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Ice Maker Repair Cost

Ice Maker Repair Cost

National average
$175
(replace the water inlet valve)
Low: $90

(service call, replace filter)

High: $300

(replace damaged ice maker)

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Ice Maker Repair Cost

National average
$175
(replace the water inlet valve)
Low: $90

(service call, replace filter)

High: $300

(replace damaged ice maker)

Cost to repair an ice maker varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from appliance repair specialists in your city.

The average cost to repair an ice maker is $175.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair an Ice Maker?

Having ice that is ready the second you need it is normally a convenience that you don’t think too much about until your ice maker stops working. Ice makers rely on their own mechanisms and can fail even if they are attached to an otherwise perfectly working refrigerator. Fixing an ice maker remedies common problems such as leaking, failing to produce ice, and not ejecting the ice.

The average cost to repair an ice maker is $150 - $200, with the average customer paying $175 for a replacement water inlet valve with professional labor fees.

Ice Maker Repair Costs

Ice maker repair costs
National average cost$175
Average range$150 - $200
Minimum cost$90
Maximum cost$250

Cost Factors

  • Brands. Ice makers from luxury brand refrigerators tend to cost more to fix than budget or mid-range brands. Parts for ice makers from refrigerator brands such as Sub-Zero, Miele, and Viking will be on the higher end than parts for ice makers that fit models from refrigerator brands such as Frigidaire, Kenmore, and Whirlpool. As an example, a Sub-Zero ice maker assembly costs an average of $100, while a Frigidaire ice maker assembly costs around $50.
  • Severity of the problem. Costs are also determined by what exactly the problem is with the ice maker. A clogged filter is an inexpensive fix and merely requires a new filter, with an estimated cost of $30. A broken water inlet valve is a more costly fix with an approximate repair price of $175 or more.
  • Professional labor costs. Ice maker repairs typically involve removing certain parts to access the ice maker assembly. If basic troubleshooting doesn’t fix an ice maker, it likely means the appliance needs professional repair or replacement. Technician rates for appliance repairs typically start at $100 per hour. An appliance repair service professional may also charge a flat-rate fee of approximately $150 for ice maker repair.
  • Parts availability. Certain ice maker parts are challenging to find. Some manufacturers may not sell the individual parts and instead sell the entire replacement assembly for the unit. Also, if the ice maker is from an older model refrigerator, replacement parts may be difficult to secure. Ice making machines were first placed inside the doors of refrigerators in 1965. Individuals with ice makers from pre-2000 will likely find it hard to get parts to fix their units.
  • Repair versus replacement. Sometimes the cost between repairing and replacing an ice maker is very close. Depending on the age of the unit, it may make more sense to have a new unit installed instead of replacing a few parts inside the assembly. This is especially true for ice makers older than 10 years.

Common Problems

When an ice maker stops working, there could be a number of reasons. Common ice maker problems include flooding, no ice production, and no power to the unit. The following table includes frequent issues in ice makers, as well as probable causes for the malfunction. Prices provided are cost estimates for the replacement parts needed to make the fix.

Common problemsCausesCost
Foul/moldy odor

Spilled food

Clogged filter

$5-$10

$20-$40

Flooding

Damaged plastic tubing

Defective water inlet valve

$15-$25

$50-$150

Ice cubes too big or small

Clogged filter

Broken ice level control board

$20-$40

$65-$90

Not producing enough ice

Low water pressure due to clogged filter

Ice maker frozen due to thermostat

$20-$40

$65-$130

No ice production

Broken control arm

Clogged water line

Defective water inlet valve

$20-$50

$40-$50

$50-$150

Ice not ejecting

Broken control arm

Faulty motor

$20-$50

$60-$150

Leaking from unit

Damaged water supply line

Defective water inlet valve

$25-$75

$50-$150

Power not turning offMalfunctioning sensors$30-$80
No powerMalfunctioning door switch$35-$75
Loud noises from unitClogged water line or poor water line connection$40-$50


Replacing an Ice Maker

Since many manufacturers don’t usually produce all of the parts needed to make a repair to an ice maker, replacement may be the best option. To replace an ice maker, the old unit would need to be unscrewed from the mount inside the freezer. As long as the ice maker isn’t malfunctioning due to an electrical issue, the new assembly is screwed into the mount and plugged into the existing wire harness. All covers must be removed and then reattached during the replacement.

Since the majority of ice maker replacements can be done in less than an hour, service professionals will charge around $100 to install a new assembly on top of the materials cost. The following table features the top ice maker brands and the average cost of a replacement ice maker.

BrandCost
Frigidaire$35-$110
Whirlpool$40-$100
Kenmore$45-$125
KitchenAid$55-$155
Maytag$75-$90
Samsung$80-$110
Sub-Zero$90-$150
Viking$90-$175
Miele$150-$300


Labor

Appliance repair agencies assist customers who need to fix or repair an ice maker. Professional repair is preferred for several reasons. First, ice makers have complex mechanisms that make them challenging to take apart and work on. Secondly, certain precautions must be taken when working on an ice maker including turning off the water and electric before repairs are made.

Hourly rates cost between $100 and $200 for most technicians. Other companies use a flat rate model of pricing for ice maker repairs and may charge around $150 to $250.

Repair companies may impose a service call fee of $50 to $100 for the initial assessment. However, if the customer moves ahead with the repairs, the service call price may be applied to the cost for the first hour of labor needed.

Typically, unless the unit is causing water to flood into the home, an emergency repair call is not needed. However, if a flooding or leaking issue is occurring due to the ice maker, an emergency service call should be considered. Companies normally have a surcharge of 10- 20% more for emergency service calls. Customers can expect to pay an average of $150 per hour for emergency ice maker repairs.

Additional surcharges may also be applicable if the customer lives outside of the company’s designated service area. Usually, technicians work within 50 miles of their location. Residences outside of that area may be charged 10% more per hour on top of the normal rate.

Maintenance

Performing basic maintenance will extend the lifespan of your ice maker. If you tend not to use the ice maker very often, turn the unit’s power off by lifting up the control arm. Luxury refrigerator models may have a control panel with a push button that halts ice production.

Water quality can also impact how well an ice maker runs. Newer refrigerator models typically include a filtration system for ice makers. Although how often you use the ice maker determines when a filter should be changed, most households need to change the filter every six months.

Regulating the freezer’s temperature also impacts how well the ice maker operates. If the freezer isn’t cold enough, the ice maker won’t function properly. For optimal performance and food safety purposes, freezers should be kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Every couple of months, it’s a good idea to turn off the ice maker and empty out the bin of ice. Wipe down all surface areas with mild soap and water. Dry the surface area completely before restoring power. Vinegar can also be used to clean an ice maker in place of soap since it has descaling qualities. Emptying the bin and cleaning out the unit may also help resolve any clogs.

Another maintenance task is to confirm that your refrigerator is level. When a refrigerator isn’t on level ground, different parts of the appliance may not work properly including the ice maker. To confirm that a refrigerator is level, place a level on top of the unit and adjust the leveling legs found at each corner of the unit. The legs are usually easily adjusted with a screwdriver. When a refrigerator is installed, a professional service company usually confirms that the appliance is level.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Permits. Most municipalities don’t require a permit to repair or install a new ice maker. Plumbing permits are only needed in the rare case that new piping is required.
  • Professional organizations. When selecting an appliance repair agency, look for professionals with certifications through organizations such as the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and the Institute of Appliance Service Technicians. These professional organizations confirm that the repair technicians have met the training requirements to successfully work on refrigeration parts, including an ice maker.
  • DIY. Although most ice makers repairs require a professional, minor issues like food spills that poorly affect food quality can be handled at home. Cleaning up a spill may cost around $5 to cover the price of cleaning supplies. Changing the filter may also be another DIY repair and will fall in the range of $20 to $40, depending on the ice maker model.
  • Choose the right professional. Interview each service professional before agreeing to any work orders. Go over the terms of the repair and confirm the technician has experience working on your brand of ice maker. To assist the technician, provide detailed information on the age, make, and model of the refrigerator before calling for service.
  • Refrigerator warranty. Check the warranty before deciding to perform repairs on an ice maker. Many refrigerator manufacturers include ice maker repair costs under a standard one-year limited warranty. Extended warranty plans may also cover ice maker replacements and repairs. Contact the warranty company before any service calls since unauthorized repairs may void coverage.
  • Off-brand parts. To reduce the cost of ice maker repairs, you can ask for quotes using off-brand parts. Generic replacement parts may cost as much as 50% less than branded versions. Factory refurbished parts may be another option to lower repair costs. However, any warranty coverage may be voided if these types of parts are installed on the ice maker.
  • Wait 24 hours after repairs. Keep in mind that an ice maker isn’t likely to work properly immediately after any repairs. For full operation to be restored, you may need to wait up to 24 hours. If the ice maker isn’t working correctly after 24 hours, another service call is required.
  • Warranty for ice maker repairs. Check with the technician about any warranty for repairs made to the ice maker. As an example, many appliance repair technicians guarantee their work for up to 90 days after the service call.

FAQ

  • What causes an ice maker to stop working?

Ice makers may stop working due to problems with the water source, such as a damaged water inlet valve or clogged water line. Malfunctions inside the mechanism can also lead to issues. These problems include faulty sensors, broken control arms, and damaged control boards. The simplest of fixes related to ice maker repairs include clogged filters, improper freezer temperatures, and spilled food or drinks inside the freezer.

  • Is it worth repairing a 10 year-old refrigerator?

According to Consumer Reports, refrigerators are intended to last up to 10 years. Instead of repairing a refrigerator toward the end of its lifespan, you may want to look into replacement models.

  • How long do ice makers last?

Ice makers have the same lifespan as refrigerators and should last up to 10 years as long as proper maintenance is performed. Never cleaning the ice maker or failing to regularly change the filter will cause it to fail prematurely.

  • How much does an ice maker cost?

Budget ice maker models cost around $50 to $75 while luxury model ice makers cost upwards of $100. With installation, consumers can expect to pay around $200 for an ice maker replacement.

  • How much does it cost to fix an ice maker?

On average, you can expect to pay $175 to fix a broken ice maker. The most common repair is fixing a broken water valve. The valve comes equipped with a screen to block any sediment from entering the ice maker. Over time, minerals and sediment build up and cause blockages.

  • How do I fix my ice maker?

Very simple fixes such as a jammed ice maker may be an option for the homeowner. To fix the issue, remove the bin from the ice maker and break them apart by hand or with an ice pick. Another way to fix an ice maker is to check the chute and remove any blockages that are preventing ice from dispensing. Repair technicians will be needed for any mechanical failures that require parts replacements.

  • How does an ice maker work?

Automatic ice makers run on timers that activate each ice-making cycle. At the start of the cycle, the water valve fills up each ice mold. The water remains in the mold for approximately seven minutes until each mold freezes. Once frozen, the mold includes a heating element to loosen the ice by melting the edges slightly. The ice maker’s motor is then responsible for removing the ice from the mold by scooping it out and placing it in a storage bin.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Adelanto, CA
-1%
Alpharetta, GA
+9%
Anaheim, CA
+21%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Aurora, IL
+21%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Calabash, NC
-29%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Durham, NC
-1%
Felton, DE
-13%
Fort Collins, CO
-11%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gary, IN
+11%
Homestead, FL
-2%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jarrell, TX
-5%
Jonesboro, AR
-15%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Lithonia, GA
+9%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
New York, NY
+77%
Newport News, VA
-12%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Peoria, AZ
-2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Quincy, MA
+38%
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