be serviced.

Water Filter is Clogged

Check It: An ice maker not working properly could be due to a clogged water filter. Test this by dispensing water with the water dispenser, taking out the water filter, then dispensing water again. If you notice the water flow increases after you remove the water filter, it’s time to replace it.

Fix It: Replace the water filter. Depending on your Whirlpool refrigerator model, the filter is found either inside the refrigerator compartment or in the base grille below the refrigerator. Find what filter you need in the user manual or looking up the model number online.

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Water Inlet Valve is Defective

If your Whirlpool ice maker is not making enough ice, check the water inlet valve. This component is an electronic valve that allows water to flow to the water dispenser and ice maker.

Check It: Start by inspecting the inlet valve for damage or leaks. You can also test the water valve for continuity using a multimeter. If the part shows no continuity, or if the valve is visibly leaking, you’ll need to install a new one.

Fix It: A defective water inlet valve requires replacement. Since disassembly is required, it’s best to have a professional service your refrigerator.

Ice Maker Assembly is Defective

Check It: When none of the above solutions work and you still find your ice maker not making ice, it’s time to look at the complete ice maker assembly. Make sure to troubleshoot all of the above issues first. If everything is in working order and your freezer temperature is below 15°F, the assembly is most likely at fault.

Fix It: Unfortunately, when one part of the assembly fails, the entire unit needs to be replaced. Individual parts for the assembly are rarely sold separately.

If your Whirlpool ice maker is not making enough ice and you need your refrigerator repaired, call Caesar’s Appliance Service to schedule an appointment.